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Duane Marlyn Behm

12/25/1946 - 08/16/2015
Service Date: 08/29/2015
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 715 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona

Duane Marlyn Behm, 68, passed away August 16, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. He was born December 25, 1946 in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Duane graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. He was a dedicated WELS Lutheran elementary school teacher and coach for 41 years. His greatest joy was spending time with his family! Duane was an avid baseball fan, and enjoyed woodworking and playing pickleball.

Duane is best known for his kind and caring concern for anyone he met, and for his gentle demeanor. His unwavering faith in Jesus Christ was a constant example to us all. Duane, Dad, Grandpa…you will be greatly missed and loved forever!

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and Marlyn Behm of Weyauwega, Wisconsin; his in-laws, Bernice and Robert Zwetzig of Fort Morgan, Colorado; and his two brothers-in-law, Gary Zwetzig and Keith Zwetzig.

Duane is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Karen Behm; his daughter and son-in-law, Tawnya and Dan Caldwell, of Tucson, Arizona; his son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Carrie Behm, of Waddell, Arizona; and his beloved grandchildren, Zachary and Tatum Caldwell, and Colby and Casey Behm. Duane is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Lon and Gaye Behm; his sister-in-law, Kathy Zwetzig; two nieces and two nephews; and many admiring former students, trusted colleagues, and friends.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church located at 715 W. Southern Ave. in Tempe, Arizona. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the memorial service for visitation.

Please direct all memorials to the family. In accordance with Duane’s request, the memorials will be divided amongst the three congregations he so faithfully served: Grace Lutheran in Geneva, Nebraska, Mt. Olive Lutheran in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Emmanuel Lutheran in Tempe, Arizona.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, Mesa, Arizona, 480-696-6883.



  • Carl & Adeena Pomerenke

    Dear Karen & Family We were so sad to here of Duane’s death but also happy knowing that he is now in heaven. Matt & Dan benefited from his teaching and we enjoyed knowing him. If there is anything we can do do not hesitate to call. 480 539 0654

  • Natosha (Wright) Cole and family

    May God bless and keep you, make His Face shine upon you, and give you His peace. We are so sorry that you are separated for a little while, however, we are so thankful that one day you all will be reunited in Heaven by God’s Grace!!!!!!

  • Larry and Sharon Waterstradt

    Larry and I are so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. But by the grace of God you will be reunited with him. Renee and Mark learned much from him. In his name, Larry and Sharon

  • Sorry for your loss we know one day we are going to meet him again in heaven through our Lord Jesus Christ. May his soul Rest In Peace. Massadeh Family.

  • Duane was always nice to me when we were together, as he was a kind, gentle man. He will be missed by all who knew him, I know for sure. May his spirit live on forever and watch over his loved ones.

  • May Duane’s family and friends be comforted by God’s promise to “swallow up death forever…and wipe away the tears from all faces” (Isaiah 25:8). Along with the promise of a time soon when ‘no resident will say ” I am sick” (Isaiah 33:24) “Remember the Resurrection hope for both righteous and unrighteous” (Acts 24:15)

  • We all liked Duane so much and he was a fun partner in Pickleball….we will all miss him on the courts!! We are sorry for your loss and send our prayers to your family.

  • Mr. Behm was always one of favorite teachers. He was so passionate about teaching God’s word to us both in and out of school. We will keep your family in our prayers.

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