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James B. ‘Jim’ Degenhardt

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James B. “Jim” Degenhardt, age 72, of Oakdale, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in Pinckneyville Community Hospital, Pinckneyville.

James was born on September 13, 1942 in Pinckneyville, a son to Bernard and Rose (Ledendecker) Degenhardt. On October 21, 1967, he married Margaret Bruno in St. Bruno Catholic Church, Pinckneyville and she survives. James was a proud veteran of the United States Army and worked as a coal miner for Peabody Coal, Baldwin Mine for 26 years. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalen Church, Todds Mill, and was also a member of the U.M.W.A., Eagles Lodge, Pinckneyville and Moose Lodge, Pinckneyville. James enjoyed fishing, squirrel and rabbit hunting and gardening. He loved playing drums and guitar and dearly loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Degenhardt of Oakdale; mother, Rose Degenhardt of Oakdale; three sons, John (Joyce) Degenhardt of Lenzburg; Scott Degenhardt (Crystal Kitchen) of Pinckneyville, and Kevin (Susan) Degenhardt of Pinckneyville; one brother, Mark Degenhardt of Oakdale; four sisters, Joann (Dennis) Buss of Nashville, Connie (Bill) Heisner, Linda (Norbert) Jausel of Pinckneyville, and Barb (Gabe) Lively of DuQuoin; seven grandchildren, Jamie, Madison, Erika, Lily, Olivia, Christopher and Greysen; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, one brother, Tom Degenhardt and one sister, Vicki Rose Degenhardt.

Funeral services were held at Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, on Saturday, January 10.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or James B. Degenhardt family.

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