Harvey John Behrenbrinker, Buffalo


Harvey John Behrenbrinker, age 92, of rural Buffalo, passed away Sept. 14, 2013, at his residence surrounded by family.
He was born Nov. 11, 1920, at the family farm in Chatham Township, the son of Conrad and Christine Paumen Behrenbrinker.
Harvey graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1939.
Harvey honorably served his country in the United States Navy during World War II as Chief Petty Officer upon the USS Riddle 1942-1945. He received national recognition on his 90th birthday for his military service.
Harvey farmed the family homestead established in 1884.  After retiring, he worked many years with the Buffalo Parks Department.
Harvey was an active, faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church throughout his life. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council, the Maple Lake V.F.W. Post # 7664 and the Buffalo American Legion Post #270. He served on the Chatham Township Board and as a State Fire Warden. Harvey was active in the National Farmers Organization (NFO), serving as a delegate to several national conventions. He was a dedicated steward of the land and was generous with his time and resources in the community. Harvey's love of life and family now goes peacefully onto our lord.
Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 64 years: Corrinne; children: Gail (Bruce) Brong, Michael Behrenbrinker, Stephen (Patti) Behrenbrinker, Andrea Ahlm, Marie (William) Behrenbrinker Wolk, Carol (Scott) Haarstad, Donna (Monty) Finnell, Alan Behrenbrinker, Brian (Kim) Behrenbrinker; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; relatives and friends.
Harvey is preceded in death by parents: Conrad and Christine Behrenbrinker; granddaughter: Ava Lee Behrenbrinker; sisters: Margaret Vieau, Helen Ulvinen, Mary Behrenbrinker, Elaine Kuduk and Genevieve Behrenbrinker; and brother: Raymond Behrenbrinker.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 
A Mass of Christian Burial for Harvey Behrenbrinker will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Father David Hennen will be the celebrant. 
Interment with military honors will follow at St. Francis Cemetery.
Casket bearers: Sebastian Brong, Andrew Behrenbrinker, Patrick Ahlm, Nicholas Ahlm, Michael Haarstad, Robert Haarstad and Cullen Finnell.
Honorary casket bearers will be Harvey’s grandchildren: Holly Janni, Corrinne Brong, Jon Behrenbrinker, Jennifer Mueller, Aaron Finnell, Darian Behrenbrinker and Braden Behrenbrinker.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his memory to St. Francis Xavier Church Preservation Fund.