Richard G. Degnitz

Richard G. Degnitz, 96, of Fillmore, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2008 at Aurora Medical Center-Hartford.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1912 on the family homestead farm in the town of Farmington to the late Gustav and Linda (nee Goldammer) Deg-nitz. He attended Fillmore State Graded School and then started working on the family farm he eventually owned as the fourth generation.

On Aug. 28, 1937, Richard was united in marriage to Minnie Koenig at St. Martinís United Church of Christ in Fillmore.

Richard was a member and executive board member of the Pathways of Light Church in Kiel. Although farming is a demanding lifestyle, Richard found time to be involved in many other ways. He was a member or former member of the Washing-ton County Farm Bureau, D.H.I.A. (Dairy Heard Improve-ment Assoc.), School Board, Mill Board, Town of Farmington Assessor, Turner Society, Fill-more Fire Department and Saxonia Historical Society. He also worked as a machinist for Mid Cities Tool & Die and as a farm soil tester.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Minnie; two children, Evelyn Wolff of West Bend, and James (Nancy) Degnitz of Fill-more; five grandchildren, Kurt (Sarah) Wolff of Middleton, Jeffrey (Penny) Wolff of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Todd (Cheryl) Wolff of West Bend, Andrew (Michelle) Degnitz of Fillmore, and Jennifer (Richard) Feider of Beechwood; 11 great-grandchildren, Krista, Naomi, Noah, Leah, Stephanie, Zachary, Rebecca, Adam, Ethan, Logan, and Grady; a sister-in-law, Betty Erd-man of West Bend; along with three grand-dogs, Bear, Natalie and Duncan; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Faith Degnitz; two sisters, Esther Degnitz, Irma and her husband Elmer Bret-schneider; a brother and his wife, Walter and Amanda Degnitz; and a son-in-law, Gerald Wolff.

A memorial service to remember Richard will be held on Tuesday April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend. Rev. Robert Stoelting will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials to Saxonia House or Pathways of Light Church are appreciated.

Burial of Richardís cremated remains will be held at a later date in St. Martin's Cemetery, Fillmore.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Jahnke and the staff of Aurora Medical Center-Hartford, for the loving care Richard received.