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Friends remember Rush Twp. man killed Saturday

A Rush Township man was killed Saturday in a tree-cutting incident.

Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan III said Steve Behun was working with a chain saw and the tree split and hit him. He said it was a “freak accident.”

Steve’s wife Liz Pinkey posted on Facebook. “Steve never went light at anything, especially being a dad.”

The couple has three children.

He loved hunting and wrestling.

Eric James posted on the Tamaqua Knee High Wrestling Association page.

“I’m not sure how many of you had the pleasure to have met Coach Steve Behun. I did and I could tell you what an amazing man and father he was. He was also a great coach who cared about the kids dearly. He also loved his wife and children more than life and spent so much time loving and teaching his children the ways of the world. The world lost an amazing person and coach yesterday when Steve passed away suddenly.”

Friends remembered him for his sense of humor.

Heather Miller Dunbar posted, “Steve had a larger than life spirit. His kindness, love of the outdoors and love of his family will always be remembered.”

Behun was also involved in the SOS Coal Regions Churches and Schools group, which opposed the Diocese of Allentown’s plan to close Our Lady of the Angels School in Lansford, St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Lansford, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Nesquehoning.

Val Horvat posted, “Steve was an amazing soul. When he was involved with saving the church I got to witness first hand his passion when it comes to something he believed so strongly in. His family and everything they are involved in was his driving force to be better and to always learn.”