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Former Network General Manager and Publisher passes away

Former Material Handling Network General Manager and Publisher, Robert “Bob” H. Behrens, 71, of Morton, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 following a courageous battle with lung cancer. He passed away at Bro-Menn Hospital in Bloomington/Normal IL with family surrounding him. He served in this position from February 2000 to June 2010 when he retired.

Celebration of his life will be held at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, IL on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm with a funeral service immediately following from 2:00 -2:45pm. Burial will be at City Cemetery in Freeport following the service. Online condolences may be made at

Bob was born on June 4, 1948 in Platteville, WI, the son of Edward and Helen (Masbruch) Behrens. He graduated from Platteville High School in 1966. He married Nancy Martens on December 16, 1967 at Peace Lutheran Church in Platteville. He served admirably in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969 with service in Korea. Bob worked in retail sales and management from 1969 until 1980 living in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Kentucky. He and Nancy decided in 1980 to move back “home” to Platteville with their three boys. Bob then began a successful career with Woodward Communications taking management positions in Platteville, Freeport, and eventually East Peoria, IL until his retirement in 2010.


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