Walter E. 'Butch'
E. 'Butch' Degner, age 95, of West Bend, passed away on
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the Cedar Lake Health and
Wally was born on July 14, 1917 in West Bend to the late
Erwin and Mathilda (nee Hoppe) Degner. He attended West
Bend High School and later served his country during
WWII by enlisting in the United States Army. Wally spent
his time in the service in the Pacific Theater under the
Red Arrow Division in the 128th Infantry Band. On May
25, 1946, following his return home from the war, Wally
was united in marriage to Mabel Joedike at St. John's Ev.
Lutheran Church in West Bend.
He was an assistant manager at Campbell's Department
Store, which later became the Carroll House. In 1962, he
began his own business called Butch's Sport Shop, which
he owned and operated until his retirement in 1981.
Following his retirement, Wally worked part time for
Zuern Lumber in Allenton for five years.
Wally was an avid Brewer and Packer fan. He loved
fishing and wood working. He enjoyed attending the Red
Arrow Division reunions and was a member of the Lt. Ray
Dickop American Legion Post #36 in West Bend. Wally was
also a lifetime member of St. JohnŐs Ev. Lutheran Church
in West Bend.
Wally is survived by two children, Carol (William)
Bremser of West Bend and David (Lucille) Degner of West
Bend; four grandchildren, Becky (Dana) Nielsen of
Oakland, Cailf., Matt (Erin) Bremser of Sheboygan, Beth
Degner of Slinger, and Jenna (fiancé Danny Clifford)
Degner of Bayside; a great-grandson, Liam Bremser; a
sister-in-law, Edith Degner of West Bend; and many other
relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife,
Mabel; a sister, Bernice Remmel; a brother, Harold
Degner; a sister-in-law, Kathryn Degner; and two
brothers-in-law, Elroy Remmel and Carl (Ruth) Joedike.
A memorial service in honor of Wally will be held on
Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral
Home in West Bend. Visitation will be at the funeral
home on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of service.
Burial of Wally's cremated remains will be in Washington
County Memorial Park.
Memorials to St. John's Scholarship Fund would be
greatly appreciated by the family.
Online guestbook and condolences may be found at
The family would like to extend a special thank you to
the staff of Cedar Community for the care and compassion
that was given to Wally and his family while he was