David “Digger” D. Degener, age 65 of the Town of Matteson, Waupaca County passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday April 26, 2022.
David was born on February 25, 1957 in Shawano as the son of Sally (Krause) Degener and the late Roland Degener. David served in the Army National Guard and was united in marriage to Mary Wollenberg on May 20, 1978 in Sherwood. The couple had a daughter Kristine and later divorced. As a young man David lived in Sherwood where he worked for Mader Implement and after it’s closure went to work for the Mader family on their farm. David spent many years working for Brillion Iron Works and in 2016 moved back to the area and was currently employed at Arrowcast in Shawano. David was affectionately known as “Digger” by his buddies. He looked forward to sturgeon spearing every year on Lake Winnebago with his friend and hunting buddy Glen Brandenburg. Digger also enjoyed working on cars over the years with another close friend Jeff Kalies. David had a love of the outdoors. Whether it was camping, hunting, or fishing he loved spending time with his family. It could have been on his hunting land, up on Pine Lake near Hiles, or just sitting around with a can of Old Style in his hand, but David enjoyed nothing more than sharing his love of the outdoors and life knowledge with his grandchildren.
His Daughter: Kristine (Jeff) LaViolette
Grandchildren; Chase & Madelyn LaViolette
Mother: Sally Degener
Sisters: Sue (Wayne) Malliet & Donna (Kevin) Huebner.
Also numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, & uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father Roland, a brother Keith, and a sister Shirley (Bill) Buschel.
David’s funeral service will be held Saturday April 30, 2022 at 12pm at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory in Clintonville with Rev. Todd Jerabek officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home following the service by members of the Clintonville American Legion Post #63, VFW Post #664, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #63, and DAV Chapter #53. Interment will take place at a later date at the Friendship Cemetery in the Town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10am until the time of service.