Wednesday, May 30, 2018

In memoriam: Elmer Behnke

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.

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