Julie Anne Behn, 66, of Fort Dodge passed away in her home on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, after a courageous five-year fight with cancer.
Before her death, she spent several good weeks surrounded by her family and friends doing what she loved: playing cards, laughing, looking at Christmas lights, eating crab legs and scalloped potatoes, having a bonfire on Christmas evening, rearranging her house just right, playing with her grandkids, enjoying lunch dates, going to church, riding through Dolliver Park, and so much more.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Rides Bar and Grill.
Julie was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She graduated from Carroll High School in 1971 and later attained her associate’s degree from NEC. She played every sport imaginable in her youth, was an avid bowler, and loved the outdoors throughout her life. Some of her favorite things were dominating in Foosball, spending weekends at the lake, working in the garden, her property next to Camp Wanoki, the New Orleans Saints, Willie Nelson, Alabama (especially Randy Owen) and most of all, her grandkids. In 2018, she retired after 20 years with Citizens Community Credit Union, where many coworkers and members became great friends. If you knew Julie, you knew that some of her favorite times were spent taking care of the grounds at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.
Julie is survived by her daughters, Tania (Gerrad) Elliott and Dani (Kevin) Templeton; grandchildren Kenyon and Cooper Garrett, Aryan Keck, and Emerson and Easton Elliott; sister Shelli (Mark) Groat; brother-in-law Scott Burgess; sister-in-law Donna Behn; cousin Deanne Weldon; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bus and Bets Behn; brother Roger Behn; sister Chris Burgess; and cousin Rick Weldon.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.