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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  1. Dear Elizabeth and John, So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We will always remember the wonderful times we had with your father and mother as neighbors and friends in Palos Verdes. Our memories of both of them are among the fondest in our lives. God Bless you both, Susan and Rich Hawley

  2. Dear Angela and family, please accept our deepest sympathies. Ray was one of a kind, a delightful, brilliant, enthusiastic gentleman. We remember tennis with him and his wonderful sense of humor. You are in our thoughts. Warmly, Irene and Joe Guimera.

  3. I worked with Ray at the LA brokerage office of Connecticut General for three years form 1978 to 1981. Ray was always kind, friendly and someone whom I greatly respected as a person, and professional. His sense of humor was infectious, and while he suffered from the frustrations of business, I never knew Ray to be ill tempered or mean in dealing with the situations that occurred in his business. Unfortunately after my return to the Balitmore area I lost touch with Ray, and spoke with him only once. I thought of him often, and am saddened by his death. Best wishes to his family; Ray was a wonderful guy. Mike Snowman

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