Roger Behm, 66, of Mentor, MN and formerly of Cavalier, ND, passed away Friday, November 3, 2023, at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Cavalier. A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church.
Roger Earl Behm was born in Grand Forks, ND on November 23, 1956, to Earl (Squirt) and Margaret Ann (Yoney) Behm of Niagara, ND. He attended school in Niagara and Petersburg, graduating in 1975. After completing school, he enlisted in the Air Force from 1975 and retired in 1979. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his valiant service. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Schmidt on June 20, 1975. They moved to Cavalier in 1980 where they made their home raising their three children and establishing Behm’s Plumbing Inc. He built a successful plumbing business, serving the area for 48 years, and establishing additional branches in Mentor, Alexandria, MN and Mesa, AZ.
Roger served as a volunteer fireman for the Cavalier Fire Department. He also served as a board member for the Cavalier Country Club and the Maple Lake Association Board. He was a proud member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and being at the lake with his family and friends. He enjoyed watching his grandkids participate in their sporting events and activities. For the past few years, Roger and Marilyn enjoyed spending their winters at their home in Mesa, AZ.
Family members include his wife, Marilyn; children: Chris (Kellie Thomas) Behm, Alexandria, MN; Holly (Casey) Bergh, East Grand Forks, MN; and Lindsay (Josh) Austfjord, Casselton, ND; Grandchildren: Shelby (Tom) Zach, Nicholas Behm, Sophie Thomas; Kaden Robinson, Taylor and Megan Bergh; Emma, Lucille, Lillian and Beau Austfjord; Great-grandchildren: Allie and Isaac Zach; Siblings: Jolene (Kevin) Nason Lakeland, FL; Jill (Mike Bina) Kroke Michigan, ND; and Robert (Kelly) Behm Bismarck, ND; Brother-in-Law: Michael Wardzinski of Bismarck, ND; Donald (Michelle) Schmidt Washburn, ND; Russ Schmidt West Fargo, ND; Brian (Mary) Schmidt Lakota, ND; Sister-in-laws Joyce (Mark) Magnus Northwood, ND; Evy (Eric) Olson Bozeman, MT;and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents Earl and Margaret Behm, sister Carla Wardzinski, father-in-law Russell Schmidt and mother-in-law Diane Schmidt.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the Fargo VA Medical Center and Hospice Staff.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Veterans Honor Flight: Donate - Honor Flight Network ; Cavalier American Legion: Lavern Thompson, Legion Post 11, Veteran’s Medical Equipment Fund; or the Michigan, ND Cemetery: PO Box 226, Michigan, ND 58259
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