James Edward Behof

Born on April 27, 1955

Departed on December 5, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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James Edward Behof

Born April 27,1955 in Evanston, Illinois to Jacob and Lucille Behof (nee Gierman) raised in Chicago Illinois (Shauganash) attended Queen of All Saints and Gordon Technical High School in Chicago, IL. Enlisted into the United States Air Force May 1974 and was stationed in Indiana and Zaragoza, Spain, Sergeant James E Behof, fondly known as Big B and Sarg. Jim was an electrician by trade for Local 134 Cook County (Chicago) and 150 Lake County, IL.  Jim moved to Nashville in 2015, loved his farm, was a dedicated individual who loved nature and was passionate about his chickens and dog Blu.

Survived by his wife of 37 years Judy (nee Wolf) dedicated, loving and always first were his children, sons William (Heather) and the late Judy, Robert and daughter Kristen and awesome Gampy to Talon, Dakota, Austin and Catalina Behof. Brothers, Thomas (Lynn)(Elk Grove Village, IL) and Robert (Catherine) (Cary,IL). Sisters, Nancy (the late Pat) Gallagher (Brown Deer, WI), Diane (Ray) Burger (Fox Lake, IL) , Susan (Jim) Olsen (Lake Zurich, IL), Maryann(Rick) Sofinski (Mount Prospect, IL). Nieces and nephews, Tom (Ali) Gallagher, Liz and Dan Behof, Maryann (Dan) Hightower, Mike and Dave Olsen, Jacob and Stephanie Sofinski, Heather Behof as well as his buddy and partner in crime nephew Andrew Behof. He was great- Uncle to Patrick Gallagher. He was preceded by parents Jacob and Lucille Behof (nee Gierman ).

Jim was the John Wayne of Boy Scout Troop 237/964 in Lake Zurich, Illinois. He was a Cub Scout leader as well as Boy Scout leader (at the same time). He led multiple trips to Boundary Waters Canoe Area/Quetico Provincial Park in Ely, MN and Ontario Canada respectively. Two of his favorite places to visit were Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA and Yellowstone National Park in Cody, WY. He loved his service in the Air Force and was an active member of American Legion Post 964 in Lake Zurich, IL.

He was an even keeled man who always was a source of encouragement, pride, guidance and praise. He was a favorite with the grandkids as he always took the time to listen and play with them. He touched the lives of everyone he met. Loved spur of the moment trips, bowling, and music was a very big portion of him. His bright smile and enormous heart will be forever missed.

Celebration of Jim’s life will be December 16 2017. Visitation from 2-3pm and Service from 3-4pm at

Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy 4479 Jackson Road Whites Creek, TN 37189

10 Comments to James Edward Behof

  1. Annette Matts
    December 9, 2017 3:58 pm

    RIP Consin you will be missed

  2. Debbie (Ford) and Royce Potter
    December 9, 2017 8:15 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Judy, Bill, Bob, and Kristin.
    I will always have fond memories of our scouting days and the great stories you came back with from your scouting adventures.
    I will never forget how you (Jim) and Steve guided our two Bills’ through their Eagle Scout adventure and the joint ceremony.
    Rest In Peace dear Jim. You have left us with wonderful memories.

  3. Debbie (Ford) and Royce Potter
    December 9, 2017 8:20 pm

    I wish we could be there. Please know our thoughts are with you

  4. Stephen Ford
    December 10, 2017 7:15 am

    We touched many young boys lives together at a most important time in their lives. I know we made a difference, and we had a little fun together in the process. I am proud to have known you and to have shared with you. Your memories will live on, rest in peace my good friend. You will be missed.

    December 11, 2017 12:43 pm

    You have my deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of your husband.

  6. Paula Craig
    December 11, 2017 2:28 pm

    You are such a beautiful, sweet and caring woman and I am so honored to know and work with you.
    I and all my church family at the Kingston Springs church of Christ have you and your family in our prayers.
    God bless.

  7. Joane Siltman
    December 11, 2017 4:22 pm

    Judy, My deepest sympathies for you and your family. My prayers & thoughts are with you.

  8. Sheila Flatt
    December 12, 2017 12:08 pm

    Judy, You are and will continue to be in my prayers throughout this difficult time. A dear friend texted me this morning to let me know that she and her Bible Study group are lifting you and your family in prayer this morning as they meet. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this time of great loss.

  9. TD
    December 15, 2017 6:29 am

    Our family expresses our deepest condolences for your family loss. There is hope in which you will see your love one again. John 5;28,29 reads “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.” “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? . . . You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.” (Job 14:14, 15)

  10. Phyllis (Gierman) Corrado
    December 15, 2017 11:33 am

    God be with Jim and his family.

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