James John ‘Buzzy’ Behe

April 26, 1947 – Aug. 22, 2018


James John “Buzzy” Behe, 71, Lilly, passed away peacefully Wednesday at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Lilly, son of James M. and Caroline (Leja) Behe.

Surviving are his mother, Caroline Behe; his devoted wife of 52 years, Linda (Glenn) Behe; his four girls: Tammy China and husband, Richard, Tina Digruilles, Tara Fabbri and husband, Guido, and Trisha Behe; he was the beloved “Pappy” to seven grandchildren: Nick, Matthew, Mack, Payton, Ella, Maddi and Gino; two sisters: Barbara (Robert) Ruffley and Sally Wilcox Santon; a brother, John F. Behe; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and Ruby, his loyal dog.

He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Behe.

James enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, where he proudly served his country. He served as a member of the Military Police while in Vietnam and achieved the rank of staff sergeant, which led to his future career in law enforcement. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969. He graduated from Mount Aloysius College with an associate degree in science. He was a Pennsylvania State Trooper for 25 years with Troop G in Hollidaysburg, where he also held the position of State Police Fire Marshal for many years. Upon retirement, he was an inde­pendent fire investigator.

He was the former president of the Lilly War Memorial Association and spent many years coaching baseball at both the Pony League and Little League levels. He was a member of the American Legion of Lilly, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, lifetime member of the Historical Society and a former volunteer at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church.

James was a devoted family man who enjoyed the simple things in life: camping at the Juniata River, gambling at Rocky Gap, watching his grandchildren play sports, annual beach trips, holidays with his family and relaxing on the porch with his dog. But he wouldn’t have enjoyed any of it without his loving wife by his side. He will be dearly missed.

Friends received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, Lilly, the Rev. Monsignor John R. Sasway celebrant. Committal will be in St. Brigid Cemetery, Lilly, with military rites by the Lilly Veterans Organization. Arrangements are by Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, Portage.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lilly-Washington War Memorial Association, care of Joe Gides, 514 Willow St., Lilly, PA 15938.