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“I just learned of your loss while doing some research on the old Cotton State. My Dad was Chief Mate on the Cotton State at the time of the...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Robert J. Pease !! - MS

“Dear Vicki, I felt very honored tohave been with you shortly after the passing of your Dad and listen to Jerry as he prayed over Lawrence. What a...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Myrna Murphy - sister-in-law

“Hi Vicki, Thank you so much for letting me know about the passing of your father. I am very sorry for your loss. I know you are so very thankful...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Virginia Smith - Woodbine, IA

“Dear Vicky, I'm so sad at your dad's passing, he was a good egg. Just a really nice man. How wonderful that he was with his daughter when he was...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Susan (Behmlander) Heimbaugh-Brown)

“Vicki, I am so glad that I got to know your Dad. What a nice man with a great smile! I will miss seeing him ! ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Rita Kellogg - Missouri Valley, IA

“Vicki, I just found out about the loss of your dad. I am so sorry for your losss and am glad I got to know him. Geri Anderson ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Geri Anderson - friend

“I so enjoyed Lawrence, he had the sweetest smile I have ever seen. I loved to listen to his stories. I am so glad he passed at your home Vicki. ...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lynette Paine - Woodbine, IA

“Vicki, I did not know your dad but knowing you, he had to be a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your lose and know you are in my heart and prayers....Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Michael - Mo. Valley, IA

“Grandpa had the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know (my mother is a close second). But I will always remember how he would come visit us in Jackson...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Amy Lewis - Bellevue, NE


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Lawrence August Behmlander, 88, of Logan, Iowa formerly of Michigan died on Monday, July 11, 2011, at his daughter’s home near Logan, Iowa. Lawrence was born on May 2, 1923, in Dearborn, Michigan to Ernest and Louise (Miller) Behmlander. He graduated from Dearborn high School in 1941. Lawrence joined the US Merchant Marines in 1942. In 1943, Lawrence married Florence Murphy. He then entered the US Maritime Service Officers School in New London, Connecticut. Lawrence graduated from Officers School in 1945. While in the Merchant Marines he was awarded the Atlantic War Zone bar, Merchant Marine Combat Bar, Merchant Marine Meritorious Service Medal, Mediterranean Middle East War Zone Bar and the Merchant Marine Victory Medal. Lawrence was honorably discharged in 1947. Lawrence then served 15 years on the Dearborn Fire Department as a fire fighter. Lawrence sailed the Great Lakes as an officer on the Ford Motor Company iron ore ships, serving on the ship The Henry Ford II. After many years on the Great Lakes, he returned to merchant sailing on ocean vessels. As the officer on duty, he manned the lifeboat rescue of a Greek crew from their sinking ship in the Atlantic Ocean. On August 26, 1966, the United States Department of Commerce Maritime Administration presented the Gallant Ship award to the S.S. “Cotton State” for the heroic action of her seamen in rescuing the crew of the Greek Ship “Grammatiki” on February 7, 1965. In 1969, Lawrence married Bernadette Symons. Before his retirement he worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co in Jackson, Michigan as a stationary engineer. Lawrence moved from Jackson, Michigan to Logan to be near his daughter in 2007.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and a son, David Lawrence Behmlander. He is survived by his daughter, Vicki and her husband Rev. Jerald Firby of Logan, Iowa; two granddaughters, Andrea and her husband Aaron Clark of Quincy, Illinois and Amy and her husband Shannon Lewis of Bellevue, Nebraska; six great grandchildren, Harrison and Hayden Clark, Miriam, Trinity, Christian and Naomi Lewis of Bellevue, Nebraska; one brother, Harold Behmlander and his wife Doris of Sarasota, Florida; his beloved dogs, Susie and Holly; and other relatives and friends.

Lawrence’s wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes buried on the family cemetery plot in Michigan. There will be a family service in Michigan at a later date.