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In Memory of . . . Wells E. Behee (1925-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Monday, January 30, 2012
The Rev. Wells E. Behee died on December 15, 2011. He was 86 years old. Rev. Behee died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on December 13, 2011, which also resulted in the death of his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary (Newhall) Behee.

Rev. Behee was born on the Hurd Farm, in Royalston Township, Niagara County, New York on October 22, 1925 to Elmer Judson Behee and Edna Behee Lofthouse Sullivan. Behee graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1949 and received his Master of Divinity from Canton Theological School in 1951.

He was ordained in 1953 in New Madison, OH. He was called to serve from 1951-1953 by the Universalist Church of Woodstock, OH; from 1953-1956 by the Universalist Church in Eldorado, OH ; and from 1956-1963 by the Universalist Church in New Madison, OH.

He went on to receive his Master of Education from Miami University and then teach high school in Arcanum, OH. He also served as special education coordinator for the Mansfield, OH schools. In addition, he was a Boy Scout master and coached his children in Olympic marathon canoeing. He enjoyed classical music, art, literature, genealogy, and gardening. He and his wife, Mary, were best friends and enjoyed traveling together.

Rev. Behee is survived by five children (and their partners); Kathy Becker and husband Myron of Wendell, MA; Karyl Parks and husband Jeff of New Madison, OH; Kris Rantz of New Madison, OH; Emerson Behee and wife Bonnie of Ithaca, OH; and Karen Fageol and husband Geoff of Decatur, OH. He also leaves several grandchildren; Jeremiah Parks, Derik Ervin, Ayla Ervin, Amanda Behee, Kevin Behee, and Lori Rantz, and five great-grandchildren; Seth and Bryn Orrin-Brown, Brandon Parks, and Erin Michele Ervin, with another great-grandchild expected. He was predeceased by his parents, Edna Sullivan and Elmer Judson Behee; his sisters, Melva Roberts and Fern Jean Lackey; and his grandson, Aaron Dean Rawlings.

Rev. Behee donated his body to Anatomical Gift, Wright State University, therefore, memorial services will be held at an undetermined later date. Donations in his memory may be given to the New Madison Friends of the Library, 142 North Main Street, New Madison, OH 45346. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family care of Karyl Parks, 4221 Hollansburg-Arcanum Road, Greenville, OH 45331.

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