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Robert (Bob) Behrens, 86 - July 16, 2012

Robert “Bob” Behrens, 86, of Cozad, passed away July 16, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel in Cozad with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. There will be no interment services.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Behrens was born Sept. 12, 1925, at Cozad to Walter and Clara (Hock) Behrens. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1943.
He loved showing cattle in 4-H and had many purple ribbons and grand champion winners from the Nebraska State Fair and other events.
Following his schooling, Behrens helped his father farm for a few years before deciding to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. During his service, he spent time in the South Pacific building airstrips and, after the war ended, he was stationed in Japan for cleanup.
Following his discharge, Behrens returned to Cozad where he started his own excavating business, based largely upon the skills that he acquired during his time in the service. Later, his father joined him in business, and the two amassed a great number of excavating jobs all over Dawson County. Behrens continued running his business until his health became prohibitive.
On Dec. 24, 1950, he married Marian Brenner at Cozad. The couple made their home in Cozad, and their union was blessed with two children, Susan and Mike.
?Behrens was a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge 2250, and was proud to have attended their recent 50th anniversary celebration. Despite his many ambitious work-related projects, he always placed a high priority on keeping a balance between work and his family. He valued spending time around the dinner table with his family; which was a tradition that stood the test of time.
Behrens enjoyed camping and fishing. He was an avid hunter, and especially loved hunting waterfowl. He spent a great deal of time on his land east of Darr, in his duck blinds soaking in the experience of nature. He hunted that ground for over 40 years. He also enjoyed spending his mornings routinely with his friends over a cup of coffee.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Marian; sister, Jean Criswell; brother-in-law, Ray Criswell; and son-in-law, Ivan Soper.
Behrens is survived by: his daughter, Susan Soper of Aurora; son, Mike Behrens of Cozad; two grandsons—Jonathan and Nicholas Soper, both of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Doris (Clifford) Geiken of Gothenburg; nephew, Larry Criswell of San Diego, CA; and niece, Carole Coates of Haigler.
A memorial has been established in his memory.