Bruce Michael Behrens

August 15, 1949 - March 22, 2017

Bruce Michael Behrens, 67, of Romney, WV passed away suddenly March 22nd at his residence.  Born August 15th, 1949 in the City of New York, he was the son of the late Maurice Francis and Audrey (McLeod) Behrens.

Bruce is survived by his mother, Audrey (McLeod) Behrens of Lancaster, PA.  His loving wife of 29 years, Ann Marie (Dotzel) Behrens.  Two sons; Lucas Alan Behrens and girlfriend Rachel Forlifer of Hagerstown, MD and Jason Christopher Behrens of Knoxville, TN.  One daughter, Jaya Nonthakan and husband John of York, PA.  One brother, Grant Behrens and wife Kathy of Lancaster, PA.  One sister, Laura Kelley and husband Larry of Roswell, GA.  Bruce is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews who adored him.

Bruce grew up in New York City and attended Stoneybrook College.  He became a cab driver in Manhattan then hitchhiked across the United States to find himself.  He eventually found his love for carpentry when he built his first house without any power tools.  Later, he became an expert carpenter and built a successful historic renovation business in Middleburg, VA.  Bruce settled in West Virginia where he met the love of his life, Ann.  Not only were they husband and wife, but also best friends.  He was a devoted father, involved in Boy Scouts, and taught Sunday School.  He shared a love of books with his sons that will continue on.  Bruce loved to garden, sculpt, and make people laugh.  He will be most remembered for his big heart and quick wit.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Romney with Fr. Paul Mundumoozhikara officiating.  Following the mass, a memorial visitation will be held at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM.

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, (304) 822-3511.

Jamie Kidwell March 24, 2017

19 condolences for “Bruce Michael Behrens”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Bruce. Although I haven’t seen him in years, but certainly have so many fond memories of him. He was such a caring person. I’m sure he will be missed by everyone who had the fortune of crossing his path in life. We sure had a lot of laughs together. He was so kind.

  2. Ann & Boys –

    I only just read of Bruce’s passing. In the years we worked together – his greatest joy was always the three of you. You have my deep sympathy for your loss.

  3. Lucas & family,
    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. I wish I had better words to comfort, but please know that you are in our hearts and minds.
    Wishing for you peace.

  4. Ann. So sorry to hear about Bruce. I just found out. I’ll miss him pulling into Cardinal Ridge and joking about me mowing ALL the time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything I’m only a few yards away. May you find comfort in knowing that he’s in the arms of the Lord.

  5. Mrs Behrens: we are so saddened by the loss of Bruce. This has been such a tragic loss for all of us who knew him, you and Lucas and Jason . Our hearts bleed for you and our Godchildren. Please know that we are there for you all at anytime of the day or night. He was a quiet, steady calm leader for our troop committee and I always knew his wisdom was something I could always trust and count on. Bruce will be missed but God has gained a new master carpenter to help him make heaven even more beautiful. We love you all!

  6. Behrens Family, My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Bruce worked on my home in Upperville two years ago. He was kind, dependable, honest and very busy. He understood how I loved my home and treated it like it was his own. Enjoyed reading his obituary and seeing that he was a strong Christian. I did not know that, however, thinking about it I realized that Bruce’s eyes truly reflected HIS light and his humor touched the heart. I knew Bruce was a devoted husband and father as he spoke of his family frequently and with much pride. He will truly be missed. I hope that his memories and goodness will provide some comfort to all of you during this most difficult time. I also hope that the knowledge that Bruce is with our Creator gives you peace. Blessings, Sandy Bushue

  7. We are very sorry for your loss and are so saddened and shocked to hear of his passing! We were blessed by Bruce (and his able assistants Donnie and Donnie Jr.) in our home for the past three years. Together, they completed beautiful carpentry work that will last for many generations. We admired his skill, his knowledge, his gentle manner and his kind and heart felt smile. He was a true craftsman and had a gift to articulate what needed to be done and how he would proceed. We will miss the twinkle in his eye and will always have such fond memories.
    Our love and prayers to you all!

  8. Ann,
    I am saddened to learn of your great loss. Working with you, knowing your boys, I feel as if I also knew Bruce. He had a great reputation as an excellent carpenter. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your sons.

  9. So sorry. I met Bruce at dr life’s were
    He made magic with his carpentry . Latter we were fellow classmates in
    Our conversion to the church. Ann,
    He said he never felt more alive
    Than when he was with you. The
    Days before Ann were just sleep
    Walking. I know he went ahead to
    Get a special cabin ready.

  10. Dear Jaya,

    You are so strong at this time. Just like you were for me when I lost my father. I’ll be there every step I’d the way. I love you and your family. I’m praying for strength and healing for your family.

    Love you.

  11. Dear Ann,

    Please accept our condolences.
    We had the good fortune to get to know Bruce through his business – he was an honest, kind, and talented man. The world was a better place because of him. We will miss him.

    With sympathy,
    Mandana Parsazad & Doug Beecher

  12. The family of Mr. Behrens have great reason to rejoice. They have known a wonderful man and had the benefit of his wit, kindness and wisdom for years. He has affected many others during a lifetime of faith and service. Peace!

  13. It is a wonderful thing – a mark of a very successful life, spiritually – when the comments made about the deceased are all positive, complimentary, and take note of the goodness of the person. To the family of Mr. Behrens: you have much to rejoice in, having known him and benefited from his humor, wisdom and goodness. Peace!

  14. Annie,
    A bright light has been extinguished if only for a while. Bruce’s smile and devilish sense of humor was a joy to all who were lucky enough to spend time in his orbit. The entire Behren’s family has our deepest sympathy.

  15. Dear Ann, Lucas, and Jason,
    I was saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing. You are in my prayers. I know that God will embrace you with His comfort and strength during this difficult time and in the days to come. I wish I could be at the service Saturday to give you a hug and tell you that you are loved. I’ll be thinking of you. You have my deepest sympathy. ❤

  16. Dear Ann…there are no words that can adequately express the deep sympathy we feel for you and yours at this sad time. May God bless you and keep you, wrap His loving arms around you, and encourage and support you in the difficult days ahead. With much love and prayers…

  17. Ann, Lucas, and Jason, our hearts go out to you. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Jamie Fox and family

  18. Ann and Boys….. We were so sorry to hear of Bruce’s sudden passing. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy!

    Michael Coleman and Family

  19. Ann…I am so sorry to hear this. You have my deepest sympathy. Thinking of you and will be keeping you and your family in my prayers❣


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