OBITUARY

Melvin "Mel" J. Behrends

March 29, 1938October 14, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Melvin John “Mel” Behrends, Jr., 83, of Pekin, passed away at 12:19 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home.

Born March 29, 1938 in Pekin to Melvin John and Vera (McDonald) Behrends, Sr., he married June Kay Leslie on July 2, 1966 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Stacey D. (Brian) Brienen of Pekin; one son, Shawn Leslie Behrends of Pekin; two grandsons, Joshua (Alyssa) Brienen and Jayson (Rebecca) Brienen; four great-grandchildren, Conner Brienen, Bryse Brienen, Case Brienen and Emersyn Brienen. He also leaves his brother-in-law, John (Janice) Leslie of Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister-in-law, Jan Leslie of Tremont and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marilyn Thome and Joan Stickle.

Mel was a 1956 graduate of Pekin Community High School and later graduated from Illinois Central College with his Associates Degree. He also had served in the United States Air Force.

He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 42 years, retiring in 1999 as a training instructor.

Mel was a devoted member of Pekin Bible Church, where he was a Deacon and served as Treasurer for 12 years. He also served the church as an usher, choir member and had formerly taught children’s church. He enjoyed being part of the Locust Grove Bible Study for many years and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Angler’s Society.

His favorite activity was supporting and being at his grandson’s sporting events.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Chad Nightingale will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pekin Bible Church, 2405 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ed Autrey
  • Chris Fardel
  • Roger Fardel
  • Scott Goodall
  • Joshua Brienen
  • Jayson Brienen
  • Connor Brienen, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Mitzi Cross

October 16, 2021

Wanted to say how sorry we are to the whole family, but especially to Joshua and Alyssa. As you mourn, Jesus celebrated! He is now out of reach for you, but he is whole and in the presence of the Lord! We pray that his memories will fill your hearts with joy not sadness for that is what he would want! Saying goodbye is hard, but this life is short and when you see him again in glory it will be forever! His life had a purpose in making each of you who you are and he is with you everywhere you go because he is in your heart. Celebrate his life and celebrate being a part in his life. We know he will be missed and we are so sorry for your loss. Love Mitzi and Brian

Kathy Blake

October 16, 2021

June, Stacey and Shawn, my sincerest sympathies. God bless you and all your family now and the days ahead.

Jim and Kathy Burdette

October 15, 2021

June and Family, we just learned of Mel's passing tonight. We send our deep sympathy and love to you.
I am confident Mel is with Our Lord and enjoying a wonderful reunion with the many loved ones who passed over before him.

HUGS

Jim and Kathy

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