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Fred W. Behrens

May 5, 1948 — March 23, 2023

Frederick William Behrens, 74, of Marysville, KS, passed away March 23, 2023, at Frankfort Community Care Home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, from noon to 9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 31, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Marysville. Rev. Philip Miller and Pastor Jay Williamson will officiate. Janet Fritschi is organist and the congregation will sing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Amazing Grace" and " Precious Lord Take My Hand." Honorary pallbearers are Will Engelken, Ryan Sand, Jerret Hynek, Bryant Hynek and Marrah Hynek. Burial will be in the Marysville City Cemetery. Fred was the second born son to the Rev. Donald and Viola Duensing Behrens on May 5, 1948 in Kimball, NE. He graduated in 1966 from Cheyenne County High School in St. Francis, KS. He attended St. Johns College/Southwestern in Winfield, KS and graduated in May of 1975. He worked various jobs until settling in Marysville in 1978. He then began working for Farmers Union Insurance until retirement in 2014. On May 25th, 1974 he was united in marriage to Mary Colleen Lally at Mt Calvary Lutheran church in Marysville, KS. This union brought two children, Amy and Ryan. In 1981 they purchased the Country Cousin Motel and operated it until 2014, along with his insurance office in the lobby. They also operated a small auto dealership, Country Side Sales for 25 years. In 1968 he was drafted into the US Army. He served 89 days but was discharged after being injured in a non-army related accident. He later served on various boards and held multiple seats within the American Legion post #163. He was guardian and caretaker for his sister, Arloa. During this time he served on the board for Twin Valley Developmental services. Fred loved muscle cars, especially Mach 1 Mustangs, and Corvettes. He was a collector. Colleen, him, and usually Amy, too would travel to flea markets and find “alley stuff.” For years he was an avid Nascar, and Jeff Gordon fan, and rarely missed a Chiefs football game. He was a people person and loved chatting with everyone, he didn’t know a stranger and was loved by anyone that knew him. No one meant more to him than his family, though. He was a proud and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He spent many days and nights watching the grandkids in anything they were doing. He spent hours on the phone with both of his brothers weekly. His absence will be felt by them all and memories of him will be cherished forever. He is being reunited in Heaven with his parents, beloved son Ryan Behrens, brother Paul Behrens, and niece Angel Rupprecht. Left to remember him are his wife Colleen Behrens, Marysville; daughter Amy Behrens, partner Dustin Nebe, Geneva, NE, and their children Jerret, Bryant and Marrah Hynek, son, Jason (Missy) Sand, and their daughter Ryan, Beatrice, NE; grandson, Will Engelken, Baileyville, KS; brothers, Dave (Charlene) Behrens, Marysville, KS and Nathan (Audrey) Behrens, Charlotte, NC; sister, Arloa Behrens, Marysville, KS; in-laws, Terry (Jayne) Lally, Fairfield, NE, Shauna (Robert) Engelken, Seneca, KS, Michelle Wassenberg, Marysville, KS; nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends. A memorial fund has been established to Twin Valley Developmental services. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Fred W. Behrens, please visit our flower store.



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