William Michael Behan

M, #318, b. 9 May 1928, d. 5 January 2005
Father*William Henry Behan1 d. before 5 January 2005
Mother*Alma Mary Dirckx1 d. before 5 January 2005
Military
Korean War
     William was born in St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA, on 9 May 1928.1,2 He was the son of William Henry Behan and Alma Mary Dirckx.1
     His common name was Bill Behan.1
     He was a student at Holy Trinity Church and School, St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA.2
     He was a student at St Louis University, St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA.2

     Photo of Bill Behan.

Bill Behan

     William Michael Behan began military service with the army in the Korean War.2
     William Michael Behan was employed by Social Security Administration.2
     Bill plays the harmonica.

In early 1994, Bill and Lila (#319) began taking dance lessons twice a week.

In June 1993, Bill and Jennifer went to Fort Worth, Texas to enroll Jennifer in the college there.

Later in the month, Bill went to Baltimore, Maryland for a Social Security business meeting.

Bill retired at the end of 1994.

     William Michael Behan was employed by American Trust Administrators.2
     Bill retired from working fulltime and now works part-time for an insurance company.
     William Michael Behan was diagnosed with cryosurgery. Bill is taking hormone therapy in preparation for his cryosurgery; the cryosurgery will take place in late November and will be performed by Dr. Dave Ellis in Arlington or Dallas Texas. Bill had a echocardiogram on 7/26/02 and the doctor, who compared the results with one taken in April 2001, thought there was less of a response from one of the chambers and wanted to schedule an angiogram. Bill had second thoughts about all this and has scheduled an appointment for a second opinion with a cardiac specialist on 8/13 at St. Lukes Hospital where Laura has worked 11 years in Cardiac ICU.3


     Photo of Bill Behan as the Incredible Hulk at ATA's Halloween Costume Contest taken by Celeste Williams in October 2004. Original photo in the possession of Celeste Williams.

Bill Behan -- The Incredible Hult -- ATA's 2004 Halloween Costume Contest

     Photo on 31 December 2004.4

     William died on 5 January 2005 in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, USA, at age 76.5,6,2


The following guest book appeared online in January 2005 at Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA,

Guest Book for William Michael "Bill" Behan
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January 17, 2005
Bill had such a zest for life and enjoyed it thoroughly. His joy was contagious and just being around him made everyone else happier too.

Sheila Altenbernd (Avondale, AZ )
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January 6, 2005
Bill you will be forever missed. You were a great co-worker and friend. You were always very friendly and honest. I'm going to miss hearing you play the harmonica.

May God bless you and your family, always.

Sincerely,
Victoria Armstrong (Shawnee, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill was my great uncle's brother so I have known him all of my life. Every encounter with him was wonderful. He was so full of life and enjoyed the little things. I loved his jokes, his harmonica playing and his dancing skills. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to know Bill and he will be greatly missed. Thank you for touching so many lives.
     
Nicole Avise-Rouse (St. Louis, MO )
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January 7, 2005
To Mrs. Behan, the children,grandchildren,nieces,nephe ws,family members and friends of Bill, What a wonderful legacy he has left each of you to model and example. What an exemplary life from what I knew of Bill and what I have recently read. Just by my own interactions with Bill at ATA, I could only imagine that this wonderful little man in stature only had such a big heart for people. Everyday Bill was at work, he made it a point to come by my desk to tell me a new joke he had and to make me laugh...I think he must have liked my laugh...and I also know I was not the only one he would visit daily either. Obviously he enjoyed life so much...he wanted to share it. Matthew 5:13-16 speaks of us being the "Salt to the earth and the Light of the world". I especially like the last verses..."So let your light so shine before men that they all may see your good works and your father who is heaven will receive the glory". That was the essence of Bill...and because during his life...Bill made sure that God received the glory, today he is rejoicing, playing all his instruments, singing, dancing and telling the best of heavenly jokes because now....Bill is receiving the glory from God! May the peace that passes all understanding and the comfort that only comes from knowing the keeper of our souls...sustain you through the days..weeks..months and years to come.

Jan Baker (ATA, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill,
Some of the happiest times in my life have been spent with you and your family. You brought a smile to all fortunate enough to meet you and are a great example of how one should live life. God has called you home…

I will greatly miss you.

Your Nephew John

John Behan (Saint Louis, MO )
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January 10, 2005
My husband is Bill's nephew and Godson. Uncle Bill was one of the most fun people I've ever had the joy of meeting. His smile would light up the room and his personality left a smile in your heart. He will be greatly missed. There will be a void on the dance floor at family functions and a certain quietness without his harmonica playing a tune. I will miss you. Thank you for gracing our lives with your presence.

Shannon Behan (St. Peters, MO )
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January 6, 2005
Regretfully my family lost a good friend of over 25 years! We will miss Bill's wonderful kindness, loyal friendship and sense of humor rich with puns (some better than others)! We will keep Bill and his family in our prayers.
     
Bob Benson (Leawood, KS )
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January 6, 2005

Bill was a boss, but even more he was a friend. I shall miss him and Bill I know you will hear this: I still hate puns but will miss hearing more from you
     
Alex Brown (Noel, MO )
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January 6, 2005
Bill will certainly be missed here at ATA. He always had a smile, a kind word and a joke for those he encountered each day. I have said many times that I will be doing great if I have half the amount of spunk he had when I get to my 70's. My prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him. May the love of the Lord comfort you and give you peace.

Rosalie Fansler (Olathe, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill we will miss you at the Carnival Dances with Lila. You always had a wonderful smile on your face and we loved to see you and Lila dancing. It was a privilege to know you.
Sincerely,
Judy and Wes

Judy and Wes Geer (Overland Park, KS )
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January 10, 2005

His harmonica and great outlook on life will truely be missed by all who knew him.
     
Craig Hawkins (Auburn, WA )
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January 7, 2005

A great father-in-law and a wonderful example to all who met him
Thanks bill
     
Mark Hawkins (Mission, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill you were such a wonderful, kind and funny man. Thanks for always brighting eveyones day! You will be truley missed! May God bless your family.

Amy Hoff (Olathe, KS )
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January 6, 2005
I once told Bill, after he dressed up as the incredible hulk for Halloween here at work, I hope I am as "young" as you are when I am your age. He will be missed here at ATA. We all loved Bill. I have never met a kinder, sweeter person. He made me laugh.

Cindy Hombs
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January 7, 2005
We always enjoyed Bill at the Carnival Dance Club. He had a smile and joke for every occasion and entertained us with his harmonica. We were priviledged to ring in the New Year together and are so saddened by his passing. A truly nice guy has left us. Lila and family...our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jackie and Alan

Jackie and Alan Ives (Overland Park, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill,
My thoughts of you will always include the smiles that you left me with. What a great man. Halloween and birthdays will never be the same at ATA. Thank you for the smiles.
     
Becky Kimmel (Olathe, KS )
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January 10, 2005
I have so many fond memories of Mr. Behan but the one that stands out the most in my mind is his smile. I never saw him without it. Jenny, I am praying for you and your family.
     
Kate Koehnecke (Olathe, KS )
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January 10, 2005
Bill Behan was certainly a very special person. Warm. Kind. Extremely talented. He will be missed by all who knew him. I believe he's dancing in heaven.
     
Mary B. Kratofil (Overland Park, KS )
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January 6, 2005
I worked with Bill for years at ATA. He was one of my most memorable co-workers. He came by my office every day and cheered me up and I'll never forget him.
"Tomorrow is a mystery. today is a gift. That is why they call it the present" Eleanor Roosevelt sums it up.

Ann L'Heureux (Belton, MO )
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January 7, 2005
Dad was the most wonderful example of giving joy to others, and of showing unconditional love. Thank you for gracing us all with the gift of your life--you will live on always in our hearts!
     
Laura Langmack (Olathe, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill was a wonderful man, he helped me through a rough time in my life, he will be greatly missed.
     
Karen Manley (Shawnee, KS )
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January 10, 2005
Even though I worked with Bill at ATA for less than a year, It seemed as though I have known him for a much longer period of time. His ever present smile and wonderful sense of humor will be foever missed. He was one of the kindest individuals that I have ever encountered. God bless you Bill Behan!
     
Bob Mulvaney (Overland Park, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill has been a special friend since I started work at American Trust a little over three years ago. It has been a blessing and an honor to work with him, joke with him and just be around him. Our conversations, including those about insulin injections, carb-counting and blood sugar values will be sorely missed. We have been very lucky to have an angel in our midst.
     
Carol Scott (Olathe, KS )
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January 9, 2005
I am brother Vincent's niece. I did not get to spend a lot of time with Bill but when I did see him he was a great person, always a lot of fun and full of life. I will miss him and I am sorry for his family.
     
Laura Siebert (St. Louis, MO )
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January 7, 2005
After playing happy birthday on his harmonica one day, I asked if that wasn't the key of C, for Bill usually brought the key of G harmonica to work. Bill said it was indeed the key of C and praised me for having a good ear. Such was Bill, that he liked to praise people anytime the opportunity presented itself. For those who heard it, the tune of life was the best tune Bill ever played. He played with passion and vigor, and above all, he connected with everyone listening to the way he played. Thank you Bill, your tune will continue to play in every fiber of my being.
     
Mike Smith (Olathe, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill made it eaiser for me to go to work everyday. I will never forget his rendentions of Back Home in Indiana, and Happy Birthday. He made the world I live in a better place to be when he was around. I feel as though I was a witness to a life lived with the joy of the Lord and a Faith much bigger then a mustard seed. Bill you will be missed, thought of, and remembered. May the love and Joy of Christ that you so wonderfully modeled be with your wife and children as they learn to live in a world without you. I will see you again someday in heaven!!!
     
TJ Trent (Overland Park, KS )
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January 6, 2005
Bill, your charm, humor, friendliness, your warm heart and your happy face will truly be missed. Thank you for all of the birthday songs played on your harmonica, for all of the specially made paper-airplanes for my boys and for making every day a special one.
Love,
     
Celeste Williams (Bonner Springs, KS.2 )
Last Edited=8 June 2016

Citations

  1. [S78] William Herrell (#128), "Bill Herrell's Genealogy Records (copy)" (New Haven, Missouri). Supplied by Mike Herrell - 1991 . Hereinafter cited as "Bill Herrell Records."
  2. [S388] William Michael "Bill" Behan, Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, January 6, 2005 viewed online at http://www.legacy.com/kansascity/LegacySubPage2.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=3005637 on January 17, 2005. Hereinafter cited as Obituary.
  3. [S71] Lila Jean Sanders unknown date.
  4. [S254] Lila Jean Sanders unknown date.
  5. [S247] Sara Sue Herrell, "Myers (#130), Sue - Email - 2005-01-05," e-mail message (Arnold, Missouri) to Sheila Sue Altenbernd, Jan 5, 2005. Hereinafter cited as "EML-00130-2005-01-05".
  6. [S253] William Michael Behan Funeral Program, unknown repository (unknown repository address).
 
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