Roy Adam Degenhart

April 20, 1933

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January 5, 2021

Roy Adam Degenhart

April 20, 1933

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January 5, 2021

Roy Adam Degenhart, 87, of Columbus, formerly of Billings, joined his heavenly father on Jan. 5, 2021, surrounded in loving energy by his children and grandchildren via Zoom.

Our sweet, kind, loving, funny, faith-filled, hardworking and humble Dad was born on April 20, 1933, on the family farm located off the Roundup Road in Billings, to Adam and Helen Degenhart. He was one of 10 siblings. He was a devout Catholic and attended Catholic schools, being in the first class to attend Billings Central Catholic High School when it was built. He and Mom were members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Billings for many years and St. Mary’s Catholic Church when they moved to Columbus. Dad loved attending Mass several times a week. He and his brother Ray were partners on the dairy farm where he was raised, and he worked there until retirement. Dad farmed land farther east and also near Acton. The “Burton” place, as he referred to it, was one of his greatest joys. He was a skilled farmer and enjoyed irrigating and bringing in the wheat crop.

He met the love of his life when he was just 21. Dad married Norma Marie Wagner in 1956. They shared a love for the land, a strong faith and beautiful family for 63 years. They lived in Billings until moving to Columbus in 2009. Mom and Dad traveled to Chandler, Arizona, in the winter, spending wonderful times with two of their daughters and Mom’s family. Mom and Dad had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and seven in-law children whom they adored.

Dad is best known for his simple, gentle and humble way of being. He lived a life of kindness, hard work, compassion, generosity and commitment to God and family. He was a grateful man and was prone to telling anyone who would listen what a lucky man he was. In this, we believe his life to be extraordinary, and he passed this legacy on to his children and grandchildren as is evidenced in the extremely close family he created.

Dad is preceded in death by his wife Norma and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children, Debbie Gosselin (Mark) and Patty Kennedy (Dan) of Chandler, Arizona, Mary Schock (Dennis) of Gunnison, Colorado, Sue Nelson (Jerry) of Columbus, Joe Degenhart (Carol) of Billings, Ron Degenhart (Lori) of Bozeman, and Amy Berger (Paul) of Billings; as well as 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sister Beverly Martin; brother Dan Degenhart; the extended Wagner family that accepted and loved him so graciously as one of their own: Hank and Max Wagner, Monsignor Joe Wagner, Janet King, Bob and Mary Lou Sherwood, Marty and Roxie Weisbeck, Bob and Marion Wagner, Ron and Chris Wagner, Sister Kay Wagner; numerous nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends.

A small family gathering will take place graveside and a celebration of life will be held in the summer when all those that loved him can travel. Condolences can be shared at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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4 thoughts on “Roy Adam Degenhart”

  1. S. Linda Wieser

    Dear Roy’s children,
    I remember your mom and dad so well when I would go to visit with Sister Kay in California. They would always open up their home and their hearts to all the Kay’s friends. I also remember meeting some of you girls when we had our outdoor dinner at someplace that your mom used to love to go to.

    Your parents certainly have left a legacy to all of us of goodness, kindness, Hardwork, compassion and deep faith.

    My prayer is with each of you as you walk through this time of bidding goodbye to another beloved parent. Sister Linda Wieser

  2. I did not know Roy that well but everytime I saw him and Norma they were very gracious, loving and caring. Always making me welcome. Condolences to the family

  3. Kathy Ulrickson Robins

    To Debbie and all the Degenharts, I’m so sorry that you have lost your dad. His obituary is beautiful and I remember him exactly as described, a sweet, kind, hard- working man. He worked hard and produced so much in his life, always showing a very kind demeanor. Blessings to you all for comfort and joy as you remember him and a life well-lived. Love to you all.

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