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E. Lloyd Behr

March 16, 1927 ~ October 9, 2018 (age 91)

Dr. Edward Lloyd Behr, age 91 of Kathleen Dr., Jefferson, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.  He was born on March 16, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Albert & Ethel (Johnson) Behr.

He served as a corporal in the United States Army in Air Transport Command during the end of World War II.   Feeling called to be a teacher, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Olivet Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Education from Wayne State University. For the next 50 years he was a passionate teacher, principal, professor and superintendent.  While he was working as an educator, he also served the Church of the Nazarene as a minister of music. He was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church, the American Legion and Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. 

To say he enjoyed fishing and hunting would be an understatement.  He would often skip school as a young man to go fishing.  Jefferson’s proximity to Lake Erie (and its Perch) was a big reason why he decided to retire there.  But more than the fish mounted on the wall in his basement, he loved God, his wife, and his family.    He credits Jesus Christ for drastically changing his life as a young man and believed his wife was an answer to his prayers.  Never ashamed of his faith, he often prayed for anyone he met and freely gave “Behr Hugs.”

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Jean L. Behr of Jefferson; children, Carolyn (Linc) Jerome of Jefferson, Daniel E. (Coralee) Behr of Howard, OH; siblings, Douglas Behr, James “Jim” McCormick, Joyce Warner; 5 grandchildren, Aaron Behr of Vicksburg, MI, Andrew (Lydia) Behr of East Liverpool, OH, Adam (Danae’) Behr of Uniontown, OH, Grace and Zane Jerome both of Jefferson; great-grandchildren, Lilliana, Autumn, Willow, Oliver and Gabriella Behr.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a grand-daughter, Carmen Jerome.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:00 P. M. at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson with Pastor Douglas Winner officiating.

Visitation will take place from 11:00-12:00 P. M. at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers  contributions can be made to the chancel choir of the United Methodist Church,  at the above address, envelopes will be available at the church.

The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory are honored to serve the E. Lloyd Behr family. Obituary, guestbook and condolence expressions  can be found at


Donations may be made to:

Jefferson United Methodist Church/ Chancel Choir
125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson OH 44047

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