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Roger E. Behning, 62

Roger Elmer Behning, age 62, of Lester Prairie, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at his residence.

He was born June 22, 1948, in Glencoe, the son of Elmer and Betty Moravec Behning. Roger was baptized July 27, 1948, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith April 15, 1962 at the same church.

Roger graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1966. He later attended Ridgewater College in Hutchinson for machining technology for two years.

He honorably served his country in the Army National Guard from 1966-1972.

Roger was joined in holy marriage to Carol F. Ackland Oct. 23, 1971, in Hutchinson. God blessed their marriage with three children.

Roger engaged in dairy farming on his family’s century farm for many years, the fourth generation to farm the homestead. In 1989, Roger and Carol were named “McLeod County Farm Family of the year.”

Roger was also a machinist for 14 years.

He was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, and through the years, served on various church boards. Roger also served on the Lester Prairie and Glencoe Elevator Board and belonged to The McLeod County Historical Society.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, playing sheephead, and gardening.

Roger is survived by his wife, Carol; children Tammi Heimerl of Waconia and fiancé Jeff, Ryan (Tanya) Behning of Princeton, and David (Melissa) Behning of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Jacob, Alex, Riley, Jack, Tanner, Madelynn, Noah, Tyler and Justin.

He is further survived by a sister, Barb, of Arlington; three nephews, Doug, Grant (Jill), and Brad Bening; aunts Marianne Breyer of Glencoe, and Ruth Kuenzel of Shorewood; godparents Dorothy LaMott of Silver Lake, and Norman Benkowski of Lester Prairie; godchildren Doug Bening, Emily Kuenzel and Jill McEdward; and other relatives and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Betty Behning; a godchild, Shannon Hope Jungclaus; grandparents Herman and Bertha Behning, and Joseph and Cecelia Moravec; and by a godparent, Roy Moravec.

Funeral services took place Thursday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. David R. Erbel officiating. Interment was at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.

Casket bearers were Doug Bening, Grant Bening, Brad Bening, Skylar Ackland, Curt Berry, and Dean Larson.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.