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Posted by: Beads, July 17, 2010, 9:02am
It is with great sadness that I post this mission. One of our own, Debbi Behnke ( aka proud parent), passed away last night from a massive heart attack.

Funeral for Debbi Sue Beyer Behnke (Dubiquilts, proud parent)

Stage: 1:00PM  
Staging Location:  Barnaby's Family Inn
                         933 W Rand Rd (between Beverly Ln & Dorothy Rd)
                          Arlington Heights, IL 60004

At 1:30 we will be ride the short distance to Shalom Memorial Park.
No one should arrive at Shalom Memorial Park prior to 1:30 as there is another funeral.

Flag line in place by 2:00 P.M.  

Shalom Memorial Park
Arlington Heights, Il. 60004-9607

Funeral 2:30PM

Interment to follow immediately after brief chapel and then graveside service.

Interment:  Shalom Memorial Park  

Online Obituary:

Family will arrive at 1:30 guests around 2.

In a traditional Jewish funeral there is no wake, no visitation, and casket is closed.  
There will be no public viewing.
Chapel service to be led by Rabbi Phyllis Somner should take 20-30 minutes.  

Due to Deb's extreme medical and final expenses a memorial trust fund is being set up.
Donations gratefully accepted at:
Debbi Behnke Memorial Fund
C/O Mark Grothe
4000 Bluebird Lane
Rolling Meadows, Il. 60008-2909

RC:  Keith Chambers 847-366-8923
Posted by: Beads, July 17, 2010, 9:16am; Reply: 1
Family and Friends

What can we say, what can we do, to help ease the pain?  

With our hearts heavy in sorrow, we send prayers of strength to comfort and console you in this very difficult time. Every time we saw Debbi she was smiling... Guess her smile was needed in Heaven.

Rest in Peace Deb, Rest in Peace

Posted by: 1889 (Guest), July 17, 2010, 9:17am; Reply: 2
I can't even come up with the right words to say,

Standing by
Posted by: Monster, July 17, 2010, 9:18am; Reply: 3
Our prayers are with friends and family during this most difficult time of sudden loss. May the Lord grant you peace.
Rest in Peace, Debbi.
God Bless You

Posted by: Calamity, July 17, 2010, 9:22am; Reply: 4
Prayers for comfort and strength being said for Mark their family and your WW family there!
Posted by: ottomania, July 17, 2010, 9:35am; Reply: 5
Mark I am so at a loss for words. My friend I will do everything I can to be there for you.
I loved your wife as I do you brother. You counseled me when I needed it and I pray to return the favor.
May she rest in peace.
Posted by: The Stalker, July 17, 2010, 9:39am; Reply: 6
I am in shock as I am know we all are.  Your loss is felt by us all, as we are all a family.  Please let me know if you need anything at all, I am here for you.  We love you Mark and we love Deb.

Deb, I know Jon D is welcoming you with open arms.  Now there is another WWR member to help him welcome home our Heros.  

Standing by with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes.
Posted by: matter, July 17, 2010, 9:40am; Reply: 7
I recall writing the phrase 'the ever present Mark & Deb' when emailing for Billy's Welcome Home mission (her son) just a couple of weeks ago.  Now she will carry on the mission in region 7 with JonD and never miss another mission.  I have an image burned in my memory of Deb EMBRACING one of our warriors.  As she let go, I saw the look of genuine, honest compassion as a bittersweet smile flashed.  

I will never forget her, and that will be my image of her.

Warriors' Watch..  Pegs down.  Kick stands up.  .  

Posted by: Fitz, July 17, 2010, 9:47am; Reply: 8
Posted by: Camera Nut, July 17, 2010, 9:48am; Reply: 9
Mark, Billy, Jake, and the rest of the family and friends - I am so sorry to hear the news.  My deepest condolences.  You are in our thoughts and prayers today and always.  

It's a sad day.  XOXOXOXO  Standing by
Posted by: Ranger Rick Towman, July 17, 2010, 9:50am; Reply: 10
Our Prayers and Condolences to Mark & Family. I'm here if you need anything!  24/7    (847) 899-1298

Rick & Bonnie

Posted by: NIGHT STALKER, July 17, 2010, 10:14am; Reply: 11
Our prayers and condolences are with your family and friends during this most difficult time of your loss.

  Rest in Peace, Debbi.

                                                           STANDING BY.....
Posted by: Hilsen, July 17, 2010, 10:35am; Reply: 12
Our hearts are breaking to learn of Debbi's passing.

Deb, I wish I would have told you how much we, Oopsie and I loved and admired you. Sometimes you think is is being displayed in that extra big hug when we'd see one another. I hope it was felt.

I know you are with JonD now watching over and guiding us to continue doing the right thing for our heroes.

Mark and Billy our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. We love all, always did and always will.

Rest Safely and Securely in God's Loving Arms, Debbi.

Standing by...With Flags
Posted by: tazz-man, July 17, 2010, 10:35am; Reply: 13
Our Prayers and condolences to Mark & Family.

Rest in Peace, Debbi
Posted by: Dietsche12762_Lady D, July 17, 2010, 10:41am; Reply: 14
My thoughts and prayers are with Debbi's family, WWR family and friends at this sorrowful time.

God Speed Debbi.

Standing by.
Posted by: The Greek, July 17, 2010, 10:46am; Reply: 15
I am at lost of words right now. Mark and Billy, I am sorry for your loss. Debie was an extrodinary person, that always made you fell welcome, and made you feel at home.  She will be missed dearly by all of us. Please know that Amanda and I are here for your family, and so is WWR. We love you.

Rest in Peace Deb.
You will be missed.

Georgia and Amanda
Posted by: Archie, July 17, 2010, 11:02am; Reply: 16
Mark and Family, what in this world can I say? What can we do at a time like this? My prayers and all  of my thoughts are with you.

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.

"Hold On," A Pueblo Indian Prayer

Posted by: Dukesmom1, July 17, 2010, 11:45am; Reply: 17
Mark and Billy-
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a shock to wake up and hear this news. Deb will always be in our hearts.
Posted by: Training Wheel, July 17, 2010, 12:01pm; Reply: 18
Mark, Billy & Jacob, our hearts are very heavy with this sudden loss of an amazing person. Debbi will be deeply missed. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Let us know if you there is something we can do.

Rest in Peace, Deb, we will miss your friendly smile and fun loving personality.

Standing By
with love
Kathleen & Bob
Posted by: pamster, July 17, 2010, 1:07pm; Reply: 19
Our hearts are breaking at the news of the sudden loss of Debbie.  Our most sincere condolences to Mark and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with you.  My all your wonderful memories give you comfort.  She will missed!

Standing by

Pam and Mike
Posted by: Cinnamon, July 17, 2010, 1:22pm; Reply: 20
I'm sorry I did not know Debbi better.  I am still sad at this news.  Please accept this hug and my condolences.

Debbi,  I wrote this poem for our soldiers that we send off.  I've revised it a bit for you.

I wrap you in my arms
    in a “See you soon" embrace.
I simply say “Thank You”
    as tears roll down my face.
The sacrifices that you’ve made
    for our soldiers far from home,
Can never be repaid
    not in full or even some.

God bless you, Debbi.  Rest in peace.
Posted by: ChgoJim, July 17, 2010, 1:48pm; Reply: 21
Mark am so sorry to hear the news of Debs passing she will be dearly missed by me on the missions her smile and jokeing around with me her smile will allways be in my heart on every mission i am on
Posted by: fyrlieu, July 17, 2010, 3:09pm; Reply: 22
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  I have phone messages from some of you.  Please don't feel slighted, I simply can't get myself together enough to talk.  The pain is incredibly intolerable.  Plans will be finalized tomorrow.  Tentatively we are looking at Tuesday mid-afternoon.  This will be a traditional Jewish funeral.  Funeral home is 100 yards from her resting place.  All events will occur at one place and time.  She will be so proud to have WWR send her on her way to Region 7.  Meantime, she is riding her dream bike in heavan with her mother riding fluff.  I am leaving to go be with our sons.  My humble thanks again.
Posted by: bratkiv, July 17, 2010, 3:30pm; Reply: 23
Rest in peace Debbi. We will miss you.  Stand down we have the watch.

Posted by: OldestPita, July 17, 2010, 4:05pm; Reply: 24
Thank you to everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers.  I know that my Mom and Dad will greatly appreciate your presence this week.  We look forward to seeing you all, as it is what Deb wants.  
Thank you,
Deb n Mark's Oldest Pita
Posted by: Cager Brad-Gala Gal, July 17, 2010, 5:21pm; Reply: 25
Dear Mark, We are so sad to hear of Debbie's passing.  Keep your memories of her close to your heat as will we.  Tonight the brightest star in the sky will be Deb, she is shinning brighter for you and your family.


Bruce & Carol B.  
                              Will be there with FLAGS
Posted by: TomandPat, July 17, 2010, 6:00pm; Reply: 26
Dear Mark,

Pat and I just heard about Debbie on a mission this afternoon....we're really sorry for your loss as Pat and Debbi just last week were talking about clothes and Danskins at the Lakemoor mission.  We're here for you if you need anything, please just ask.

Our Condolences and Our Thoughts and Prayers for You and Your Family,

Tom & Pat Smyth
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 17, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 27


Posted by: ROADHOUSE, July 17, 2010, 8:02pm; Reply: 28
Posted by: Falcon, July 17, 2010, 8:32pm; Reply: 29
Mark and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Deb will be be missed, and in the hearts and minds of all of us that loved her.
Posted by: Dave D 1800, July 17, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 30
Our Prayers and Condolences to Mark & Family.

Rest in peace Debbi.
Posted by: bdime, July 17, 2010, 9:17pm; Reply: 31
Words are not enough.. she will be missed more then you can ever know.  Good thing she learned to ride herself so she can be part of the escort riding with Jon D... our love and prayers to  all.  Barb
Posted by: Strange Juan, July 17, 2010, 9:36pm; Reply: 32
My condolences, she'll be missed.
Posted by: Raine, July 17, 2010, 9:56pm; Reply: 33
Mark and Billy, our deepest condolences for your incrediblle loss. We pray that the weeks and months ahead will bring you comfort. We are grateful for the time we spent with Debbi and the memories.
Raine & Tom
Posted by: RiderCoachJudy, July 17, 2010, 10:34pm; Reply: 34
I am so very sorry for this huge loss.   To Mark, Billy and loved ones, in her time here, Debbi has positively touched many lives.   I'm very sorry, but the words are not coming . . . .

Debbi - Baruch dyan emes.
Posted by: Chuck S, July 17, 2010, 10:54pm; Reply: 35
My sincere condolences to Mark & Billy. Her smiles and hugs will be greatly missed.
She was a wonderful person.

Rest in Peace, Debi
Posted by: Coastie, July 17, 2010, 11:03pm; Reply: 36
Prayer missiles up, pegs down, hearts broken.

Let's take our sister home, properly.

Standing by . . .
Posted by: MiddlePita, July 18, 2010, 3:28am; Reply: 37
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  They are much needed in this very difficult time.  

Thanks again,

Posted by: stikman, July 18, 2010, 6:38am; Reply: 38
Prayers and condolences to the Behnke family and friends
Posted by: Pops, July 18, 2010, 6:52am; Reply: 39
Our most sincere condolences to Mark and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rest in Peace Debbi.

Kim & Pops
Posted by: Spike, July 18, 2010, 6:55am; Reply: 40
I have never been good with words in situations like this and words could not do justice for the thoughts in our heads and the heaviness in our hearts. Mark and family you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Standing By
Posted by: Bearhug, July 18, 2010, 7:16am; Reply: 41
Debbi, We are blessed to know you for the time we had together. Short as it was it seemed like years.
Now be with God, some day we will hug again.
Posted by: Bald Eagle, July 18, 2010, 8:42am; Reply: 42
It has been an HONOR to ride with Deb . our condolences to family and frends . may she rest in peace.     Bald Eagle   U.S.M.C.  70-72        
Posted by: VetAngel, July 18, 2010, 9:39am; Reply: 43
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Debbi Behnke.  May she rest in the arms of the Angels forever in peace.   You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Cynthia Barr
Soldiers Guardian Angels
Mokena, IL
Posted by: Proud Marine Dad, July 18, 2010, 10:04am; Reply: 44
Rest in peace Debbie.  Prayers to the family.
Posted by: Air Traffic, July 18, 2010, 10:46am; Reply: 45
i'm wish to extend my condolences to Debbi's family and friends
Posted by: joeczep, July 18, 2010, 11:08am; Reply: 46
Posted by: RnR Bob, July 18, 2010, 11:58am; Reply: 47
our thoughts are with debs family at this very sad time,
standing by, RnR
Posted by: Rich G, July 18, 2010, 1:16pm; Reply: 48
May God welcome Debbi in His kingdom with open arms and may He comfort Mark and the family as we all grieve the loss of this loved one.
Posted by: sailor74, July 18, 2010, 2:42pm; Reply: 49
Posted by: Schmitty, July 18, 2010, 4:38pm; Reply: 50
Sincere condolences to Mark, family and friends.

Rest in peace Debbi. You will be greatly missed.
Posted by: VetAngel, July 18, 2010, 4:39pm; Reply: 51
the dear LORD needed a hero to help him out and chose our own debbi. HE works in ways only HE has the answers for. you will truely be missed . my deepest heartfelt condolances to the family and freinds.
Posted by: TOM TALLMAN, July 18, 2010, 4:43pm; Reply: 52
words cannot express the heaviness in my heart. my deepest condolances
Posted by: 2097 (Guest), July 18, 2010, 5:25pm; Reply: 53
As we send our loved ones to war we know deep in our hearts they may be asked to give the ultimate sacrifice and we prepare. Losing a loved one at home is unexpected and always a heart breaker. Our kind words of support to the family will be heard but not fully understood during this time of morning.
Pray for their great loss and their sorrow and give them time to grieve.
But most of all Pray for the days to come, for their strength to carry on with fond memories of Debbi
and the understanding  that it was her time…  and the Lord called her home.
Rest In Peace.
Posted by: Tatonka69, July 18, 2010, 6:26pm; Reply: 54
We have lost too many from our WWR (and our extended PGR) families.  We will all feel this pain for a long time.  Mark, rest assured that Debbi's WWR family will gather to escort her to her final rest.  She will be in good hands.

Posted by: Maddmax, July 18, 2010, 7:03pm; Reply: 55
Know our hearts and prayers are with Mark & family during this diffuclt time of loss.

Miro and Jeannette
Posted by: rlac, July 18, 2010, 7:39pm; Reply: 56
To the family of Debbi Behnke, I am a new member to WWR and we have never met, but you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers, as I know the loss of a close family member is never easy.  Just know that she is in a much better place now.
Posted by: TimJim, July 18, 2010, 7:57pm; Reply: 57
To the family of Debbi there really is nothing I can say or do to ease your pain right now. Just know you are all held up in prayer today and every day to come.
Rest in Peace Deb.
Tim&Michelle Lorman
Numbers 6:24-26
Posted by: JJ, July 18, 2010, 8:16pm; Reply: 58
I'm very sorry to hear of this news.

Mark, you are in my prayers and if there's anything I can do, please let me know.

I'm proud to call Deb a friend.  She was always a joy to be around, and made even the dreary days bright.

Please be assured that your "extended family" is here for you.

We will miss her.

With very sincere condolences,

-Jonathan and Pam
Posted by: TVG, July 18, 2010, 11:09pm; Reply: 59
Dear Mark,

We're so sorry to hear about Deb's passing. I just don't know what to say. It just doesn't seem possible. Please know that you and Deb are in our hearts and prayers, and always will be.

Tom & Terry

Standing By...
Posted by: TREAD HEAD, July 19, 2010, 6:48am; Reply: 60
The thoughts and prayers of the Hermann Family are with you and yours at this very sad time my friends.
Posted by: USAPride, July 19, 2010, 6:51am; Reply: 61
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and Friends of Debbi.

Rest in peace.

God Bless.

Chuck and Theresa
Posted by: Wild Weasel, July 19, 2010, 7:12am; Reply: 62
I don't even know what to say, but know that you are surrounded by "family" who loves you and most of all loved Deb....You both were like my WWR parents guiding me along the way when I first joined....I'm in utter shock...Please accept Melissa's and my condolences...If you need ANYTHING, don't hesitate to write...Mike
Posted by: Schwabie, July 19, 2010, 7:18am; Reply: 63
Our family sends hugs, prayers & condolences to the loving family, relatives & friends of Debbi Behnke.
My heart has been touched in a way I just can't put into words this morning.
RIP Debbi, Welcome Home to Region 7;  A Dear Wife, Proud Mother, WWR Warrior, Awesome Friend and Faithful Soldier ALL the way around.
That flagline must be hundreds of miles long with many awesome RCs.

The Schwabie Family
Posted by: Chambo, July 19, 2010, 7:34am; Reply: 64
I'm going to miss that smile.  I going to miss that playfulness.  

Mark, my sincerest condolences.  Surround yourself with family (including your WWR family).  
Posted by: Krack, July 19, 2010, 7:36am; Reply: 65
With much sympathy I extend my condolences to Debbi's family and friends. I am new to WWR and we had not met, but from reading these post I know she was loved and will be missed.
Posted by: MadDawg, July 19, 2010, 7:43am; Reply: 66
Prayers and condolences to the Behnke family and friends.

Rest In Peace Debbi
Posted by: army152, July 19, 2010, 7:53am; Reply: 67
I am new to the WW but am a CSM who has had many guided home by Deb and others like her.  May God bless her and her family and may he provide them the comfort that her group has provided so many fine Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.  
Posted by: TomandPat, July 19, 2010, 8:10am; Reply: 68
Dear Mark and Other WWR members please ask Mark to know Pat & I would like to be there on 7/20 to express our sincere condolences but I am having eye surgery on tuesday 7/20 so won't be able to attend the services...wish i could....and want Mark to know that.

Please know we're there for you anytime.

Tom & Pat
Posted by: angel814, July 19, 2010, 9:12am; Reply: 69
Posted by: d rock, July 19, 2010, 9:58am; Reply: 70
Mark and family,
I and Terry are so sorry for your loss.  Debbi fought the good fight.  We will miss her very much.  Our condolences to the many friends and the family.  May the fond memories of her life help ease the pain of the loss.
Doug and Terry
Posted by: Bemo, July 19, 2010, 11:02am; Reply: 71
Our deepest condolences to Debbi's family and friends. Rest in Peace Debbi.
Posted by: Dave S, July 19, 2010, 12:01pm; Reply: 72
To Mark, Billy and the rest of the family. It has taken me a couple days to come up with the simple words that just do not want to come out. I guess like you it is a bit of denial as we just hugged last Wednesday. I am very sorry for your sudden loss. I lost my mom the same way and maybe this news brought back some of that pain for me. Rest assured that you and Deb have made a posistive influence on others lives, including mine, and Deb will be missed by all. She is in a better place. Mark I hope that you will be able to find your way to continue with the missions, God knows as hard as that will be for you. I am sure she will be right behind you or riding next to you in that bright yelow jacket. God's love to you all.
Posted by: Tray, July 19, 2010, 2:27pm; Reply: 73
Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbi's family and friends. May Debbi be watching over us as we perform our WWR task and welcome, with open arms and quilts, those who come after her.  Rest in peace.
Posted by: Scubadoo, July 19, 2010, 2:37pm; Reply: 74
Heartfelt sympathy to all the Behnke family.
Posted by: Crossangel, July 19, 2010, 3:23pm; Reply: 75
May God's peaceful hands be upon the family of Debbi during this time and may you all enjoy many wonderful memories at the sound of her name.  My prayers will be with you as you adjust to such a great loss.  God Bless! ><>
Posted by: SharonR, July 19, 2010, 3:42pm; Reply: 76
Before they learned to fight for "our" freedom, she taught them how to love their neighbors;
Before they picked up a rifle; she made them pick up their rooms:
Before they stood against an enemy, she had them stand up straight and tall;
Before they felt fear, they felt her absolute love;
Before they were our warriors, they were her children.

They are "OUR" heroes now but they were "HER" sons and daughters first and every soldier, sailor, airmen, and marine was trained by a mother long before beginning boot camp.
In honor of Debbi - and every military mother -  thank you for your service.  

Posted by: BIG JOE, July 19, 2010, 3:50pm; Reply: 77
My sincere condolences to you and your family Mark.
Debbie was always a sweetheart and her dedication to our mission was always first and foremost.
She will be missed.
I can’t believe we won’t be seeing her ride up on the back of your bike.
I just can’t believe it.
Life is such a gift and yet one we all take for granted.
The same with friends.

Posted by: Potato, July 19, 2010, 4:43pm; Reply: 78
Heartfelt sympathy to the entire Behnke family. Debbie will be missed.
Posted by: JEEFandSUSANA, July 19, 2010, 5:48pm; Reply: 79
Sincere condolences  to the Behnke family and to Mark. Debbie will missed by everyone.
Posted by: Beads, July 19, 2010, 6:40pm; Reply: 80
on behalf of darkangel aka Neil, i am quoting his condolences.

" I am currently in spearfish, south dakota and won't be able to make the funeral regretably. I am also unable to post condolences right now. Please let everyone know I am sorry for their loss and I will be picking up a black ribbon and wearing it and I will stop and offer a prayer at the time of the funeral. Thanks"
Posted by: Circuit Rider, July 19, 2010, 8:20pm; Reply: 81
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Behnke family and to Mark. Debbie will missed by everyone.  Debbie went out of her way to great new members and ttried to talk to everyone.  She was so proud to ride up with her man, Mark, climb off the bike and get out of the cumbersome jacket he made her wear for her own safety.  When she looked at you you knew you had her full attention.  Her faithfullness to ride, her smile to greet, and that warm look in her eye will sure be missed.  Standing By.
Posted by: T, July 19, 2010, 8:43pm; Reply: 82
Kat and I send our thoughts, prayers and most heart felt condolences to  the family and friends of our ( WWR ) sister,Debbi. May the support of our entire WWR family bring you some small comfort. Rest in peace, Debbi, our prayers are with you.
Posted by: SnoopyLass, July 19, 2010, 9:33pm; Reply: 83
Peace to Debbi, her family and friends.  I am farily new to WW...I am sorry that I didn't have a chance to meet Debbi....The words spoken here for her are amazing.  Your family is truly Blessed to have so many friends within WW.  My prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Posted by: Coastie, July 19, 2010, 10:02pm; Reply: 84
The planning is done, the stage is set,
We travel now to honor our best,
With sincere humility, respect and pride,
Light 'em up, Warriors Watch, It's Time to Ride!
Posted by: Snake, July 19, 2010, 10:28pm; Reply: 85
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark and the rest of the Behnke family on the passing of our beloved Debbi. May God bless you and Rest In Peace.
Posted by: matter, July 20, 2010, 8:12am; Reply: 86
As the sun came up over the Adirondacks and burst through the clouds, my morning ritual of giving thanks was concentrated on Deb and ALL her family.   It is strange to mourn apart from you all, yet comforting to know that you all are there together for each other.

Thank you for being there..

Ride safe....

Posted by: IronRick, July 20, 2010, 9:12am; Reply: 87

I miss your smiling face already. May you rest in peace and ride that new bike from cloud to cloud always in the sunshine.

Posted by: harleytimes, July 20, 2010, 10:37am; Reply: 88
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Debbi today.  It is an honor to join fellow WWR on a final tribute ride to celebrate her life.  She has touched so many.  God Bless and God Speed (good fortune on this new journey).
Posted by: Cager Brad-Gala Gal, July 20, 2010, 10:52am; Reply: 89
Will be there with Flags  Carol Bradley
Posted by: fyrlieu, July 20, 2010, 12:05pm; Reply: 90
My love, my heart, my soul, my brain God how I miss you. Your absence has me feeling so empty.  This morning I had the priviledge to preapare you for your final ride.  Soon our friends will show you the honor and respect you earned. It hurts terribly but I am so thankful for the time we shared. I'll keep the watch it's time for you to ride solo. So pegs down, kickstands up, flashers on, LIGHT EM UP!
Posted by: MerrilWayn, July 20, 2010, 4:38pm; Reply: 91
Mark and Family - we will miss Debbie and we send our heartfelt condolences to you and yours at this time.

I will miss the conversations I have had with Debbie as we met for welcomes and other missions - she was an interesting gal.

So sorry for your loss, and ours.

So sorry we were not in the area today for the Debbie mission.  

Merril & Wayne T
Posted by: AintThisAmerica, July 22, 2010, 6:46am; Reply: 92
My sincere condolences to Debbi Behnke's family.
Posted by: Lutz, July 24, 2010, 7:06pm; Reply: 93
To Mark and to Debbie's family:

I am so very sorry to hear of this loss. I would never pretend to know how you feel, but I do understand loss. I take note of the outpouring of shared sorrow in this thread. Remember that there can only be sorrow where there was love. Had there been no love, there would be no sorrow. I never met Debbi, and I regret that now I never could.

For what it's worth, I thank you for sharing Debbi with us for the past many months. I am thankful for that part of her life that was spent doing WWR work - possibly the most important work that many of us will ever do. Her contributions to the honor and pride we have for our troops will always be remembered by me with gratitude. How many people live much longer lives and never do anything really "important?" That question will never be asked of Debbie because her work was witnessed and shared by all here. In that sense, her life was lived heroically.

To the Illinois/Wisconsin WWRiders:

Yet another blow to strikes your ranks. When President John Kennedy said "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a citizen of Berlin) to a German crowd just after the Berlin Wall had been constructed, he meant that he stood there in solidarity and brotherhood with the free Germans in their time of trial, even as the dark shadow of the Iron Curtain descended across the continent. Now I say to you that tonight we are all members of the WWR of Illinois in spirit - the spirit of unity that comes from shared sadness and loss.
Posted by: budman54, July 25, 2010, 8:29am; Reply: 94
Quoted from Lutz
To Mark and to Debbie's family:

I am so very sorry to hear of this loss. I would never pretend to know how you feel, but I do understand loss. I take note of the outpouring of shared sorrow in this thread. Remember that there can only be sorrow where there was love. Had there been no love, there would be no sorrow. I never met Debbi, and I regret that now I never could.

For what it's worth, I thank you for sharing Debbi with us for the past many months. I am thankful for that part of her life that was spent doing WWR work - possibly the most important work that many of us will ever do. Her contributions to the honor and pride we have for our troops will always be remembered by me with gratitude. How many people live much longer lives and never do anything really "important?" That question will never be asked of Debbie because her work was witnessed and shared by all here. In that sense, her life was lived heroically.

To the Illinois/Wisconsin WWRiders:

Yet another blow to strikes your ranks. When President John Kennedy said "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a citizen of Berlin) to a German crowd just after the Berlin Wall had been constructed, he meant that he stood there in solidarity and brotherhood with the free Germans in their time of trial, even as the dark shadow of the Iron Curtain descended across the continent. Now I say to you that tonight we are all members of the WWR of Illinois in spirit - the spirit of unity that comes from shared sadness and loss.

SWF could not have said it better.  Godspeed Debi you will be missed by many!
Posted by: Lisajan, July 25, 2010, 8:01pm; Reply: 95
Thoughts and prayers... :-/
Posted by: Cavalier, July 26, 2010, 9:26pm; Reply: 96
My condolences to family & friends. Shalom

Posted by: matter, July 27, 2010, 8:56pm; Reply: 97
I often revisit these forums.  It's as if I can still hear those who are here...  I wanted to write some words of comfort.  I don't think there are any, really.  

But, when I composed the statewide email I sent while in a hotel room 800 miles away, crying, I really could not get the movie loop out of my head.  It is still there..  

Here is that email, in part.  I've seen, given and been given some "Deb style" embraces lately.


"Cherish your time with your loved ones, life is too short."   Oft cited words of wisdom by our friend Mark to me.

I simply cannot get this small video loop out of my head.

It is of Deb embracing and then pausing to look fondly at the warrior we had just welcomed home.  She then flashed a bittersweet smile as she reluctantly let him go.  With a lingering caress of his arm, she turns and walks away.

- repeat -

The look on her face was one I have seen before when she spoke of her sons.  Genuine compassion and love.  I've also seen that look on every mission.  When looking at the warrior, it was as if she were looking at her sons.

Now it is our turn to express our genuine compassion for a loved one.  And then, to turn and let her go.  Because she can no longer be here to physically embrace each of us, we must embrace each other.  But let's all do it like she did it.  Find and embrace Mark, Jacob, Billy and all her family and loved ones and return some of that love she has given.  On the next mission, embrace that warrior just a little longer in memory of how Deb did it.  Cherish your time with loved ones..

Posted by: Camera Nut, July 31, 2010, 11:26pm; Reply: 98
Deb's not riding alone.  She's riding behind Big Jon.  Until I see them again, she can keep my seat warm.

You are not alone either.  We are all here for you.  Hang in there.  Treasure the memories and hold your love ones a little tighter.
Posted by: matter, August 26, 2010, 9:04pm; Reply: 99
Hey Deb,I stumbled across an old picture of you.  Stab of pain followed by a smile..   I did not remember you having that short of hair.  That video loop is still playing in my head of you embracing that soldier.  Usually happens every morning around sunup..

Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of ya..   But you probably knew that already.  Didn't ya?

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, September 7, 2010, 8:16pm; Reply: 100
Posted by: Hilsen, September 11, 2010, 8:59am; Reply: 101
Deb, I know you are with JonD and when I think about that it makes me smile. If anyone can give it back to him, you are the one to "gotcha!"  
You both are missed so much by all, but we also can feel you both with us on every mission. I see your smile and the greatest attitude I think I have ever seen in a person.
JonD, that "twinkle" in his eyes especially when he was about to "gotcha!" someone, and when our Hero arrived.
You both will always be in my heart and for that I am blessed.

Til we all meet again... Love ya and miss ya!
Posted by: Chambo, September 16, 2010, 8:36am; Reply: 102
This pic says it...
Posted by: Hilsen, September 17, 2010, 5:55pm; Reply: 103
I know that look. It's the one just before she would break into that "wonderful smile" when she saw you. Then the hugs and chit chat. Oh yes, we do miss you Deb but thankful the dear Lord let us have you for the time He did. You will always be with us and in our hearts.

(Thanks for the pic, Keith :)
Posted by: matter, September 20, 2010, 1:14pm; Reply: 104
Re-reading and glad I work from home with nobody else around..

Great pic Keith.  Thank you for sharing.  

Video loop still playing..

Posted by: matter, October 17, 2010, 10:19pm; Reply: 105
I was reminded today of where I was exacly 3 months ago.  It was while at a happy occasion today.  This time I was surrounded by family.  Not the variety of family of blood, but the family of smiles and tears, of hugs and handshakes.  Well, there were at least 3 warriors today who got a little extended hug, as Deb would do.  I somehow think they know via that hug, without words, how much we acknowledge, appreciate, understand the service, sacrifice and loss that our fighting men and women experience.  

The video loop was playing in my head the whole time..

Miss ya girl..

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 20, 2010, 8:52pm; Reply: 106
I saw the other half the other day and you can tell he's still down.

We'll see what we can do about that.

Missing my hugs.
Posted by: matter, January 9, 2011, 3:16am; Reply: 107
Was thinking of you yesterday when I saw Y while waitin' for a mission..  I told her about Jake joining you guys and told her of my plans to drink the same Single Malt Scotch Whiskey that he did  in memory of all you's up in Region 7, but especially my bud's from Illinois.  

Posted by: fyrlieu, January 17, 2011, 8:15pm; Reply: 108
Hi Sweetie,
Over the last few days I have been wondering if your exit to heaven felt more like six years or six seconds. I still can't decide.  It feels like both at the same time.  I do know  my love for you has not waned one iota.  I miss you so bad it makes me sick to my stomach.  Our friends gave you a fantastic tribute and send-off.  They have been wonderful trying to help and reach out to me.  They have done everything possible, but Baby, this is much harder than we ever imagined.  I'm sure by now, you are an indispensable aide to JonD.  Give him one of your special hugs from all of us stuck down here.  Have you convinced him yet it is always better to do things your way?  He's probably a faster learner than me.  I can't wait to see you and hold you again.  In the meantime, help JonD with the greatest homecoming of all.  Unfortunately, we have sent several to join you in Region 7.  Ride that new red bike with your Mom riding fluff frequently.  Our 5  adult children are fine.  They speak of you often and the positive influence you had on their lives.  They are proud to have had you for their Mom.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.  You made me so very happy.  I am eternally grateful.
LCN for all eternity.
Posted by: matter, January 19, 2011, 9:46pm; Reply: 109
Cheers Deb.    Was thinkin' of you and others lately..  Can't believe it has been 6 months.

Posted by: Chambo, February 9, 2011, 9:34am; Reply: 110
Miss ya Deb.
Posted by: fyrlieu, February 16, 2011, 8:20am; Reply: 111
Happy Birthday Sweetie.  We love you and miss you.  Give JonD a special "Deb" hug from all of us.
Posted by: Hilsen, February 24, 2011, 2:04pm; Reply: 112
Hi Deb,

I stopped by to say hi, tell you how much we miss you and your smile. Now I see it was your birthday. So belated birthday wishes to you. I am sure JonD made sure it was as "Special" as you both are to us.

We miss you! Sending big (((hugs)))
Posted by: matter, May 26, 2011, 10:07pm; Reply: 113
Was thinkin' of you tonight..  And re-reading..  

Good night Deb..  See ya at sunrise..

Posted by: Camera Nut, July 14, 2011, 9:38pm; Reply: 114
Deb, it's hard to believe that it's going to be a year already.  You would be so proud of Mark and the kids.  It's always great to see them out at the missions as you would want them to be.  Honoring our heroes.  You may be gone but definately are not forgotten.  Rest in peace and ride free until we see each other again.
Posted by: matter, July 20, 2011, 11:59pm; Reply: 115
Well, I finally placed that stone I've been carrying for just under one year.  But I was given another that I will carry.  Ride safe up there..  See ya at sunup..

Posted by: fyrlieu, July 29, 2011, 5:43pm; Reply: 116
Hi Sweetie,
Was a very long ride to do an Honor Mission Today on our new Voyager.  We sent a Marine to join you, JonD, and Mike in Region 7.  He's in the same place as Joey.  A memorable place for sure.  I recalled our sorrow over Joey's loss and our race to the hospital immediately after his service.  I remembered how sick you were that day, and how you toughed it out.  That was one of many hard days, today was too.  I told Joey he should come find you, flash his smile, and collect one of your hugs.  Dead dog tired, and very, very sad.  
Can't wait to hold you again,
Posted by: matter, September 10, 2011, 1:30am; Reply: 117
Ran into a kindred soul of yours the other day..  Never met her before but boy did she remind me of you..  Talked with her standing in a parking lot for over an hour..  Her husband was a Wake Island Survivior & POW.  Wow what a story.... Added 3 more books to my reading list..

See ya..
Posted by: fyrlieu, July 16, 2012, 10:08pm; Reply: 118
Well Sweetie, it looks like you've been busy up there.  I hope by now you have greeted Ron and gave him his hug.  In a few hours, the two year anniversary of my nightmare will be realized.  We both know how ugly it was, but you completed your transfer to Region 7.  Save me a seat.  I miss you so bad it's a deep pain in what is left of my heart.  You remain my first and last concious thought every single day.  LCN for all eternity.   Good night, sweet dreams, I love you!

Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 17, 2012, 1:32pm; Reply: 119

Posted by: ERIC-AKA-E, December 29, 2012, 3:40am; Reply: 120
Hi deb I
  Wanted to say hi and let you know how you two boys billy and jake are doing... billy is in the army stationed in colardo he's been home from his tour of duty for a while, he's happy he bought his own car and met a nice girl. Jacob graduated from his army basic training and cbrn training my mom dad and paul went to pick him up in Missouri he was so happy to be home.  Ur sister is doing OK and ur nephewes r getting through...ur entire family will be over this weekend, and I'm sure we will talk about u we always seem to bring u mom still really misses you a lot, the other day me jacob and my mom were at pita in like we always did back in the day, they remodled the place btw...anyways I'm gonna go just thought I'd give you an update on how things are going....
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 4, 2013, 8:49am; Reply: 121
Still miss ya Girl.
Posted by: Hilsen, March 14, 2013, 6:18pm; Reply: 122
Hi Deb...  Just wanted to drop in and say hi. You have not been forgotten, girl, and never will be. Who could ever forget that wonderful smile and welcoming hug.... Not me :-)

Miss ya, and Love ya!
Posted by: Chambo, May 1, 2013, 7:40am; Reply: 123
Thinking of you Deb.
Posted by: Camera Nut, July 5, 2013, 7:14pm; Reply: 124
Miss ya Deb. Xoxo
Posted by: matter, July 17, 2013, 7:45am; Reply: 125
Thinkin' of you especially yesterday and today....
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, July 24, 2013, 8:34pm; Reply: 126
Posted by: Hilsen, August 29, 2013, 8:53am; Reply: 127
There are times when we see a certain setting of the sun or see a certain place and it reminds me of missions we were one together. Today was one of those mornings and I knew I had to stop by and say "Hi and we miss ya." You must be keeping those boys in line girl, cuz I haven't heard much rumblin' lately.  ;)

Miss ya...
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, October 27, 2013, 7:15pm; Reply: 128
Posted by: Chambo, December 19, 2013, 7:44am; Reply: 129
Thinking of you.
Posted by: Hilsen, December 24, 2013, 9:09pm; Reply: 130
Merry Christmas, Deb. Hope you're keeping the guys in line, ah I know you are. :-)

Miss ya and Love ya!
Posted by: GO ARMY Robert Smith, March 26, 2014, 7:39pm; Reply: 131
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