AUBURN — James “Jim” Henry Degen Sr., 67, of Poland died Monday, June 26, at The Hospice House.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 30, 1943, to the late Henry P. Degen Sr. and Jessie E. (Young) Degen. Jim was educated in New York, and as soon as he was old enough proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Jim married the former Patricia “Pat” A. Quinn on Dec. 19, 1969. He worked for many years as a welder for The Iron Workers Union. Jim was a member of The American Legion Post 153, and for a term served as post historian. He spent time building models, playing cribbage and going for motorcycle rides with his wife, Pat. Jim was known as a jack-of-all-trades holding certificates in carpentry, welding, meatcutting, and Class 1 truck driver.

He leaves his loving wife of 41 years, Pat Degen of Poland; eight children, Christopher Degen, James Degen, Kevin Degen, Scott Degen, Billie Curtis, Edgar Degen, Christina Degen and Henry Degen III; a sister, Anna Starbird of Florida; four brothers, William Degen of New Jersey, Barnett Degen of Gardiner, John Degen of Spain, and Henry Degen Jr. of Pittston; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family would like to send a special thank-you to the entire staff at the Androscoggin Hospice House for their compassionate care they gave and a special thank-you to Dr. Douglas Smith.

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