A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm, Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Eastside Church of Church, 310 E. 2nd Street, Dexter, NM for Ardell Richard Behnke, age 73, of Hagerman, who passed away on June 21, 2015. Minister Robert Bowles will be officiating.
Ardell was born in Wausau, Wisconsin to William and Dorothea Behnke on April 20, 1942. He married Judith D. Greenwood in Greeley, Colorado in 1989, between them they had six children.
He began his work career on the family owned dairy and drove transport trucks for many years. He loved having fun with anyone in whom he came in contact with. He enjoyed a good joke and would tell jokes just so that he could see people's reactions. He served the church by maintaining the church grounds and all of the maintenance needs. Ardell loved his Lord and his church. He will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Judith and their children; brother, Dennis Behnke of Merrill, Wisconsin; sisters, Arlene Henke and her husband Richard of Merrill, Wisconsin; Jean Richards and Cheryl Steckling both of Wausau, Wisconsin and Linda Flieschman of Gleason, Wisconsin; 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Delores Hloucal.
Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel
Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapel.com