WAUKESHA

Rodney Charles Behnke

Oct. 30, 1946 - Dec. 3, 2011

Rodney Charles Behnke, 65, of Waukesha, formerly of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Madison, the son of August and Clara (Dykoff) Behnke.

He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1964 and continued his education at Aurora College in Aurora, Ill., where he received a bachelor’s degree. While attending college, Rodney was a star goalie for the college soccer team. Rodney continued to further his education throughout his life with various education courses. After college, Rodney enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he was united in marriage to Carolina Moon in Madison, where they were blessed with two children.

Rodney was employed as a salesman in the welding supply industry and worked for several businesses, some of which included Welders Supply in Waukesha, Bently Welding Supply of Brookfield, Waukesha Foundry and Machinery and Welder’s Corp. of West Allis.

In his spare time, Rodney enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting and watching the Brewers, Badgers, Packers and NASCAR. He especially enjoyed spending time with his son, daughter and grandson.

Rodney spent time volunteering to help with wounded veterans in the Milwaukee area. In addition, he was a member of the New Life Community Advent Christian Church in Baraboo.

Survivors include his son, Adam; a daughter, Andrea; a grandson, Camron, all of Madison; a sister, Dorothy Ebsen of Madison; a brother-in-law, Lawrence "Red" (Mary Ann) Sinclair of Waukesha; and two nieces, Melanie (Brett) Staplmann and Cindy Ebsen. Also surviving are five cousins, Gary, Greta, Greg, Gordon and Glenda Ranum, and the Krejchik family.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; and a sister, Donna.

Visitation will beheld from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m, funeral service Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, with the Rev. Jesse Stevens officiating. Burial will be held in Caledonia Lutheran Cemetery with graveside military rites provided by the VFW Greenwood Memorial Post No.987.

Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 608-356-4656 or visit online at www.ragobaldwinfuneralhome.com.