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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Jeffery Thomas Degitz

January 8, 1958July 25, 2020
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Jeffery Thomas Degitz, 62, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late Thomas and Carol (Ernsting) Degitz.

Jeff married Janie (Ryerson) on June 9, 1990 and she survives. He was the co-owner of Knepp Sand and Stone in New Paris, IN for 4 years and Pine Valley Country Club. Jeff was an avid golfer and loved to fish. Above all else he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Surviving are his children, Joe (Megan) Degitz, Tony (Jooyoung) Degitz, Stephanie Degitz, and Danielle (Tanner Miller) Degitz; grandchildren, Max, Ellie, Hailey, and Hayden (expected in October); sisters, Sue (Roger) Dammeier and Pam (Ken) Townsley; and a host of dear friends.

Funeral services will be private. Visitation from 5pm to 8pm Friday, August 7, 2020 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, and Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10am to 12:00pm also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Agape Church of the Brethren, 11610 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. For online condolences, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.

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Steve Gansey

August 5, 2020

I’ll always remember walking out of the locker room to the bench before our games and Jeff would be standing there ready to shake my hand and say hello. Jeff was one of the coolest guys around. I would always talk to him during games while I was standing on the sideline and always give him more information about the game. He invited me into their home and made me dinner when I was an intern for the Mad Ants when I first started coaching. He cared about people and he made me feel like family. He kicked my butt in golf and he let me hear about it every basketball game after that. I loved our conversations and hanging out with Jeff. Jeff will he missed greatly. He was a great friend. Love ya Jeff!

Elyssa Harootian

August 3, 2020

I remember when both Uncle Jeff & Aunt Janie came to visit us in California. We were living in an apartment at the time and I was probably 3 or 4 years old. Uncle Jeff was showing us (the kids) what he had in his hands. He cupped his hands as we got closer and he gently looked at his hands as if to talk to "it." As we peeked inside, he opened his hands quickly and gave a little "boo." We squealed and laughed and tried to do the same thing to him. He humored us by acting scared and continued in the fun. I love that memory because that's how I'll remember Uncle Jeff...sweet, gentle and humorous. Love you Uncle Jeff!

Susan Till

July 30, 2020

This was a real shock to us and we send our sympathy, love, hugs and prayers for your family. Jeff was a big help at a time when I needed guidance with an accounting situation in ministry. He was always responsive and ready to step up. He was a friend, a mentor and caring man. Jesus gained an angel but this world lost one of our "good guys". We are so so sorry. Ken and Susan Till

Jenifer Varecha

July 29, 2020

Your family was /is such a big part of our lives over the years. Tom gave Rick a job long ago and those days are remembered and discussed to this day. Jeff taking over for Tom just kept it “all in the family “ and we always felt like we were a part of the clan. We are so sorry for your loss and grateful for the times we all shared with the Degitz family.

David Ogden

July 28, 2020

Jeff was a remarkable man. Generous, thoughtful, caring and loving. Janie has been a special dear friend since college and we were thrilled when she married Jeff. They traveled all the way to Florida to spend time with Pam -- my late wife; Janie's college roommate -- during Pam's final days, 20 years ago. When I married Janie's widowed sister 8 years later, I gained a true brother in Jeff. I treasure every moment I was able to spend with him. What a loss his passing is for all who loved him.

Beth Fields

July 28, 2020

Jeff was such a kind, warm & generous person. I would sum him up in one word....genuine! He will be GREATLY missed.

Scott Sproat

July 28, 2020

Every conversation I ever had with Jeff was like being reunited with a lifelong friend. A man of class and integrity who cared for his family, friends, and community through both action and word. I will miss our reunions... until we meet again, old friend. Rest easy and know that you are missed and remembered, but certainly not forgotten. Your legacy will live on through the family you so adored.

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