Richard “Dick” Behm, Canova, SD


Richard “Dick” Behm, 69, died on Friday October 1, 2021 at the Sanford USD Medical Center.

Dick’s funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Canova, SD, with a funeral and lunch to follow. Visits will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with sharing time starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday October 8, 2021, at Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD.

Richard “Dick” Behm was born August 10, 1952 to Gilbert and Elfrieda (Jech) Behm of Canova, SD and grew up on a farm near Canova with his older brother, Jim and his two sisters, Marla and Glenda. Dick graduated from Canova Public School in 1970 and South Dakota State University at Brookings with a BS in Animal Science in 1974. Dick was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Canova.

Dick has had a long career in agricultural sales and marketing in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. He started as a County Extension Officer in Hanson and Davison Counties, then held various sales positions for Ralston Purina, Land ‘O Lakes, John Morrell and Co, Advertising Sales with the Leaf Green and Citizen-Tribune and opened a campaign store in Maple Lake. , MN which he led for over 12 years. During this time he has been active in several organizations, Minnesota County Extension Committee, Wright Co Friend of 4-H, Lions, Elks, Kiwanis, Toastmaster, Chamber Camp Courage Fundraiser, volunteering for 15 years for the Minnesota State Fair (beef) , judged the county’s goat and cattle shows, and was the first secretary in the establishment of ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission in South Dakota.

Dick has been active in several livestock and community organizations and has helped organize the County Pork Producers, Boosters Club and started the Minnesota Meat Goat Association.

Dick was named SDSU Outstanding Fraternity Alumnus-Alpha Gamma Rho. He was the best territory manager in the United States for Purina and won several sales awards with Land O ‘Lakes. He was also AG specialist for USAID and carried out projects in Moscow and Siberia (1993 and 1997).

Dick loved people and loved to help others. He appreciated his family and friends and liked to make others laugh. He has played the role of Santa Claus for over 40 years in different communities and has organized 19 Behm Pork Chop Opens over the years and donated the money to various charities.

To meet him was to know him. To know him was to love him. Dick left a little piece of himself in every person he touched. We’re better people to have known it and the world is a much better place because it was.

Dick is survived by his sister, Glenda (Tom) Gassman, Canova, SD; nephews, Nathan (Julie) Gassman, St. Peter, MN and their children Noah, Sky and Isla; Gabriel (Bethany) Gassman, Livingston, MT, and their children Aida and Bodey; Emily (Daniel) Kiely, Frisco, Texas, and their children, Sydney, Huck, Madeline and Wyatt.

Dick was predeceased by his parents, Gilbert and Elfrieda and two siblings; Jim and Marla.

The family kindly ask you to wear a mask during Dick’s funeral and visitation in order to protect everyone.

Instead of flowers, please direct memorials to your local youth group, like 4-H, Boy Scouts, FFA, etc.

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