Stephen Edward Behringer, more commonly known as Behr, who lived a distinguished life marked by service, a commitment to others, and a love of his family, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2023. He leaves behind a legacy of achievements and a profound impact on those who were fortunate to know him.
Born on June 29,1950 to Norman and Hope (Smith) Behringer in Lafayette, Indiana, Behr grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from Saguaro High School in 1968. He continued his education at the United States Naval Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering in 1972. He was selected for pilot training and earned his Wings of Gold in 1974, embarking on a career as an aviator in service to his country. Throughout his distinguished naval career, Behr served as a Commander and Instructor
in numerous aircraft, including the E-1B Tracer, referred to by those who flew it as the Willy Fudd, E-2C Hawkeye, T-44 Pegasus, and C-2 Greyhound. His dedication to duty, exceptional skills, and love of flying earned him the respect and admiration of his shipmates. In 1993, after over two decades of service, Behr retired from the Navy and also graduated with his Master of Business Administration. In his next career as a commercial airline pilot, he worked for Northwest Airlink, Reno Air, and American Airlines, where he retired after burning holes in the sky in the MD-80 in 2011. Behr’s service extended beyond his professional endeavors. He was a devoted volunteer, dedicating his time to Poway Kiwanis Club, Builders Club at Twin Peaks Middle School and Adult Education Auto Shop at Poway High School. He was a member of the Lake Anna Bohemians Club and Poway Beer Club. Family was most important to him. He is survived by Maren (Pfutzenreuter), his partner and wife of 46 years, his daughters Corinne Wells and Virginia Kruggel, son-in-law Matt Kruggel, four grandchildren (Jack Wells, Hank Wells, Behr Kruggel and Ruby Kruggel), three siblings (Nancy, Ken and Jim), and many friends that he considered family. A memorial service will be held at Poway Bernardo Mortuary on January 13, 2024 at 11am, followed by a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Poway Kiwanis Club or Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego.
His quick wit and quirky sense of humor were ever present. To him every day was a new adventure. His adventurous spirit, generous heart, and love of his family will be remembered as his enduring legacy. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the love of the countless lives he touched.