BLOOMINGTON - Michael F. Behary, 76, of 206 Fairway Drive, Bloomington, passed away at 5 p.m. Monday (Oct. 30, 2006) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.
A memorial Mass will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington, with Father Doug Hennessey celebrating. Cremation rites were accorded. His ashes will be strewn in the Monongahela River at Brownsville, Pa. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
Michael was born Oct. 1, 1930, a son of John and Ann Megles Behary. He married Constance Cole on Feb. 26, 1988, in Bloomington. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, John (Lenese), Harrison City, Pa.; Michael (Amanda), Bloomington; and David (Valarie), Downs; three daughters, Laura (Craig) Behary Clark, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dr. Patra (Casey) Behary Cutler, Portland, Ore.; and Nicia Behary, Nashville, Tenn.; one stepson, Jeffrey (Michelle) Woith, Downs; 10 grandchildren; and one sister, Theresa (Jerome) Poleski, South Carolina. His parents, one brother and one stepson preceded him in death.
Mr. Behary retired as quality assurance manager of The Eureka Co. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus Council 574, where he served as deputy Grand Knight, 1994-1994, and Grand Knight 1995-1997. He was a Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree 213.
He was also a life member of V.F.W. Post 454; Military Order of the Caotic ILO 37; American Legion Post 56; Moose Lodge 745; and the Fraternal Order of Clubs. He was very active in volunteer work for St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Mr. Behary served in the Army, where he received the Bronze Star, five Battle Stars, and the Korean Service Medal. He sponsored two special children: Sangme Han, Korea, and Chaemonoakon Han Weirapong, Thailand.
Mike's favorite person in the Bible was St. Paul. Here is one of his favorite quotes: "The rich will throw coins over a wall to the poor but will not pay to have the wall torn down."
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.