July 19, 1933 ~ July 3, 2006
Raymond W. Behrens of Manhattan Beach, California died Monday, July 3 in San Diego. Ray received a football scholarship to attend Rutgers University where he majored in business. Following graduation he served as an Air Force officer in Berlin creating a vibrant officers' club. When he returned to the States Ray put his knowledge and experience to work becoming a highly successful executive insurance specialist. Ray's competitive spirit and integrity served him well in business and made him a great opponent in tennis or cards. He is survived by his wife Angela, his sister Claire Clark, four children, Cathy Brentlinger, Elizabeth Ware, Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens, and John Behrens, and three grandchildren. We will deeply miss his hearty laugh, his encyclopedic knowledge of and enthusiasm for sports, and his warmth and engaged interest in everyone he encountered. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday July 8 at American Martyrs Church, 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach. Immediately following Mass there will be a celebration of Ray's life at the Manhattan Beach Marriot, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Wellness South Bay Cities (www.wellnessandcancer.org ) or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.leukemia-lymphoma.org).
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