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With Grateful Hearts for a Life well Lived, The Family of Donald “Don” Herman Degelman of St. Paul, Alberta are deeply saddened to announce his passing on Thursday January 4, 2024.
Don is lovingly survived by his wife of 8 years: Nelda Degelman of St. Paul, AB. His Children: Yvonne (Harvey) Linnen of Raymore, SK, Shawna (Rick) Pilat of Winnipeg, MB, Makayla Degelman (Nick Smith) of Redwater, AB, Sharon Degelman (Justin Gayle) of Grande Prairie, AB, Makenzie Degelman (Isaac Carhart) of Newbrook, AB. His Grandchildren: Kylie (Dean) Horvath of Saskatoon,SK, Drake Pilat of Winnipeg,MB, Lincoln Degelman-Smith, Vianah Degelman-Stirling, Kezden Degelman-Smith, Kallun Degelman-Smith, Vauhn Degelman-Smith all of Redwater, AB His Siblings: Diana McPherson of Regina, SK, Howard Degelman of Regina, SK, Jeannette Reeme of Humboldt, SK, June Marshall (Neil Hunter) of Regina, SK. As well as numerous nephew’s, nieces, and other relatives.
Don was predeceased by his Parents Herman and Mary Degelman of Raymore, SK, Sister Marlene Stewart of Saskatoon, SK, Grand Babies Carhart Twins of Newbrook, AB, Grandson Jaxxon Thomas Galey of Grand Prairie, AB.
Don was born in Terrace, BC June 27, 1943, moved and lived in Raymore, SK where He went to school and worked for local Farmers until he went into the Navy around age 19. He lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia and remained there until 1965, then returned to Saskatchewan where He spent time working on Road Construction and many different jobs until he moved to Wynyard, SK 1969. In Wynyard he then worked at Crawfords Chicken Plant He then moved to Thompson, MB to work at Inco as 1st class mechanic in the mine. In Thompson Don was heavily involved in Sports, Coaching Minor Hockey, Coaching Ringette, President of The Royal Canadian Legion, played Baseball (fun league) enjoyed watching the Local Senior Hockey and Beer League Hockey as well as Junior Hockey.
In the 1980’s Don moved back to SK to work at The Potash Mine in Colonsay, SK. Don while in Colonsay He actually started up Ringette. A few Years Later He moved back to Wynyard in approx 1982. While there He Coached the Senior Wynyard Monarch’s Hockey Team. Also following The Raymore Rockets Hockey Team. After this time frame he had several moves around in the 1990’s. He was in Vancouver, BC, Redwater, AB, Grande Prairie, AB, Wainwright, AB. While in Wainwright he was in a Billiard League. Moving back to Raymore, SK he would play the odd game of Pool at the Local Tavern between working for his Daughter and Son-in-Laws Construction Company Lonestar Oil Field Contracting until He Retired and Moved to St. Paul, AB.
Don met the love of his life in January of 2015 Nelda. They were married on July 18, 2015 where Don continued his retirement in his present residence in St. Paul, AB. During this time You would find Him Catching the Odd Live Rider Game in Regina also Watching His Grandson Drake Play College Baseball Live Stream, Watching Blue Jays Baseball, and Curling which all would lead to Chatting on the phone with Daughter’s, and His Brother Pregame and Post Games.
Don and Nelda had the privilege of seeing the Youngest of Don’s Children Makenzie graduate from High School in St. Paul, AB. In 2021… This was something that Don had always hoped would happen and was very Proud that his Wish Came True.
Don and Nelda also had the opportunity to travel in 2022 on their 1st Vacation to attend the wedding of Don’s first grandchild granddaughter Kylie to Dean Horvath at Saskatoon, SK in August. They made a holiday of it spent some time at Manitou Beach and Pool in Watrous, SK before heading back home.
During Don’s final days you would find him driving his wife Nelda to and from her 2 jobs, staying in his mancave (garage) listening to his favorite music and watching his favorite sports (hockey, football, curling and baseball) channels (620 CKRM Saskatchewan Rough Rider station, 630 CHED, and TSN) right up to his final moments of his life.
Nelda will miss Don terribly. As she has stated he was her loving husband, best friend, her only baby, her absorber, appreciator, her listener, her adviser, her driver, her travel buddy, her supporter, her secretary, her protector, and the person who always has been beside her no matter what time of day, through ups and downs, through highs and lows and through sadness and happiness of her life. Thank you, Don, for 9 years of patience, unmeasurable understanding, looking after me and sharing your life and unconditional love. Rest in peace Don (Mr. D) till we meet again . . . I always tell you “don’t you forget I LOVE YOU so much forever and ever”.
Don’s Daughters would like to thank Nelda for her love and the extensive care She gave to their Dad and to let her know that She did a wonderful job.
In closing Nelda would like to Thank you all for taking the time to Celebrate the Life of her Husband Don.
Respectfully submitted by the family.
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