Fred N. Degen Sr.
Fred N. Degen Sr.
Jan. 1, 1942-Nov. 18, 2020

SPENCERVILLE — Fred N. Degen Sr., 78, of rural Spencerville died at 10:19 a.m. Wednesday in the Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 1, 1942, in Amanda Township, Allen County to Otto C. and Genevieve Paglow Degen, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his close companion of 16 years, Shari K. Moorman.

Also surviving are his children, Fred N. (Angela) Degen, Jr. of Spencerville, Lisa M. (Matt) Jettinghoff of Delphos, Lauri (Jay) Brown of Delphos and Jeff Stevens of Lima; grandchildren, Haley (Austin) Levine of Traverse City, Michigan, Killyan (Kasey) Lee of Spencerville, Josh Binnion of Coldwater, Logan (Madison Flack) Binnion of Spencerville, Casey Jettinghoff of Cincinnati and Madison and Caitlin Jettinghoff of Delphos; great-grandchildren, Kasen and Klaire Lee, Miriam Binnion and Juniper Levine; his brother, Jim Degen of Botkins; and his sister, Janice (Rex) Dershem of Lima.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Don Degen and Clarence “Sonny” Degen; and sisters-in-law Mary Lou Degen and Lynn Degen.

Fred was a 1959 graduate of Spencerville High School and worked as a commercial painting contractor for 45 years, mainly with the Thomas D. Quinn Painting Contractors in Lima. He was a member of the Painters Union Local 1020, the Lima Eagles Lodge and the Sons of the American Legion Post 191 of Spencerville. He loved his Honda motorcycle and later in life, his open air Jeep, karaoke, fishing and enjoyed his dogs and cats.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date when conditions are favorable.

Memorials may be made to the Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post 191, Box 38, Spencerville OH 45887; or to Paws of Adams County, Box 482, Decatur IN 46733.

The Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville is caring for Fred and his family.

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