HOISINGTON — Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, entered into the presence of his Savior April 21 at his home, Hoisington, surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, his four daughters and one grandson. Don was born November 8, 1941 at home in LaCrosse, Kansas, the youngest child born to George and Anna Margaret (Meier) Degenhardt. He graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1959. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1963 to 1969. On September 7, 1964, Don married Lyrie A. “Angel” Mead in Larned, Kansas.
Don began working for C. O. Mammels Grocery at the age of 14, and was employed with them for 30 years. He worked in stores in LaCrosse, Larned and Hoisington. In 1985, he changed careers and began working in the oil field as roustabout and production superintendent for Robinwitz Oil Company and most recently Dexxon, Inc.
A devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Degenhardt is survived by his wife, Angel Degenhardt, of the home; his daughters: Denice and her husband Ray Thorne, Sapulpa, Okla.; Jan and her husband Brad McCool, Cabot, Ark.; Terri and her husband Jeff Pickett, Indianapolis, Ind.; Toni and her husband David Webb, Gardner, Kan.; one sister, Lillian Weber and husband Edwin of Hays; one brother Leroy Degenhardt and wife Marilyn of Great Bend; and ten grandchildren: Peter, Joanna and Nathan McCool; Makiah, Donovan, and Melody Pickett; and Annalee, Tanner, Taylor and Tydus Webb. He was preceeded in death by his parents, one infant brother, Harold; and one infant granddaughter, Rebekah McCool.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014 at Hoisington Bible Church with Pastor Dr. Gary E. Clark officiating. Burial will be in Hoisington Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Hoisington Bible Church. Memorials are requested to Mid America Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Hoisington Bible Church, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, P. O. Box 146, Hoisington, Kan. 67544. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net
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P. O. Box 146
Hoisington, Kan. 67544
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, April 22, 2014