STILLMAN VALLEY, Ill. Deryle J. Behmer, 79, died Monday (Oct. 20, 2008) at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born Aug. 21, 1929 in Norfolk, Nebr., and was the son to Herbert and Zella (Gustman) Behmer. He attended Carthage College. Married Carolyn Heitz on Aug. 19, 1950 in Freeport. Deryle farmed in the Stillman Valley area for approximately 60 years. He never fully retired from his love of the farm, even at age 79. He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley and formerly served as deacon. He was also a member of the Ogle Co. Farm Bureau, served as president of the Livestock Feeders Association, served on the Stillman Valley School Board including secretary of the board, and was the current president of the Stillman Valley Cemetery Association. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Deryle had a passion for watching his children and especially his grandchildren participating in their high school sports. He was known by many to always have a good sense of humor. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Janice Hurd; and his daughter, Connie Bolin. Survived by his wife, Carolyn of Stillman Valley; daughter Cindy (Dr. Peter) Gale of Kingsport; three sons, Rick Behmer of Stillman Valley, Randy Behmer of Chana, and Robert Behmer of Stillman Valley; 14 grandchildren, Valerie, Allie and Mack Gale, Hayli Davis, Karli Smith, Toby and Rusty Behmer, Katie Linnemann, Ritchie Behmer, Cody, Nicole, and Robin Behmer, Nick and Chelsea Bolin; three great-grandchildren, Alexander, Jaron, and Hope. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Stillman Valley. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 at the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley with the Rev. Chris Brauns pastor officiating. Burial was in the Stillman Valley Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Congregational Christian Church, the Ogle County Hospice Association, the Stillman Valley Cemetery Association, and the Stillman Valley Fire Dept., with whom the family would like to extend their gratitude for all they did for Deryle.