OBITUARY

Charles Dean Behr

September 27, 1935December 31, 2020

Charles D. Behr of Brighton, passed away December 31, 2020 at 85 years of age.

Beloved husband of Mary Jo for 62 years. Loving father of Sherry (David) Hanovich, Donna (Dennis) Goers, Bonnie (Steve) DeLor and Scott (Renae) Behr. Proud grandfather of Brent Hanovich, Kenny (Melissa) Hanovich, Nathan (Charlotte) Hanovich, Jenny (Ryan) Vanderlist, Dennis Goers, Jr., Amannda Goers, Hannah Goers, Jeremy DeLor, Abigail Delor, Brittany Behr, Ashley Behr and Tanner Behr. Great-grandfather of Benjamin and Henry Vanderlist, William and Declan McMurran and Lincoln Needham. Brother of Judith (Edward) Kiefiuk. Sadly he is preceded in death by his son, Bryan Behr and one granddaughter, Nicole Behr.

Charles was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was a man of deep Faith which served as the foundation of his life. Mary Jo was the love of his life. With three quiet squeezes of their entwined hands, they spoke "I love you" to one another. Their love served as a textbook for how to live the wedding vows they spoke to one another 62 years ago. His life was lived simply and authentically, based in his deep love of family. His family was the pride and joy, and with Mary by his side, family was all he needed to be happy in life. If he could make someone smile or laugh, he considered it a successful moment. He was an engineer by trade with a mind that never stopped problem solving and creating. He enjoyed golfing, boating, old cars, air shows and snowmobiling. He loved to tinker with cars and was known to be a "Jack of all trades". He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3501 E. Highland Road. Please understand that the church capacity is limited to 75, due to the size of the "immediate and extended family" we would be honored to have friends join us in remembrance of Chuck via live stream https://www.faithhighland.com/behr. You may also offer your heartfelt condolences on this website. Thank you in advance for respecting these wishes. Memorial contributions suggested to Faith Lutheran Church Community Outreach Program.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

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  • Burial

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Dean Woodfield

January 7, 2021

More than anything, I'll remember Chuck with a smile on his face. To me he was always smiling with an easy laugh and full of energy. I still remember him telling the story about making the commercial about ABS brakes, and stopping the car just before the wall with his heart beating out of his chest only to be told by the director they wanted the car to stop a little closer. Chuck laughed about the fact that they had to use his take because when the stunt driver tried it he crashed the Lincoln Continental into the wall and totaled it. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck will be missed, let us know if you need anything.

Dean Woodfield

Lisa Tennant

January 7, 2021

I just participated in the live stream. I always remember how close your family is. So sorry for your loss.
I remember great family gatherings at your home, everyone always felt welcome there.
One memory about Chuck we always thought was unique, when he was in a car commercial.
May God bless your family.

Janet Kramb

January 7, 2021

Chuck you sure will be missed.
You sure loved your cars! Even a few short months ago when I brought your new vehicle to your home you were excited to see it and check it all out.
Your humor was always fun and how special you were to want to make people smile all the time.
God's Peace!

robert KIEFIUK

January 6, 2021

My prayers and condolences to Mary and family.
Chuck was a proud husband, loving father, and a perpetual happy person. Your pleasant memories of a full and happy life will become your family treasure.
God Bless

Jeff Grenke

January 3, 2021

I have so many great memories of Chuck, I was blessed to be a friend of his son Bryan growing up. The Behr’s treated me as family and I will always cherish the memories I had with them. I have so much respect how Chuck ,Mary and the whole clan handled the good and difficult times this life presents us. Chuck is a true role model. He will be missed. I am thankful I got to see him last June
Mary you picked a winner so did he !!

Cheryl Taylor

January 3, 2021

Chuck is the best neighbor I could ever have here in Hartland.
Chuck was so warm, friendly and helpful to everyone he met.
He always had a smile and usually a joke to share with me and I'm sure with most people he encountered.
He was truly a child of God's and so faithful to his religion and in
the life he led .
Chuck will be missed by so many but is now with his heavenly Father and
at peace and smiling down on all of us.
God Be With The Entire Family at this sad time
Cheryl Taylor

Judith Kiefiuk

January 3, 2021

I could write a book about my Memories of my Brother my best friend, from the very young years we were very close, we did fun things together. I can remember those years but not where I put something yesterday. He had the cutest smile when he got his first train for Christmas, his eyes sparkled. He took me to pick up Mary for their first date I waited in the car and could see her brothers put him against the wall so I locked the doors and crawled under the dash, of course when they came out I opened the doors and went in back seat they then took me home and went on the date. Chuck had good taste when he found Mary she is now my Sister the best thing he did. Love him so much was always so proud of him R I P Dear Brother I thank GOD for giving me such
a Great Brother and Friend. You take a piece of my Heart with you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Charles D. Behr of Brighton, passed away December 31, 2020 at 85 years of age.

Beloved husband of Mary Jo for 62 years. Loving father of Sherry (David) Hanovich, Donna (Dennis) Goers, Bonnie (Steve) DeLor and Scott (Renae) Behr. Proud grandfather of Brent Hanovich, Kenny (Melissa) Hanovich, Nathan (Charlotte) Hanovich, Jenny (Ryan) Vanderlist, Dennis Goers, Jr., Amannda Goers, Hannah Goers, Jeremy DeLor, Abigail Delor, Brittany Behr, Ashley Behr and Tanner Behr. Great-grandfather of Benjamin and Henry Vanderlist, William and Declan McMurran and Lincoln Needham. Brother of Judith (Edward) Kiefiuk. Sadly he is preceded in death by his son, Bryan Behr and one granddaughter, Nicole Behr.

Charles was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was a man of deep Faith which served as the foundation of his life. Mary Jo was the love of his life. With three quiet squeezes of their entwined hands, they spoke "I love you" to one another. Their love served as a textbook for how to live the wedding vows they spoke to one another 62 years ago. His life was lived simply and authentically, based in his deep love of family. His family was the pride and joy, and with Mary by his side, family was all he needed to be happy in life. If he could make someone smile or laugh, he considered it a successful moment. He was an engineer by trade with a mind that never stopped problem solving and creating. He enjoyed golfing, boating, old cars, air shows and snowmobiling. He loved to tinker with cars and was known to be a "Jack of all trades". He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3501 E. Highland Road. Please understand that the church capacity is limited to 75, due to the size of the "immediate and extended family" we would be honored to have friends join us in remembrance of Chuck via live stream https://www.faithhighland.com/behr. You may also offer your heartfelt condolences on this website. Thank you in advance for respecting these wishes.

Memorial contributions suggested to Faith Lutheran Church Community Outreach Program.