Edward Gentry Behrens, 85, of New London, Mo. passed away, April 29, 2013, at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, Pastor Tom Day, officiating. Burial will be at Barkley Cemetery in New London, Mo.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, and from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Mr. Behrens was born, December 10, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo. to Raymond R. and Antoinette Gentry Behrens. He married Margaret Adelle Fry Behrens, March 26, 1955, in Louisiana, Mo.
She preceded him in death October 7, 2008.
Survivors include two children: James Raymond Behrens and wife Julia Cornell Behrens of Hannibal and Martha Antoinette (Anne) Behrens Vieira and husband, John Michael Vieira of Louisiana; four grandchildren: James Cornell Behrens, Katherine Elizabeth Behrens, Carter Behrens Vieira and Isabella Rose Vieira.
Preceding in death were his parents and sibling, William Benjamin Gladney.
Ed grew up in St. Louis and moved to Louisiana with his parents. He graduated from Louisiana High School in 1945, attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with his B.S. in business in 1950. At the University he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
After graduation Ed became the owner of a Ford Motor Automobile Dealership in Louisiana. In 1958 he and his father purchased Ralls County State Bank, now RCS Bank. From 1958-1962, he was Cashier/Director at the bank. From 1963-1968, he was Executive Vice President/Director and from 1969-1989 he was President/Director. From 1990 until his death he was Chairman and CEO of RCS Bank.
In addition to his banking career Ed was formerly treasurer of Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation, served as Vice President of the Mark Twain Lake and Clarence Cannon Dam Association from 1963-1984. He served as Charter President in 1965 of the New London Lions Club.
While at Westminster College he was present for Winston Churchill’s now famous “Iron Curtain” speech. He served with the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood Mo. during the Korean Conflict.
Ed was an avid golfer and Missouri Tiger fan. He was devoted to his family and friends. His career will be remembered for the pride he took in helping his customers being successful.
Memorials may be made to New London First Christian Church, New London First Baptist Church, Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation or New London Lions Club in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Pallbearers will be John W. Briscoe, Robert M. Clayton, II, Steven Misner, Louis McClelland, Kenneth Greger, John M. Vieira, James C. Behrens and William Gladney.
Honorary pallbearers will be past and present employees of RCS Bank.
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