Frederick A. Behrens, 70

Frederick (Fred) Allen Behrens, 70, died of leukemia Aug. 20, 2009, at his home in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Fred was born April 12, 1939, in Monroe, Wis., to Harold J. Behrens and Margaret Riebe Behrens. He graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1957 and the University of Wisconsin in 1961 with a degree in civil engineering. He earned a Masterís Degree in transportation engineering from the University of Colorado in 1973.

In August 1961, he married Janet Knutson in Green Bay, Wis. In November of that year, he began serving as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Following his discharge from the Army in November 1963, he began his career with the Bureau of Public Roads, which later became the Federal Highway Administration.

He first worked for the Direct Federal office in Denver, Colo.; his time there included three assignments in Yellowstone National Park. Later assignments with FHWA took him to Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minn.; Madison, Wis., and Cheyenne, Wyo., where he became the Wyoming Division administrator in 1989 and retired in 1999.

Whether it was his annual trip to Wisconsin for deer hunting, a family get-together, a ski trip, visiting his grandchildren in Spain or fishing with his brother, Steve, Fred delighted in being with his family, immediate and extended, and his friends.

Fred was an avid outdoorsman whose interests included fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and skiing. He and Jan traveled extensively. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Cheyenne Ski Club and Friendship Force. He also served on the Cheyenne Frontier Days ticket committee and delivered for Meals on Wheels. He loved to play cribbage and enjoyed his membership in the local ACC Grass Roots Cribbage Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughters, Laury Behrens of Seville, Spain, and Linda Behrens and her husband, Curt Dunbar, of Cheyenne; his son, Ross Behrens of Boulder, Colo.; two grandchildren, Avery and Ignacio Alonso-Behrens of Seville; and two step-grandchildren, Hillary and Ethan Dunbar of Evanston, Wyo.

He is also survived by his brother, Steve, and his wife, Joanne, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 31, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne. Fredís ashes will be interred at a later date at Cedarburg, Wis.

Memorials to Fred may be directed to Wyoming Wildlife Federation, First United Methodist Church of Cheyenne or a charity of the donorís choice.