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July 8 | Visitation

9:00 to 10:00 AM Public Visitation at Gehret Funeral Home, Social Distancing Required

July 8 | Memorial Service

10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Church, Social Distancing Required


Lawrence Vernon Behr

June 28, 1943 - July 2, 2020

Lawrence “Larry” V. Behr,

Age 77, of Middle Street, Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence Thursday afternoon, July 2, 2020. He was born June 28, 1943, in Fort Loramie, Ohio, to the late Frederick & Agnes (Barhorst) Behr. On November 18, 1972, at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Wendelin, Larry married Alberta “Bert” (Lefeld) Behr who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Lisa & Larry Heitkamp of Osgood, Lori & Rob Good of New Bremen and Leslie & John Tobe of Sidney along with seven grandchildren: Reagan Heitkamp, Bobby and Bryan Good, Lilly, Harold, Gavin and Isabell Tobe; One sister, Judy Peterson of Kettering and sisters & brothers-in-law: Marcella “Sally” Behr and Alberta “Bertie” Behr of Fort Loramie, Ed Lefeld of Columbus, Phyllis Krieg of North Star, Donna & Francis “Fig” Grieshop of Chickasaw and Allen & Linda Lefeld of Coldwater along with numerous living and deceased nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Cletus & Ruth Ann Behr, Roger Behr and Norman “Shorty” Behr along with brothers & sisters-in-law: Tom Peterson, Patricia & Dale Winner and John Krieg.

Mr. Behr was a 1961 graduate of Fort Loramie High School. He then served three years in the Army National Guard of Ohio during the Vietnam era. In 2005, Larry retired from the Minster Machine Company where was primarily an overhead crane operator. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the St. Michael Knights of St. John where he had been an active uniform, Noble Degree member. He also belonged to the Fort Loramie American Legion and the former Fort Loramie Racing Club. Larry enjoyed lottery scratch-offs and occasional casino visits, camping, vacationing with his family, reading and feeding backyard birds and squirrels. He also loved baseball and years ago enjoyed umpiring. He was a kind man that didn’t know a stranger.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at St. Michael Church with Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie. SOCIAL DISTANCING will be in practice at all funeral home, church and cemetery rites. Memorials may be made to charities of choice. Private condolences may be expressed at


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