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George Degen

April 17, 1927 — June 1, 2019

George D. Degen, 92, of Plymouth, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice after a short illness. He was born in Sheboygan on April 17, 1927, a son of the late Delmar and Hilma (Markwardt) Degen. George attended Sheboygan public schools and graduated from Central High School.

George proudly served his country in World War II by joining the U.S. Navy on November 18, 1944. He served as a hospital corpsman until July 1946 and was recalled to active duty in 1950 during the Korean Conflict. He received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for his work with personnel who transformed a small dispensary in Japan into a full-fledged hospital that treated 5804 casualties in 42 days.

Upon his return to Sheboygan County, George attended Mission House College (Lakeland University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1953. He met his future wife, Rita Koch, that same year and the two were married on June 28, 1953.

George joined the Kohler Company in July 1963 as an Inspector in Precision Controls. In February 1970, he was appointed Manager of Field Claims and later promoted to Manager-Quality Control for Plumbing Products, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.

Active in community service, George was a member of the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 where he served as Post Commander and member of the Honor Guard. He was past President of the Plymouth Lions Club and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award and a life membership. Additionally, George belonged to the Kohler Quarter Century Club, the Plymouth Historical Society, Plymouth Arts Center and was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

Surviving George is his wife Rita; their four children, Debra (Mark) Zimmer of Howards Grove, WI, Thomas (Meredith) Degen of Madison, WI, Ronald (Christopher) Degen of Chicago, IL, and Patricia (Andrew) Mahoney of Evansville, WI.; five grandchildren, George, Thekla, Eleanor and Henry Degen, and Julia Mahoney; one brother, Richard (Matt) of Sheboygan and Arizona.

George was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, Karl (Auguste) Koch, sister and brother-in-law, Virginia (Reverend Lowell) Ferguson, sister-in-law, Laverne Degen, and brother-in-law and wife, Carl Koch (Marjorie).

A funeral service will be conducted for George on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Relatives and friends may call on the family at Zimmer Westview Funeral & Cremation Care Center, W2132 Garton Road, Sheboygan from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. The Reverend Thomas Fleischmann will officiate. Full military honors will be conducted by the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 following the service and a private committal will be held Saturday at the Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan.

The Degen family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the wonderful care George received during his brief stay. A memorial fund has been established for the hospice in the name of George D. Degen.

Please visit www.zimmerfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

Visitation
Friday, June 7, 2019
3:00 PM 6/7/2019 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 6/7/2019 6:00:00 PM
Zimmer Westview

W2132 Garton Road
Sheboygan, WI 53083

Zimmer Westview
W2132 Garton Road Sheboygan 53083 WI
United States
Service
Friday, June 7, 2019
6:00 PM 6/7/2019 6:00:00 PM - 6:30 PM 6/7/2019 6:30:00 PM
Zimmer Westview

W2132 Garton Road
Sheboygan, WI 53083

Zimmer Westview
W2132 Garton Road Sheboygan 53083 WI
United States
Service
Friday, June 7, 2019
6:30 PM 6/7/2019 6:30:00 PM - 6:50 PM 6/7/2019 6:50:00 PM
Zimmer Westview

W2132 Garton Road
Sheboygan, WI 53083

Military Honors

Zimmer Westview
W2132 Garton Road Sheboygan 53083 WI
United States
Graveside
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:30 AM 6/8/2019 9:30:00 AM
Wildwood Cemetery

Wildwood Ave.
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Wildwood Cemetery
Wildwood Ave. Sheboygan 53081 WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice
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