Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Uncle Ed

November 12 2017, Uncle Ed surprise 90th Birthday, Dec 11, Uncle Ed died  in pickup accident on icy roads on way to play guitar and sing at nursing home in Devils lake.  His funeral was Dec 18th at St Andrew Lutheran Church at Niagara, ND.
Our youngest daughter, was excited and did a very professional job on her God Father, Uncle Ed's Birthday cake.
Uncle Ed was very happy and pleased with his cake.  He blew out the candles and said his wish was to live to be 100.  God had different plans and I am convinced it is a blessing that we can not see the future.  We all had such a good time helping Uncle Ed celebrate his 90th Birthday.  He made sure that we all knew that he was still 89 years old and wouldn't turn 90  until the 14th.  2 days latter.  

Uncle Ed loves to play guitar and we could all tell he was enjoying a small guitar jam with our daughter Melissa and my husband Jeff.  Many who were there for the open house enjoyed the lovely music and singing along. 

Uncle Ed led us in singing the table prayer.
My niece Angela is standing close by.  We thank her and her her husband Dave for opening their lovely home, planing the birthday celebration and for serving such wonderful food. They are such wonderful hosts as always.  

Uncle Eds two sons surprised him and were both at St Andrew Church  and also spent the afternoon with their dad at the Surprise open house. 

Uncle Ed with more of his family.  His daughter and more grandchildren were not able to make it to the celebration.
I love his big smile.  He was enjoying every minute and I heard later that he mentioned how very much he enjoyed the party and all the thoughts and cards.
There were a lot of last hugs from Uncle Ed that day!

Almost exactly one month latter, My sweet Uncle Ed was killed in a one vehicle accident when his pickup lost control on early morning icy roads.  It was approximately 8:30 AM on December 11th at a location very close to where Uncle Ed's wife had died 16 years earlier in a very similar car accident.

My Uncle Ed's funeral was December 18th at St Andrew Lutheran Church and he is laid to Rest next to his lovely bride, Marcy. 
My husband I felt bad that we could not make it back to Niagara for his funeral.  We are very thankful for the live video and many pictures that our niece Angel and our daughter and son in law took.  
My Uncle Ed's oldest son, 3rd from left and grandchildren with one great grandchild. 

So it is that we say good-bye to my Uncle Ed from this world, knowing and believing in Jesus promise that we will certainly see him again in heaven for eternity.    
Jesus tells us in John 14:19b   Because I  live, you also will live.   

I know that my Uncle Ed believed these words and promise from Christ Jesus.  He was blessed through Holy Baptism as a infant and The Holy Spirit who brought him to faith has kept him firm in faith until the end.  This is our prayer for each of us as well.  The book of John has many many important words of Jesus for all of us. 

Below are a few nice pictures filled with memories of my Uncle Ed.  I hope you enjoy them. 

Melissa our daughter with her God Father,
Uncle Ed.  taken August 2017

Uncle Ed with Melissa and our 2 grandchildren who adored their Uncle Ed.  Aug 2017

My last Uncle Ed Hug!  Nov 12, 2017

Edgar Johannes Behm was born November 14, 1927 to John and Ella (Strassburg) Behm, the ninth of eleven children at Niagara.
He received God’s gift of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit in baptism on December 5, 1927 and confirmed his faith in Jesus as his Savior at St. Andrew Lutheran Church at Niagara on April 6, 1941. He remained a lifelong member and was active in the choir and served on boards within the church including the positions of Elder and Trustee. Ed’s strong faith and love of family was evident as he was entrusted by family and friends to the Baptismal Sponsor for their children. Ed waited over 40 years before he met his beautiful bride, Marcella Hoefer. She was everything he had hoped for in a Godly wife. Ed and Marcy were married July 15, 1972. They fostered many children before making Roxie, Jeremy and Scott a part of their forever family through adoption.
He will be missed by all of his loved ones this side of heaven and is survived by his children: Roxie Moen of Eden Prairie MN, Jeremy of Clinton WI, and Scott of Devils Lake ND, Grandchildren Sadie, Sydney, Alex and Nate Moen, Paul, Jamey, Cody, Nick, Grace, and Isabelle Behm and his great grandson Theodore Behm. His sister Vera Odegaard of Niagara, Sisters-in-law Vivian Behm of Larimore ND and Marlys (Leonard) Berdal of Grand Forks ND and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be rejoicing in Heaven with all the Saints who have died before him! He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcy, his parents, sisters Ellen Olson, Louise Krueger, Adeline Olson, Doris Wood, Loretta Hanssen, and Caroline Runyan and his brothers, Ferdinand, John and Arthur.
Ed was lifelong farmer. He worked a field with a team of horses at only 8 years old. He loved baseball and played with local teams until he no longer could. In his early teens, his dad brought home a guitar and Ed taught himself how to play. His guitar went everywhere with him and in his retirement, Ed enjoyed playing at area nursing homes.

The four brothers who also sang as a quartet.  L to R  Art, John, Ed and Fernie Behm
My mother with her younger brother Ed. 2015

Sept 1, 2015   Uncle Ed with his 2 living sisters Vera on left  and Loretta, my mother who went home to heaven one year later on Sep 2, 2016

Uncle Ed with his dog Sal and big red barn background. 2014
Uncle Ed prided himself in his garden especially his sweet corn.

Uncle Ed truly loved his wife Marcy.  We all did.  Here she is with a granddaughter and below singing with her husband Ed.. 

Uncle Ed loved children and was always a good Christian example for all who knew him.  God richly blessed me in giving me a sweet loving Christian Uncle as him.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HICS Reunion Aug 2017 Denver CO

The HICS Reunion at Denver 2017 

The whole group minus a few.   

The guys who spent years in Air Force for the freedoms of our country.

The women who support our men. 

Friday evening started as all registered as we came into the Hotel "meet and greet " event.    It was fun to meet new people and get reacquainted with old friends from the years in Air Force.

The appetizer food was great and presented so beautifully. 

Who knows what memories were being discussed at this table but everyone was intent on listening. 

Everyone enjoyed watching old videos of the Air Force working days some 40 years ago.   
Great music was playing so some fun dancing had to happen.  

More talking and reminiscing.

The Red/White/Blue made for a
 very patriotic hall.  

Rick and Diane French looking rather serious. 
Take a good look because that does not happen often. 


Saturday morning we split into 2 groups.  One group, the one my husband and I choose, went on a beautiful drive to the mountains and a few small towns.  Below you can see we were all in this van with Dale Fairbanks as our driving escort. 

Beautiful mountains.  I was thankful the windows were clean for taking scenic pictures.  

Loved these little quint towns and the outdoor markets, especially all the flowers.

Beautiful lake!

We took a 45 minute bathroom break and time to look around or have a snack/drink. 

Pretty sure this was in the town of Nederland,Co

I wish I had taken notes along with taking many pictures so I could remember the names of some of these places.  All I remember is the amazing beauty of this area. 
My husband Jeff Falin , just had to check out this coffin.  

I however loved the walking covered bridge. 

Everyone meeting to continue our science drive. 

Old Town Hall of Nederland.  1874!

Mountains and more mountains.  

We had a nice noon lunch and arrived back at the hotel safe and sound. 
 Dale, Thank You for the safe trip and wonderful tour. I know it was enjoyed by all.  

Dale the tour guide and driver.

Group 2 enjoyed an afternoon of Tea tasting, a museum and who knows what all took place.  

Tasting the TEA!

It doesn't get much more fun then this!
This was a Wine Tasting at Balisteri Vineyards.  Looks like a great time. Thinking this took place Friday Aug 11th during the day. 

Saturday evening banquet and program.
Saturday evening Banquet,
 Pastor Pam Ciulla led the opening prayer and the blessing for the food.

The Saturday night Banquet was a great patriotic event. One of the very first things was listening to Red Skeleton recite the Pledge to the Flag, one word at a time with full explanation.  When you have a room full of dedicated, retired military veterans, there is not a single person who would even consider "taking the knee"!   All were standing firm, hand over heart and I would guess most even had a few tears in their eyes. 
If you want to listen to Red Skeleton and his version of The Pledge Allegiance to the Flag,  you can google this site below.  

Master of ceremonies, Dale Fairbanks

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Special speaker for the night.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE!   Very fitting colors for a United States Air Force retirement reunion.

So happy that Jasper and Helen Green could make it to the reunion.  

What a unique way to sell raffle tickets.  There were many great prizes.  The extra raffle money will help defray cost of the next HICS REUNION which will be 3 years from now in Utah.

Selling more raffle tickets. So many good prizes, I think everyone left with something. 

Great food  and guess who led the way?


Sorry Pam, caught you with a mouth full of that delicious food but just look at the nice smile on Sal's face!

 Picture time is always a fun time.  A special "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE" to all these wonderful men who gave for the freedoms of our country.
Thank You to all these women who support, encourage and love their military men!
The HICS Reunion group!   A big thank you to all who came to the 2017 reunion.

 There was plenty of time for visiting, catching up and getting reacquainted!  

Sunday was a beautiful day to meet at a very beautiful park for a picnic. 

This was such a beautiful park with very unique sculptures.  It was wonderful that it was walking distance from the Hotel.

It was fun walking over this walk bridge to get to the picnic area. It was actually closer to walk around by why not use such a lovely bridge. 

What better way to end this blog.  Our friend, Harry Miniken giving the "PEACE"  sign with a "I will see you all in 3 years at the next HICS reunion"