Donald Dean Degenhardt


Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, Hoisington, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home.

Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, Hoisington, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home.

He was born Nov. 8, 1941, in La Crosse to George and Anna Margaret (Meier) Degenhardt. He was a 1959 graduate of La Crosse High School.

He married Lyrie A. "Angel" Mead on Sept. 7, 1964, in Larned. He began working for C.O. Mammels Grocery at age 14 and was employed with them for 30 years. He worked in stores in La Crosse, Larned and Hoisington. In 1985, he changed careers and began working in the oilfield as a roustabout and production superintendent for Robinwitz Oil Co. and most recently Dexxon, Inc. He was a Kansas National Guard veteran, serving from 1963 to 1969.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; four daughters, Denice Thorne and husband, Ray, Sapulpa, Okla., Jan McCool and husband, Brad, Cabot, Ark., Terri Pickett and husband Jeff, Indianapolis, and Toni Webb and husband, David, Gardner; a brother, Leroy Degenhardt and wife, Marilyn, Great Bend; a sister, Lillian Weber and husband, Edwin, Hays; and 10 grandchildren, Peter, Joanna and Nathan McCool, Makiah, Donovan and Melody Pickett, and Annalee, Tanner, Taylor and Tydus Webb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Harold; and an infant granddaughter, Rebekah McCool.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Hoisington Bible Church; burial in Hoisington Cemetery.

Friends can call until 8 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 6 to to 8 p.m. at the church.

Memorials are requested to Mid America Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Hoisington Bible Church in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

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