Kenneth Ernest Degenstein, the son of James and Phyliss (Tuchscherer) Degenstein was born on April 9, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He died at the age of 84 years on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the farm he loved so much in Rugby, North Dakota.
Kenneth moved from Chicago to Rugby in 1931 and then to the Barton area in 1935 where the family made their home. After completing his education he went on to farm with his father and brother. On February 1959 he was united in marriage to Doreen Knoke. In 1961 the marriage was dissolved. He remained living and farming in the Barton/Rugby area until his death. He was a member of the Rugby Eagles Club the Clarence Larson American Legion for many years. He loved to hunt and fish with his family and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Kenneth is survived by his daughter, Pam (Bryan) Gizinski of Neche; grandchildren, Nycole Gizinski of Ketchikan, Alaska and Jeremy Gizinski of Warroad, Minnesota; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Neigum; brother, Leo Degenstein; and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 29 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocal Leader/Cantor: Robert Graber
Casket Bearers: Galen Neigum, Jim Degenstein, Jeremy Gizinski, Jacob ‘Jay’ Kleinjan Jr., Jacob Kleinjan, Jasper Kleinjan III
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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