Kenneth Orville Behne

June 8, 1948May 3, 2019

Kenneth Orville Behne, 70, of Eldridge, IA passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Graveside services will be held at 12:30 PM, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Those wishing to attend should be at The Runge Mortuary by 12:00 PM. Online tributes may be expressed at

Kenneth was born on June 8, 1948 to Orville and Josephine (Ruley) Behne in Anamosa, IA. He was united in marriage to Christine Sumpter Behne on September 25, 1999 in Long Grove, IA. He proudly served in the U.S. Military from 1965 to 1971. He first served in the U.S. Navy Reserves and then served as a medic in the Marines. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He worked for 33 years as a respiratory therapist for Genesis Medical Center.

Kenneth had many hobbies including hunting and collecting antiques. More than anything, he loved spending time with family. He loved to cook and his family especially loved his hot Italian beef sandwiches.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Josephine Ruley of Oxford Junction; wife, Christine Behne; children, Karrie (Scott) Drummond of Davenport, IA, Danielle (Anthony Kopf) Behne of DeWitt, IA and Desiree (Eric) Banks of Bettendorf, IA; step-children, Dana (Fred) Wooten of Davenport, IA, Brendan Disney of Eldridge, IA and Cassandra (Miles) Crafton of Eldridge, IA; fourteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and brother, Wayne (Nancy) Behne of Lowden, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Behne and sister, Marilyn Behne.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 9, 2019


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Craig DeMoss

May 7, 2019

My sympathy to the Ken Behne family. He was a long time friend and classmate as well as a family friend. He was a brother by another mother. We will all miss him but remember the good times.

Mikel O’Klock

May 7, 2019

I remember Ken as a very caring and sympathetic therapist that was dedicated to his patients and to his fellow therapists. He would always bring humor when humor was so needed to help deal with those days that just did not work as we wanted them to. He was always there with a hilarious story or with a great deal that you just cannot pass up. I feel very privileged to have known you and to have worked with you. I will miss you Ken Behne.

Roger Hamann

May 7, 2019

We send our sincere sympathy to Ken’s family. The angels are rejoicing! May he rest in eternal peace. God rest his soul.

Claudia Mercer

May 7, 2019

What a sweetheart. Worked with Ken for 25 yrs. Good man and what a sense of humor. Good times. The jokes he told would make you laugh so hard you would cry. I will miss him.