Loren Carl Behm, 1959

Winter 2018 (January 13, 2018)

Loren Carl Behm, former Luther staff involved with the treasurer’s office and student loans, died October 12, 2017. Sympathy can be extended to his wife Betty (Eide) Behm ‘57 at 1942 Golden Vista Drive, Las Vegas, NV.

Loren Carl Behm was born June 21,1933, in West Allis, Wis., the son of Frederick Emil Michael Behm and Nan Rangheld Monson Behm. He was baptized and confirmed                                at Mount Hope Lutheran Church, West Allis, Wis. He graduated from West Allis Central High School in June, 1951. He was employed for two years at Line Material Company in Milwaukee. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of 1953 and served for two years with 1954/55 being spent in Seoul, Korea. His tour of duty ended June 1955. In Sept. 1955 he enrolled at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He graduated from Luther in May 1959.

While at Luther he met and married his wife Betty Jane (Eide) Behm ‘57 on Sept. 1, 1956. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Sept. 2006 with a trip to Hawaii. Betty graduated in May 1957 and landed a teaching position as a sixth grade Teacher at Decorah Community Schools.

Upon Graduation in May 1959 they moved to Madison, Wis., where Loren was employed in the Insurance field. He spent four years in claims and six years in the sales field. Betty did substitute teaching in Madison Schools. While living in Madison, Loren and Betty were blessed with the birth of their daughter Lori Caryn on June 29th 1959. Another blessing came in 1966 when they adopted Frederick Arthur who was born July 12th 1966. This family was further blessed on May 19th, 1976, when Barbara Jean (BJ), our bi-centennial baby, was born in Decorah.

In the spring of 1969 Loren was in contact with Erling Naeseth ‘47, Luther college professor, who arranged an interview for a position in the Luther Colleges Treasurer’s Office. He was hired in July 1969 and served for 26 years retiring in July 1995.

Living in Decorah brought many blessings, among them was membership in Decorah Lutheran Church, serving as chairman on the City of Decorah Board of Adjustment, and enjoyed thirty-three year membership in the Luren Singing Society. He served as President of Luren in 1986-1988. He also was a member of the “Norwegian Singers Association of America” and served as recording secretary for twelve years.

In July 2002 Loren and Betty moved to Moorpark, Calif., where they had purchased a home. They enjoyed the sunny warm weather and the friendliness of neighbors in their Moorpark Neighborhood.

Leaving Decorah Iowa after 33 years was hard but they were again blessed when they found membership in Ascension Lutheran Church of Thousand Oaks, Calif. They enjoyed the activities, especially the Senior Group’s Day trips and Tours that this active church provides as well as the small group Bible study called “Christ Care.” In 2010 they moved to Las Vegas to be with family. In Vegas they joined Christ the Servant Lutheran Church where they were also active in the Bible Study.

Loren is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Jane (Eide) Behm ‘57, two daughters Lori Caryn (Behm) Bergan ‘81 (Steven Bergan ‘83) of Henderson, Nev. and Barbara Jean (BJ) Behm of Henderson Nev., one son Fredrick Arthur Behm (Marly) of Charles City, Iowa, five grandchildren: Randi, Paige, Max, Dylan, and Brenan and four great grandchildren: Alyssa, Hayden, Caleb, and Ryan, also a sister Arlene Rachiele of Glenview, Ill.