Bruce M. Behrens

Bruce Michael Behrens, 67, of Romney, passed away suddenly on March 22, 2017 at his residence.  

Born on August 15, 1949 in the City of New York, he was the son of the late Maurice Francis and Audrey McLeod Behrens.

He 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.

He is survived by his mother, Audrey McLeod Behrens of Lancaster, Pa.; his loving wife of 29 years, Ann Marie Dotzel Behrens; 2 sons, Lucas Alan Behrens and girlfriend Rachel Forlifer of Hagerstown, Md. and Jason Christopher Behrens of Knoxville, Tenn.; 1 daughter, Jaya Nonthakan and husband John of York, Pa.; 1 brother, Grant Behrens and wife Kathy of Lancaster, Pa.; 1 sister, Laura Kelley and husband Larry of Roswell, Ga.; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews who adored him.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Romney with Fr. Paul Mundumoozhikara officiating. Following the mass, a memorial visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home at 304-822-3511.

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