RAYMOND — Jerry Leigh Behnke, beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and friend, died March 2, from Idiopathic Interstitial Lung Fibrosis, with his family by his side, while waiting for a lung transplant. Jerry was 66.

He was born in Durand, Wis., to Harold and lone Behnke. He married Janet Holland Findlen on Oct. 7, 2005. They moved to Raymond in 2012.

Jerry had a wide variety of interests and experiences in his life. He was a Vietnam veteran and proudly served aboard the USS Forrestal and later served as a SERE instructor for the U.S. Navy. Jerry retired as first sergeant from the Army National Guard in 2002, after serving a total of 26 years in military service.

He had a lifelong interest in coins and owned Compass Coins in Brunswick and Lewiston for several years. He also had a lifelong interest in rocks and minerals, was the past president of the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society of Portland and along with his wife, owned J.B. Stone, a rock and mineral business.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Alissa Behnke of Topsham; son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Coreena Behnke of Raymond; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Freedom and Lawrence Grim of Hot Springs, Ark.; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Donald Rosenbrook of Platteville, Wis.; sister-in-law, Mary Behnke of Newhall, Calif.; two grandsons; two granddaughters; four nieces; two nephews; four grandnephews; and three grandnieces.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Gary.

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