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Rev. Edward F.Behling

Rev. Edward F. Behling

Rev. Edward Fredrich Behling, age 88 of Park Rapids, MN, peacefully and unexpectedly entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Essentia Health Medical Center in Fargo, ND with his loved ones at his side.

Ed was born on November 25, 1928 in Boyne City, Michigan to Harry and Gertrude (Stenke) Behling as the 10th of 12 children. After high school, he went on to attend Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL, graduating in 1955. He was united in marriage to Rose Wilhelmina Heinamaki in 1954 at Ft. William, Ontario, Canada. After serving Missouri Synod Lutheran parishes in Canada and Minnesota he retired from full time ministry in 1992 but has remained active as an interim pastor right up until the present time when he was serving churches in both Menahga and Wolf Lake, MN. Ed will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Rose of Park Rapids; his four children: Lois (Steve) Disterhaupt of Hayden, Idaho, Rev. Robert Behling of Twin Valley, MN, Stephen Behling of Park Rapids and Peter (Wanda) Behling of Grand Forks, MN; five grandchildren: Aaron (Shawna) Disterhaupt of Hayden, ID, Jason (Jennie) Disterhaupt of Los Alamos, NM, Kyle, Cody and Allison Behling of Grand Forks, ND; four great grandchildren: Aubrie Disterhaupt of Hayden, ID, Hayden Behling of Grand Forks, Natalie Disterhaupt of Los Alamos and Lincoln Edward Disterhaupt of Los Alamos who was baptized by his great grandfather just two weeks ago in Wolf Lake, MN. Ed is also survived by his sister, Cora Manthei of Petoskey, MI; his brother, Henry (Barb) of Hot Springs, Arkansas and brother, James (Marge) of Boyne City, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Robert, Herman and Al; and five sisters: Helen, Mary, Louise, Lorraine and Bessie.

Funeral services will be held 3 PM Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Park Rapids with the Rev. James Neubauer and Rev. Donald Fondow officiating. The casket bearers will be his grandchildren and a family friend, Joel Vinkemeir. Interment will be made in the Greenwood Cemetery of Park Rapids, MN. Visitation will be held from 1 PM to 3 PM Wednesday at the church. A luncheon will be hosted by the church family following the service. To leave on line condolences please visit