Gerald Charles Degen

Dates

February 23, 1934 - September 3, 2017

Obituary

Gerald Charles Degen, 83, of Mitchell, formerly of Fulton, died Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery, Mitchell.  Visitation will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 5-7:00 PM at the church with a 7:00 PM Scripture Service.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Gerald Charles Degen was born February 23, 1934 to Theodore and Frances (Weber) Degen on the home place near Parkston, SD.  He attended country school through the 8th grade.  He worked for local dairy farms and neighboring farms until he joined the United States Army in 1954 and was stationed in Kentucky and Germany during the Korean War.  In 1956 he was honorably discharged and returned home and began working at Armours Creamery. He married Dorothy Suhr on February 19, 1957 at Dimock.  In 1958 he began farming and working at Myers Body Shop and Mitchell Machinery.  He farmed for 39 years and retired at age 56.  He enjoyed playing cards and camping.  Gerald was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge and Holy Family Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; one son, Douglas (Diane) Degen of Mitchell; one daughter, Cynthia Behrens of Dell Rapids, SD, six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Charles (Sandy), Alexandria, SD and Leroy (Dottie) Mitchell; two sisters: Charlotte (Arland) Lindsley of Piedmont, SD, Ielene Thackeray of Zephyrhills, FL and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Melvin, Theodore and Arnold.


Visitation(s)

Date
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
Holy Family Catholic Church
Scripture Service - 7:00 PM
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Cemetery

American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota


Posted by Aseracare Hospice on September 18, 2017
During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you ands your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
- The AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Rodney Trabing on September 6, 2017
Sorrry to hear about Jerrry!
Posted by Dan Weber on September 6, 2017
Doug, Dorthy and family, So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him! Our sincere condolences.
Posted by Craig Tischler and Lisa Petersen on September 5, 2017
So sorry for your loss Doug, Diane and family. Sending thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Curt & Judine Hills on September 5, 2017
Sending condolences Doug from Rochester, Mn. I remember your Dad well. Take care and cherish the memories you have of him to carry you through this difficult time.
Posted by Terry & Mary Nutter on September 5, 2017
Doug, condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father.
Posted by Jan & Darin Kayser on September 5, 2017
Our deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Arlene Moore on September 5, 2017
I'm so sorry to learn of your loss.
Posted by Diane (Haag) Bryant on September 5, 2017
Doug and Diane so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family members.
Posted by Delbert and Georgie Weber on September 4, 2017
Gerry was a good worker, and a hard worker! We enjoyed playing cards and visiting for many, many years! We will miss him! Our sympathy to Dorothy, Cindy, Doug, and all of the family of Gerry!
Posted by Vicki Rentschler on September 4, 2017
So sorry to hear about your dad, Cindy. Prayers to you, Doug and family.
Posted by DIck and Jean Brown Sioux Falls on September 4, 2017
Sorry to hear about Jerry he will be missed
Posted by Marge wagner on September 4, 2017
Prayers to the whole family
Posted by Roger & Sandra Smith on September 4, 2017
Our deepest sympathy , Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Posted by Rich & Judy Kayser on September 4, 2017
Deepest sympathies. Our thoughts are with all of you and your families.
Posted by Jim and Diane Suhr on September 4, 2017
Dorothy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest sympathy.
Posted by mark & colleen jensen on September 4, 2017
so sorry for your loss
Posted by Julie Hein and Randy Miiller on September 4, 2017
Doug and Diane. So, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the entire family.
Posted by Allen and Marsha Tuschen on September 4, 2017
Doug. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Prayers for you all
Posted by Don Jirsa on September 4, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great man. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Lynn, Marilyn, Jon & Alicia Odland on September 4, 2017
So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! Your deepest sympathy!
Posted by mark zweep on September 4, 2017
I will miss Jerry!!!
Posted by Dave Paulson on September 4, 2017
Always enjoyed that guy-prayers
Posted by Nancy (Brown) Peterson on September 4, 2017
My deepest condolences to all of you
Posted by Julie Kobernusz on September 4, 2017
Sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family
Posted by Dennis & cheryl Kunkel on September 4, 2017
Doug so sorry to hear the loss of your Dad ,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you & all your families .
Posted by Don and Pam Wenande on September 4, 2017
So sorry to hear , our prayers are with
Posted by Kelvin and Linda Albertz on September 4, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Posted by Brenda Blumenberg on September 4, 2017
Doug, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your father always made me smile!
Posted by Tom and Kim Steilen on September 4, 2017
Prayers to all the family. God Bless You
Posted by James and Karen Geppert on September 4, 2017
You have our sympathy
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on September 4, 2017
Our Sympathy Dorothy, and familys 🙏🏼✝️
Posted by Glenn Schaefers on September 4, 2017
RIP Jerry
Posted by Tony and Mary Flowers on September 4, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Posted by Joni & Marv Thome on September 4, 2017
Sending thoughts and prayers to all.
Posted by Bobbie and Jake Prickett on September 4, 2017
Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family
Posted by Cindy Fuerst on September 4, 2017
My deepest sympathy.
Posted by Cindy fuerst on September 4, 2017
My deepest sympathy to your family
Posted by Val (Krumm) Keller on September 4, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I remember so many times Jerry came over to the bar in Farmer.
Posted by Dale and Joyce Folsom on September 3, 2017
Our toughts and prayers for the family.
Posted by Vicky Brooks Bailey on September 3, 2017
Prayer to all the family. He was a fun loving guy..
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