Earl Welcome Degner passed away on Jan 22, 2012 at the Culver West Convalescent Home in Culver City, California at the age 92.
Earl was born on August 30, 1919 on the family farm in Dysart, Iowa.
He was baptized in the EUB Church in Dysart and graduated from Dysart High School Class of 1937.
Earl was married three times. In 1942 he married Katherine Marie (Kay) Owens of Rock Springs, Wyoming. They had three children Sharon Kay, David Carl and James Robert.
In 1969 he married Helen Hambalek of Yugoslavia and in 1984 he married Martha Lanzisera of Whittier, California.
After he left Iowa to attend Radio and Television school in Kansas City, Mo. his career and service led him to reside in various places including Bakersfield Ca, Inglewood Ca, San Diego, Seattle, Sepulveda, Montebello and Las Vegas.
Earl served honorably in World War 2 in the U.S. Navy from May 1944 to February 1946. Stationed in Biloxi then San Diego he supervised the installation of Radar equipment into warplanes.
His career in electronics and management included technical and management positions with companies such as United Airlines, RCA, Lloyds Electronics and Lennox Appliance Service Supply.
Earl will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and brother.
His spirit of helpfulness, independence, entrepreneurship, patriotism, hard work and common sense is the legacy that he shared with his family and everyone he met.
He enjoyed music, travel, good food, friends and family.
Earl is preceded in death by his parents Carl Frederick and Ethel (Walter) Degner and by his first wife Katherine.
He is survived by his wife Martha, his brother Robert of Dysart IA, his daughter Sharon Riley of Dalton, GA and his sons David of Portland, OR and James of Los Angeles CA.
He had 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that funds be donated to the Veterans Angels, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides free services and assistance to our veterans www.vetangels.org, or to the National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org .
Memorial arrangements are being made by Jim firstname.lastname@example.org .
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Dysart Cemetery with military rites by the Dysart American Legion. Overton Funeral Home in Dysart is assisting the family.