August 22, 2011
Victor LeMoine Behrens died from colon cancer Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.
He passed in his home with his children at his side.
He is survived by his daughter, Kristy Ann (Behrens) Miner (George); son Thaddeus (Tad) Otto Behrens (Megan Smith); brother Larry Behrens (Marsha), of Wisconsin; and his stepfather Marvin (Hap) Hersko, of Wisconsin.
"Uncle Vic," as he was well known, was born Victor LeMoine Shepard, Jr., on July 30, 1948, to Victor LeMoine Shepard, Sr., and Barbara Ann Shepard. In 1949, he and his mother traveled to Rhine, Germany, for a visit with Victor, Sr., whom was stationed overseas as part of the U.S. Navy.
After the birth of his younger brother Larry, his parents were divorced and soon his mother married Donald Behrens, of Bay City, Wisc., whom later adopted Vic and his brother.
Vic spent most of his childhood growing up along the Mississippi River, with addresses in Hager City, Ellsworth, Kenosha and Bay City, Wisc.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 as a member of the Seabees, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Upon returning to the states, he played some AA minor league baseball for the Minnesota Twins.
On May 17, 1980, he married Kathy Ann Gilbertson in Janesville, Wisc. They spent much of their time with friends and Vic also played slow-pitch softball for a local team called Brody Trophy.
On Dec. 22, 1982, Vic and Kathy had their first child, Kristy Ann Behrens. On May 31, 1984, they were blessed with their second child, Thaddeus Otto Behrens.
A few years later, the couple with their kids moved to Stewartville, Minn. Vic worked for a large construction company that focused on carpentry work on the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Some of the handmade trim work in the Mayo Clinic today can be attributed to Vic's handiwork.
In 1993, they packed their bags and moved to Craig. Vic started his own home contracting business, known to many as Uncle Vic's Home Repairs.
Vic worked for many years on various residences in the Moffat County area alongside business partner Gary Meyers.
Many homes in the Craig area today still have the metal rooftops that he labored over in the last 15 years.
He enjoyed spending free time "rock picking," especially in the Sandwash Basin area. In Vic's collection of rocks, fossils and arrowheads are the most numerous.
Vic was a dedicated member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations in Stewartville, Minn., before moving to Colorado.
He also was a dedicated member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Craig, and many may remember him as the man behind the pull tab boxes on any given Sunday during bingo for many years.
Through the years, Vic has coached many little league baseball teams, and several kids football teams. He could be seen watching the Moffat County Bulldogs play baseball at home long after his son was no longer on the team, and at any given time could recite statistics from the football team during their season, as well.
Vic followed major league baseball and pro football regularly, and never let you forget if the Rockies won or lost a game.
Recently, one of his favorite shows was Nashville Star, in which he always found a favorite performer to root for.
He enjoyed reading novels, especially those by Janet Evanovich and John Sanford.