Harmon Ferdinand Behrman

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Harmon Ferdinand Behrman died Sept. 25, 2003, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, Colo. He was 87.

Behrman was born March 6, 1916, in Vernal, Utah, to Neils Behrman and Lu Emma Sowards.

Known to all as "Uncle Ferd," he was the eighth of 11 children.

Behrman was a veteran of World War II. He received his call to the armed service the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He served in New Guinea and in the Philippines.

Behrman worked on many ranches in the area, among them, Lou Wyman, Preece Brothers, and Lorraine Brady. In 1958, he went to work for the U-C Ranch, which was owned by Rich Winder. In 1972, the ranch was sold to Nottingham Land and Livestock, and he worked there until 1999, when he officially retired.

Behrman was a great animal lover. He loved his many dogs and horses. He loved the mountains and the outdoors. He was truly a real cowboy.

He was a lifelong resident of Moffat County, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he served as a high priest.

Behrman suffered a stroke in November of 1999 and he lived these last few years with his niece and nephew, Joe and Lila Herod, and then at Valley View Manor in Craig.

He never married. His family was his many nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly. He lived his life with integrity and bravery. His generosity and kind heart will forever be an inspiration to those who knew him.

Behrman is survived by one brother, Francis Behrman, of Maybell.

Behrman was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers and sisters Neils Eldred, Lula Vidella, Lowell Wesley, Horace S., Zina, Maria Jane, Irene, Mary Vera, and Melvin Orval.

Services were Sept. 30, 2003, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment was at the Vernal Cemetery. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Joe Herod, Casey Herod, Dale Updike, Kris Behrman, Marty Behrman, Mike Nottingham, Veldon Behrman, Darwin Haskins, Josey Haskins, Jesse Haskins, Brett Steele, Wayne Behrman, and Russ Behrman.

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