Carl “Sonny” Lee Behrens, 84, passed away June 11, 2020 in Okeechobee, Florida after
battling complications from an emergency surgery. He was born on September 9, 1935 in
Carlinville, Illinois to the late Dr. Carl W. and Harriet Behrens. Carl grew up in Bunker Hill,
Illinois and graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 1953. He attended Shurtliff College
before enlisting in the United States Marines, where he served proudly for two years. After
being discharged from the Marines, Carl attended McKendree University, where he received his
undergraduate degree and then attended the University of Illinois, where he received his
masters degree. He began teaching Business Education for the Bethalto School District where
he retired after 30 years of service. Carl was a long standing member of the Masonic Lodge
and Shriners. He also served in the Bunker Hill Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years
and actively served several years as commissioner for the city of Bunker Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia M. Behrens and son, Justin C. Behrens, both of Newberg,
Oregon and daughter, Jennifer L. Anderson of Gaston, Oregon. Also surviving is son-in-law
Michael Anderson; grandchildren Jacob Anderson, Danielle Anderson, and Lucas Anderson, all
residing near Gaston, Oregon; and sister Suzanne Gusewelle and her husband Wayne of
Edwardsville, Illinois and their two children. A brother, David Behrens, preceded him in death.
There will be a graveside service for family and friends at the Bunker Hill Cemetery on July 11,
2020 at 10:00 AM, with Rev. Jeremy Wood officiating. Please consider donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, IL is in charge of the local arrangements.
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