Richard D. Behling
Richard D. Behling of Hartford died Wednesday, October 4, 2017. He will be remembered by many for his quick wit and compassion.
Rich married Rochelle Behling (nee Krueger) on October 8, 1988, and their marriage was happily blessed with two daughters, Rachel (Kyle) Zastrow and Rebecca (fiancÚ Nick) Behling.
Rich worked as an engineer for 30 years, most recently at Plastic Components Inc., where his coworkers have fond memories of work gatherings held at his Druid lake home. At home, Rich would unwind by playing fetch with his dogs or sitting by the campfire. Rich touched the lives of many through his gregarious smile and sense of humor. He saw the good things in people and situations; always the optimist. Rich cared about his church and was actively involved in Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise and yearly mission trips. He was passionate about helping those in need and these commitments energized him.
He is also survived by parents, Donald and Susan Behling; his mother-in-law, Arleen Krueger; brother, Gregg (Lisa Manthy) Behling; sisters, Missy (Glen) Garski and Mandi (Bobby) Wiesner; sister-in-law, Natalie (Jerry) Zellmer; his nieces and nephews, Jason (Becca) Zellmer, Nicole (fiancÚ Blake) Zellmer, Jenna (fiancÚ Josh) and Haley Garski, Tyler Zellmer, Matthew Behling, and Bailey and Reagan Wiesner; his great-nieces Ava and Lauren Zellmer; and many many more family and friends.
A memorial service for Rich will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road, Oconomowoc, on Friday, October 20, at 1 p.m. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ or to Habitat for Humanity of Dodge and Washington County.
Rich will be greatly missed and holds a special place in the hearts of those who were fortunate to have met and known him.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call
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