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Joe William Behler

November 26, 1923 - May 14, 2019

Joe William Behler, 95, of Glidden and La Grange passed away May 14, 2019 at Columbus TLC nursing home.

He was born November 26, 1923 in La Grange to Joseph and Annie (Wittman) Behler. He married Elma E. Vaclavick on November 30, 1942.

At age 18, he delivered RC Cola in La Grange. He moved to Houston to work in the ship yard during the war. He was unable to get in the service due to his asthma. He went back to La Grange as a dragline operator for a gravel company, worked there for 50 years. He was a hardworking man and would help anyone at any time. He also loved to dance, learned to square dance with Elma. They went just about every week. He will be dearly missed.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Columbus.

Survivors include his daughter, Joan Hawn and husband Charles; two sons, Chester Behler and wife Jane, and Roy Behler; grandchildren, Steven Behler and wife Alicia, Jason Behler and wife Lisa, Greg Behler and wife Debra, Chris Hawn and wife Sarah, Mike Hawn and wife Jennifer, Billy Behler and wife Holly, and Elizabeth Grubert & husband Randy; 13 great grandchildren; 5 step great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lillian Kramr; and also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elma; two brothers; one sister; and grandson Jeffery Behler.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; and on Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00 am at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Charlie Novosad officiating.

Burial will follow at the La Grange City Cemetery, La Grange, TX. Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons which includes Jeffery Behler as honorary pallbearer.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic Church, P.O. Box 669, Columbus, TX 78934.


Joe William Behler
November 26, 1923 - May 14, 2019



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