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John Behan

April 15, 1947 — August 13, 2023


John Edward Behan was called home on August 13th after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, August 18, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1004 E Highland Acres Rd, Bismarck. The service will be livestreamed on the church website at

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Myrtice, two sons, Michael Behan, Shawn Behan, Daughter-in-law Celia Behan, a Granddaughter, Chloe Behan, and an older brother, Larry Behan. He was preceded in death by his father Vincent, mother Gwen, and sister JoAnne.

John was born on April 15th, 1947 in Minot N.D. He married Myrtice, the love of his life, on July 8th, 1966. He started out working as a painter in Minot, then took a job at Boeing in Seattle. He moved back to North Dakota and worked at Lockheed in Minot. He, Myrtice, and now two boys, settled in Surrey North Dakota. While there, John helped start Hope Lutheran Church.

He moved his family to Minot once Lockheed shut down, and began his career in the food industry. That career culminated with moving his family to Bismarck and purchasing the Village Inn Pizzeria in Bismarck North Dakota. He would spend the rest of his life in Bismarck. He and Myrtice joined the Church of the Cross, and John would spend 8 years as the President of church counsel.

After he sold the restaurant he retired, for a few weeks. Then he entered the Auto Sales Industry. He sold Honda’s, Cadillacs, and he wrapped up his career spending 25 years selling GMC vehicles in the Bismarck/Mandan area. 

He spent the last 12 years of his life battling Parkinsons Disease, but you’d be hard pressed to find moments of self-pity about it. He was happy to be with Myrtice and watching his Granddaughter grow up to be the young woman she has become.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Church of the Cross, or their favored charity.

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