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||CARTHAGENA, Ohio — Fr. John Behen, C.PP.S., 93, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, in the infirmary of St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio. He had been in failing health.|
He was born on September 4, 1920, to Edward and Leona (Kelly) Behen in Balboa, in the Canal Zone. He entered the Congregation in 1934 and was ordained on February 2, 1946.
During his time as a priest Fr. Behen served in various cities in the Eastern United States including his home parish Sacred Heart Church and St. Patrick's in Sedalia, MO. He served the Precious Blood in various capacities throughout his career. He retired from active ministry in 2003 and had lived at St. Charles Center since.
Survivors include his sister, Mary Donahue, of Gardner, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Behen, Sedalia, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Francis, Robert, William and Richard; brother-in-law, Joseph Donahue; and sisters-in-law Jane, Norine and Dorothy Behen.
Fr. Behen was a gentle, humble man who reached out as a pastor to whoever needed him. He was a compassionate listener with a sharp intellect who always made people feel that what they had to tell him was of great value to him.
A prayer service, led by Fr. Mark Miller, C.PP.S., will be held on Sunday, July 27th, 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Sedalia. Memorial donations may be made to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Cincinnati Province or Sacred Heart Church.
Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com from July 25 to July 26, 2014