Elmer Behnke, who played for the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks in the 1951-52 season, has died at the age of 89.
Elmer Herman Behnke, age 89, passed away on May 25, 2018. He was born in
Elgin, Illinois, the son of the late Elmer Edward Behnke and Erna Meyer
Behnke. Preceding him in death was Elmer's loving wife of forty-three
years, Mildred (Millie) Golden Behnke. He is survived by his daughter
Peggy Behnke Little and son-in-law James Little of Hoover, AL. He also
leaves behind two dearly loved grandchildren: Ginger Little Hodges of
Hoover, AL, and Mark Little of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Elmer
delighted in his six great grandchildren: Weston, Whitney, Landon, and
Miller Hodges, all of Hoover, AL, and Evie and Samuel Little of Santa
Rosa Beach, Florida. Being 6'7" was an attribute that propelled his
basketball career. Elmer was inducted into the Hall of Fame for both
Marengo High School Hall and Bradley University that also led to being
drafted into the NBA. After a year of living out of suitcases, Elmer
left professional sports to pursue a business career as a trusted
employee for Thompson Tractor Company for 34 years. Retirement held
sweet memories of the years with Millie and Elmer's favorite hobby of
playing golf alongside his long-time golfing buddies. Elmer stood tall
in both his stature and in his faith. As a dedicated servant of his Lord
Jesus Christ, he became one of the founding members of the Lutheran
Church of Vestavia Hills, where he remained a lifelong committed member.
He lived his religion, demonstrating his love fully and
unconditionally. Elmer Herman Behnke's life is a celebration and a
lesson in faith to us all.