Lyons - Curly, the middle of 8 children, was born
in Kennewick WA, to
Albert and E Jeannette Behrens. Leaving home at age 14 to ride the
rails, Curly learned how to work at many different trades.
Eventually he was old enough to enter the Merchant Marines at 16
where he traveled the world doing what he loved, sailing the
oceans. In 1944 he joined the US Navy and went off to serve during
WWII in the South Pacific Theatre.
After the war Curly joined his brother at Freres
Logging Camp where he met Wahneta Wagner, his first wife. They
were married and lived for 52 years in Lyons, raising 3 children,
working a full time job while ranching.
After logging and mill work, Curly went to work for the US
Forest Service and eventually became the Timber Sales Officer for
the Detroit Ranger Station where he worked until he retired in
After losing Wahneta to a stroke in 2002 he met and
married MaryAnn Nydigger in 2003. Curly and MaryAnn traveled the
US, crossing the country twice with a side trip to Alaska. They
also took a cruise around the Cape of Good Hope, the one point of
land that Curly had not sailed around. Curly loved fishing and
being the captain of his boat which he piloted out of Astoria. He
was a member of the St Patrick’s Church in Lyons, the Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation and the USS Saginaw Bay Alumni. Having a
beautiful tenor voice he also sang in the choir at the St.
Boniface Church in Sublimity
for 15 years.
Curly is survived by his spouse of almost 10 years,
MaryAnn Behrens, Two of his 3 children, Michelle Behrens-Webb and
Terry R Behrens. Four Step Children, Lenard Gulstrom, Darell
Gulstrom, Troy Gulstrom, and Molly Freeman, 4 grand children, 18
step-grand children, 6 great grand children, 6 step-great grand
children and two sisters, Alberta Barrows and Edith Waring. He was
preceded in death by his first wife Wahneta and daughter Katherine
Vigil/Rosary will be Thurs night at 7 pm, May 10th
at Immaculate Conception Church
in Stayton. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11 am at
Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Jordan. Interment will follow
service at St Mary’s Cemetery in Stayton. Donations to Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation or the Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope or
flowers. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.