Recent Stayton Obituaries





LaVerne H (Curly) Behrens
Sept 3 1924 - May 6, 2012 

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 1986.

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  Behrens.

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.


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