Ronald ‘Beans’ Behrends


Ronald “Beans” Behrends, 86, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from complications of Covid 19.

Private Family services will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, where friends may call from 9:30-11 a.m. Pastor Emory Gillespie will officiate at the services. Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Navy with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery.

By visiting you may share your thoughts, memories and condolences with Ron’s family and the see the details of the Facebook Live Steaming of the service. Mask’s must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the funeral home. Social distancing standards need to be strictly observed.

Ronald Dean Behrends was born Dec. 13, 1934 at Monticello. He was the son of William and Velma Miller, Behrends. Ron graduated from the Monticello Community Schools in 1954. He worked at Hearn Tire before enlisting in the United States Navy. Following his military service Ron worked at Home Gas Company before taking a job at Energy Manufacturing. Ron was employed there for 35 years as a machinist.

Ron was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was active in the UAW Local 1613 and helped bring, DuTrac Credit Union to Monticello later serving on the board. He also belonged to Jones County Ducks Unlimited, the V.F.W. and the Monticello Drill Team. In retirement he loved working at Pizza Ranch with all the young people.

Surviving are two children, Kent (Cindy) Behrends, Monticello, Renee Vargas, Anamosa; nine grandchildren: Kelli Behrends, Adrianna Vargas, Angela (Mitch Crawford) Vargas, Alana Vargas, Karmen (Travis) Keltner, Aubrie Watkins, Jenny (Dan) Jacobs, Trevor (Jeni) Haas, Tyson (Milly) Haas and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Audrey.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.