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“I remember being surprised at how strong Jake was when he gave me a hug. And we are blessed that Jake had his son Joe who is a great lifetime friend...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Susan and Duffy Davis - WA

“I first met Jake in Washington, D.C. I was walking down the street near the White House when I saw a man getting off a bus wearing an Iowa Hawkeye...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Fonley Allen - Dunlap, IA

“Cindy and the whole Behrendt family, we will always remember Jake! He was a good man and loved his family.. I enjoyed the coffee chats we had at Sue...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Judy and Larry Muff - Dunlap, IA

“Love and prayers for you and your family. Deepest sympathy for the loss of your wonderful father. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Neta Rohr - Garland, TX - Friend

“We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Jake was a dear friend and neighbor and we always enjoyed having him over for many dinners and parties with...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jeremy and Sarah Bosch - Shakopee, MN

“I'm so sorry for your loss, he was a great person. You have my prayers and sympathy ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Henrietta Sandbothe - MN - Family

“Deepest sympathy to the entire Behrendt Family on the passing of your Dad. May he rest in eternal peace. Special thoughts & prayers. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Tom&Maggie Bissen - Defiance, IA

“Jake always called me his flower girl because I was his flower girl at his wedding. My sympathies to all of the family. Now he and Theresa are...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Gloria (Pauley) Royal - FL

“I remember breaking antenna on Jake's new truck coming home from detasseling in Manila-We we're jamming to music and Nancy got too close to tree...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Conrad - Albany, MN

“My condolences to the family...waited on Jake for many many years.. liked talking to him..sorry for your loss ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: lanette malone - Dunlap, IA


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Jacob William Behrendt was born on August 24, 1928, to Joseph and Mary Margaret (Windeshausen) Behrendt in Panama, Iowa. He was raised in the Dunlap area and attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Dunlap. Jake proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Jake met Theresa Bissen at a dance in April of 1950 and on October 11, 1950, the couple was married in Earling, Iowa. After his honorable discharge, they started farming near Panama and then moved to a farm near Buck Grove. Jake also worked for IBP for 23 years. In 1993, they retired and moved to Dunlap.

Jake was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap. He was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and he was also a member of the American Legion Post #224. Jake loved to play cards and drive around checking on the crops. He also kept an eye on his garden and farm. Jake was an avid sports fan.

Jake died on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa at the age of 89 years, five months, and 10 days.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Theresa Behrendt; daughter-in-law, Connie (DeWald) Behrendt; grandson, Kurt Russmann; and two sisters, Teresa Schomers and Susan Brungardt. He is survived by his nine children, Clara Ann (Peter) Cartwright of Shell Knob, Missouri, Joe (Diane) Behrendt of Sioux City, Iowa, Vicki (Dan) Mabie of Huntington Beach, California, Kenny (Kathy) Behrendt of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, Keith Behrendt of Sioux City, Iowa, Paul Behrendt of Austin, Texas, Nancy (Joel) Fox of Helotes, Texas, Cindy (Tom) Trierweiler of Hinton, Iowa, Sam Behrendt of Clearwater, Nebraska; 21 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother, Donald "Griz" (Virginia) Behrendt of Dunlap, Iowa; two in-laws, Sister Mary Helen Bissen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Walter (Katherine) Bissen of Harlan, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.