Erwin A. “Erv” Behme, 88, of Carlinville, passed away Sunday morning, December 1, 2019, at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. Erwin was born on January 4, 1931, to Henry C. and Clara (Rhodes) Behme in Carlinville. On February 13, 1954, he married Barbara Beasley at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville.
Erwin retired after 49 years from Prairie Farms Dairy in Carlinville as a maintenance supervisor. Erv served his country as an Airman 2nd Class in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville, B.P.O.E. #1412 and American Legion Guy Baird Post #554. He loved to bowl and bowled on the Elks League for 45 plus years. Erv and Barb were lifetime members of the “Nifty Fifties” card club. They also enjoyed wintering in the South for many years.
Erwin is survived by two daughters, Deborah (John) O’Brien of Carlinville and Terri (Brad) Mitchell of Litchfield; son, Stephen Behme of Blythewood, SC; two granddaughters, Leslie Mitchell and Alyssa Behme; four grandsons, Nick (Hanna) O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Carter Behme, and Tristan Behme; three great-grandchildren, Josie, Lexie, and Lanie O’Brien; brother, Carl Behme of Carlinville; two sisters, Verna Knudson of Carlinville and Esther Fagerburg of New Britain, CT; and several nieces and nephews.
Erwin was preceded in death by parents, Henry C. and Clara M Behme; wife, Barbara Joan Behme; brothers, Henry and Floyd Behme; and sisters, Stella Coffey, Lela Robinson, Irene Peacock, Iva Loveless, and Myrtle Karrick.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, 2010 East First South, Carlinville. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:00 am at the Ss Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, 2010 East First South, Carlinville, IL, with Rev. Michael Haag, officiating. Burial will take place in the Mace Cemetery in rural Carlinville, where military rites will be performed by American Legion Guy Baird Post 554. Memorials are suggested to the St. Vincent De Paul (Serving the Carlinville School District area). Davis Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.