Henry Vernon Behan


Mr. Henry Vernon Behan, 93, a resident of Davenport, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Trinity Bettendorf.

Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 N. Fillmore, Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home.

There will be a prayer service Friday at 4 p.m. to begin the visitation that all are invited to attend.

Henry Vernon Behan was born May 14, 1916 in Davenport, a son of James Charles and Mary A. (Skelley) Behan.


He graduated from the former St. Ambrose Academy.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and attained the rank of Sergeant.

Henry was united in marriage to Leona Sellers on Dec. 9, 1944 in Davenport. She preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 1989.

He retired after more than 50 years as a men’s clothing salesman. He had worked for various men’s clothing stores in downtown Davenport, most notably Britt’s Men’s Wear.

He was a long time member of Holy Family Church, and the Knights of Columbus Council 532.

Known as both Henry and Vern to his friends, he was always ready for a friendly game of golf, which was a passion in his life. He had achieved a hole-in-one at Duck Creek in earlier years. Vern was also an avid bowler and participated for many years in the Knights of Columbus Bowling League.

He was especially proud of his family and his Irish heritage.

Memorials can be made to Holy Family Church.

Survivors include children, Jon Timothy Behan and Kathy Behan, Debary, Florida, Joseph Patrick (Mary) Behan, Grand Mound, Iowa, and Mary Christine “Kris” Ruch, Davenport; grandchildren, Emily Behan, Christopher Behan, Jessica (Dave) Wilson, Catherine (Laif) Swanson, Rebecca Behan, Samuel Behan, Joel Ruch and Kara Ruch; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, brother’s, Sylvester, James Donald and Francis Gene Behan and an infant sister, Anna Behan also preceded him in death.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Vern’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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