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Eldon Paul Behrens

November 14, 1938 — May 13, 2024

Sioux City, IA

  Eldon Paul Behrens passed away peacefully in Sioux City, IA on May 13, 2024 at the age of 85. 

  Eldon was born on November 14, 1938 in Ridgely, MD to the late Herman and Elsie Behrens.  He grew up on a farm in Cordova, MD and graduated from Easton High School in 1956. 

  Despite not knowing how to swim, he proudly joined the US Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. His service took him to the Azores, where he was stationed for 18 months. Eldon's dedication earned him recognition as Airman of the Month while serving on the USS Valley Forge and USS Essex. In 1960, he was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer 2nd Class.

  Returning to civilian life, Eldon briefly worked as a milk truck driver before beginning his lifetime career at Waverly Press in 1961. It was there that he met Pam and they were married in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 1962. Together, they raised their family in St. Michaels and Easton.

  Eldon's faith was unwavering and he actively served on the Church Councils at St. Paul’s and Grace Lutheran Church in Easton. He was a Life Member of Elks Lodge #1622 and a member of the Rotary Club of Easton.

  Retiring from Cadmus Communications (formerly Waverly Press) in 2002, Eldon dedicated his free time to golf, a passion that brought him immense joy. Playing, watching, and discussing the game were his favorite pastimes and he spent many happy hours on the greens at Hog Neck and the Easton Club.

  In 2022, Eldon and Pam relocated to Sioux City, IA, where he quickly endeared himself to the staff in his new senior community. His kind heart and coy grin left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

  Eldon is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Pam, and their three children, Cheryl Clark (Dave) of Woodbury, NJ, Todd Behrens (Donna) of Sioux City, IA, and Gail Dickson (Jeff) of Glen Ellyn, IL, and his brother, Gordon Behrens of Cordova, MD.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, David Clark, Jr. (Michele), Jason Clark (Meghann), Garrett Dickson (Mary), Paige Dickson, and Tate Behrens, and his great-grandchildren, Eric Allen, Claudine Mallon (Sean), Sam Clark and Nolan Clark, along with great-great-grandson Sean M Mallon.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Behrens and Elsie Kunzie Behrens, and his sister, Jane Behrens Hart.

  A private family ceremony will be held at a later date to honor Eldon's memory. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cordova, MD.

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