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Wendell “Wink” Lloyd Behrens, age 92, of Byron Center, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at Railside Assisted Living. The son of Fred & Iva (Stidd) Behrens, he was born on Feb. 25, 1925 in Grand Rapids. Wendell worked 42 years at the Alloy Tek plant in Grandville. He was most fond of his travels around the U.S. and fixing anything for anybody at anytime. Honoring his wishes cremation will take place.

Wink is preceded in death by his first wife, Marian (Ruppert) Behrens & infant son; wife, Martha (Ruthven) Behrens; and adopted son, Elmer (Keshick). He is survived by his children, Sharon (Norman) Ray, and Craig (Beth) Behrens; grandchildren, Derek Ray, Melissa (Bill) Wadsworth, Amanda Shirkey, and Josh (Jill) Behrens; great grandchildren, Mia & Tessa Wadsworth, Colin & Ella Shirkey, and Bryn & Cade Behrens; sister, Lois McDuffee; sister-in-law, Tressa Behrens; as well as his long-time caring companion, Lenora Wing.

Family will have a private interment at a later date, where he will be laid to rest alongside his wives, Marian and Martha, who left him too soon in his long life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, (3355 Eagle Park Dr N.E., Grand Rapids, 49525)who provided extraordinary care to Wink and the family.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Wink’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:
Arrangements  are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Roger A. Hofstra-Christ on January 11, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    The entire Hofstra family are sad at the news of your loss. Wink and Martha and their kids were our neighbors for years on Nursery St. in Wyoming. There was never a finer father or neighbor than Wink Behrens. He was a man of integrity. I remember fondly that he paid me so much more than he should, the summer I took care of their dog, Trixie, while the Behrens went on a trip with their camper our west.
    He knew that I needed and wanted a bicycle. The $25 that he paid me for three weeks work was not only a fortune in 1961, but it was enough to buy a good used bike. Decades later, my parents were in Florida, striking up a conversation with people they thought they recognized a little… was Wink and Martha.
    Blessings to the Behrens children. We always thought you were wonderful people.

  2. Nancy Mathieu DeCamp on January 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I will always remember our family camping trips and what fun we had. Your parents were always a fun loving couple. Your Father was always very good friend to my Father. I will miss him. You have my deepest sympathies and are in my prayers.
    Nancy Mathieu DeCamp

  3. Colleen Sellers on January 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I am remembering Wendell today and his Arrowhead necklace he wore. There was this spiritual calming whenever he was present. I lit a candle after Mass today in his memory. I know he will be missed but is at peace with the Lord. With deepest sympathy and love, Colleen and the McDonough Family.

  4. Ardy Berens and Mitcha Therapy Dog on January 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Mitcha my Therapy Dog loves Wendall. He was my favorite Grace Hospice patient to visit. He had a great sense of humor. My heart breaks that we will no longer visit him.

  5. Geraldine (Ruppert) Knapp on January 19, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Wink was a good and fun man. Sharon please give a call.

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