P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Byron Douglas Porisch
Byron Douglas Porisch, 63, passed from this earth to eternal life, joining his God and Savior on Sunday morning, Nov. 17, 2013, from his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan with his family at his side. He was born on Feb. 12, 1950, in Mt. Lake, the second son to Richard and Marie (Allen) Porisch. Byron grew up on a farm, outside of Mt. Lake. He graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1968. After high school he joined the Navy and served four years during the Vietnam War on the U.S.S. Mahan (DLG 11). He was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of EM2.
He received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star. Byron attended Concordia College, St. Paul, graduating in 1977 with a Bachelors of Arts as a Director of Christian Education.
He spent the rest of his life serving his Lord as a DCE and Youth Minister. He began his ministry in Rochester with a three month internship at Trinity and then an extended six-month internship at Grace Lutheran Church.
He and his wife, Michell, then moved to Palm Springs, Calif., where he served three years with Our Savior Lutheran.
He then accepted a call to St. John’s Lutheran, Orange, Calif., serving faithfully for 10 years. When he was called by Faith Lutheran, he moved his family to Michigan where he served 10 years. His last call was to St. Luke’s, Ann Arbor, Mich., where he has ministered to the youth and congregation for 13 years.
Byron spent his life as an instrument of God, helping young and old alike in their walk with Him and their service to others. He lived his faith daily, through countless mission trips, youth gatherings, service projects, Bible studies, and worship services.
Byron married his best friend and soul mate, Michell, on Aug. 23, 1975, in Windom. They were happily married for 38 years.
His passion was serving his God and Father, loving his family and friends, sharing his faith and supporting others in discovering theirs.
He loved a good story, riding his Harley, almost anything having to do with technology, and taking on (although maybe not finishing) remodeling projects that would come his way.
Byron was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Marie (Allen) Porisch; his brother, Richard Porisch, Jr.; and his nephew, Matthew Porisch. Byron is survived by his spouse, Michell of Ypsilanti, Mich.; daughter, Sarah (Jason) Crowder of St. Charles, Mo.; daughter, Christi (Jeremy) Gerloff of Warrenton, Mo.; daughter, Susie (Alex) Gay of Ypsilanti, Mich.; brother David (Dee) Porisch of Anoka; sister, Pat (Joe) Deklotz of Delafield, Wis.; sister, Pam Porisch of Duluth; and brother, Dan (Karen) Porisch of Dodge Center; grandchildren: Katie Crowder, Brendan Crowder and Wyatt Gerloff; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4205 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, at 10 a.m., Nov. 23, 2013.
Visitation was also held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, from 4-8 p.m., Nov. 22, 2013.
Burial will occur at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 88954 600th Ave., in Alpha, Minn., at 2 p.m., Dec. 7, 2013.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church Youth Scholarship Mission Fund.
Condolences may be left on online guest book at facebook.com/WeLoveByron and at www.niefuneralhomes.
Joshua Vaughn Behrends, 22, of Windom, died Nov. 28, 2013, at his home in rural Windom. Funeral services were Monday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Nathan Janzen officiating.
Casket bearers were Jared Behrends, Zach Knutson, Shane Marcy, Clint Marcy, Levi McKercher, Cody Zimmer and Megan Behrends. Honorary bearers were Adam Lindley, Cole Behrends, Courtney Behrends, Chad Lindley, Cory Lindley, Tiffanie Kolander, Cayla Buentemeier, Cassie Mergen, Brittany Park, Bodie Behrends and Joy Marcy.
Interment was at Mt. Lake Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Joshua Vaughn Behrends was born Aug. 9, 1991, to Robert and Debra (McKercher) Behrends in Sioux Falls. he was baptized in Dell Rapids, S.D., and lived with his family in Dell Rapids until 1996 when they moved to Windom. He received his education from Windom Public Schools, graduating in 2010. Josh attended Minnesota West in Worthington for generals and pre-nursing.
After receiving his Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license at age 16, Josh worked for many years as a CNA at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom and Colonial Manor in Lakefield.
Most recently, Josh was employed as a seed organizer at Pioneer Seed in Jackson. He also had begun joining the family business, Behrends Trucking.
He will be remembered as driven like his dad and kindhearted
like his mom. He was a good listener, enjoyed working out, hunting, boxing, motorcycling and, most of all, beatboxing.
Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents: Dennis and Rachel Behrends, Lowell and Edna McKercher; and cousins, Travis Behrends and Marcus Behrends.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Debra Behrends of Windom; a brother, Jared Behrends of Windom; a sister, Megan Behrends of Windom; and a nephew, Tyson Behrends of Windom.
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