Harry G. Behrens

December 11, 2012

By Contributor

Harry G. Behrens

Passing away just short of their 60th anniversary, Dad left Mom on Dec. 2, 2012. Dad was born in Malvern, Ark., in 1930, raised among pine trees, loving sisters and loving parents.

Arriving in California via Route 66 as a young teenager, he was the Stockton Record’s paper boy extraordinaire, earning a college scholarship in the process. During his student days at UC Berkeley, he met Martha Hughes at a church function, and that was that. After courtship, kittens literally burst out of a bag to announce that “the cat was out of the bag” about their engagement.

Achieving the level of second lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War, their wedding took place in between sailings, in Stockton, in 1953. Dad loved his Navy service. After the war, he earned a master’s degree in water quality from Berkeley.

Mom and Dad settled in Sacramento, where they raised us, Tom and Jan. The first three years of his career were spent with the California State Department of Water Quality. Dad then worked for the Sacramento City Water Department, eventually becoming manager. He was an employee of the city for 25 years before relocating to Tacoma, where he was employed for three years with Kennedy Jenks Engineering.

Dad’s engineering mind loved solving problems. Tennis shoes could be retread with melted bicycle tire. Contact lenses down the drain could be retrieved with Vaseline on a chopstick. Our homes are filled with furniture he crafted from wood scraps and hand tools. He loved McDonald’s, old classic movies, cheap buffets and his Lord Jesus.

Dad is reunited in heaven with his dear mother Ethel and his son Tom. He is survived by the love of his life Marti, his daughter Jan and her husband John, Tom’s wife Cara, and his grandchildren Joshua and Elizabeth, who were a great joy. He is also survived by his sisters Polly and Kay, and their children and grandchildren, all of whom kept his heart warm. Marti’s sister Margaret has been a joy accompanying us as a lifetime traveler.

Shine on, Arkansas Boy. We’ll meet again in the land of Jesus and buttermilk cornbread.

A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Issaquah, on Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Private interment will be held at an earlier date. The family suggests a donation to the Salvation Army, Harry’s favorite charity, in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. Sign an online guestbook at www.flintofts.com.

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