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Edward Behrens

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Edward Gentry Behrens, 85, of New London, passed away April 29, 2013 at University Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 4 at Smith Funeral Home and Chapel, with Pastor Tom Day officiated. Burial was in the Barkley Cemetery in New London.

Mr. Behrens was born Dec. 10, 1927 in St. Louis to Raymond R. and Antoinette Gentry Behrens. He married Margaret Adelle Fry Behrens on March 26, 1955, in Louisiana. She preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2008.

Survivors include two children, James Raymond Behrens and wife, Julia Cornell Behrens, of Hannibal, and Martha Antoinette (Anne) Behrens Vieira and husband, John Michael Vieira, of Louisiana; four grandchildren, James Cornell Behrens, Katherine Elizabeth Behrens, Carter Behrens Vieira and Isabella Rose Vieira.

Preceding in death were his parents and sibling, William Benjamin Gladney.

Ed grew up in St. Louis and moved to Louisiana with his parents. He graduated from Louisiana High School in 1945, attended Westminster College in Fulton and graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with his B.S. in business in 1950. At the university he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

After graduation Ed became the owner of a Ford Motor Automobile Dealership in Louisiana. In 1958 he and his father purchased Ralls County State Bank, now RCS Bank.

From 1958-1962 he was a cashier/director at the bank. From 1963-1968 he was executive vice president/director and from 1969-1989 he was president/director. From 1990 until his death he was chairman and CEO of RCS Bank.

In addition to his banking career Ed was formerly treasurer of Hannibal Regional  Hospital Foundation, served as vice president of the Mark Twain Lake and Clarence Cannon Dam Association from 1963-1984.

He served as charter president in 1965 of the New London Lions Club. While at Westminster College he was present for Winston Churchill’s now famous “Iron Curtain” speech. He served with the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood during the Korean Conflict.

Edward became a Master Mason in Perseverance Lodge, No. 92 A.F&A.M. at Louisiana. Later he joined Ralls Masonic Lodge No. 33. A.F.&A.M., became a 32nd-Degree Mason, and was a member of NEMO Shrine Club and The Moolah Temple.

Memorials may be made to New London First Christian Church, New London First Baptist Church, Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation or New London Lions Club in care of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.

Pallbearers will be John W. Briscoe, Robert M Clayton II,  Steven Misner, Louis McClelland, Kenneth Greger, John M. Vieira, James C. Behrens and William Gladney.

Honorary pallbearers were past and present employees of RCS Bank.