Finley Robert "Bob" Degen passed peacefully at the age of 86 on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at his home in Emmett, Idaho.
Bob was born April 21, 1928, in Salmon, Idaho, to Lewis and Thelma Degen. At age four, he moved to Emmett to be raised by his Aunt Mary at the house he would forever call home.
Bob grew up attending schools in Emmett until he transferred to a military high school where he achieved most outstanding senior. He went on to graduate from the University of Idaho, class of 1951, where he met the love of his life Emmalyn B. Degen. They married in 1952 and shared 62 amazing years together.
Bob and Em moved to Los Alamitos, Calif., where Bob continued his career with United Airlines for 33 years, before he retired at the age of 52 and returned to the family home in Idaho.
When he wasn't traveling the world with Em, they spent their summers in Island Park at their home on Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Bob had a passion for fishing with family and friends. His annual steelhead fishing trip was particularly important to him where he formed everlasting memories with his closest friends (members of the "Purple Bag Gang") for over 25 years.
One of his best friends Vern used to say, "It doesn't get better than this" while fly-fishing in Alaska for "Silvers." In fact, the last time Bob fished with both Vern and his son Craig was in Alaska, as both passed the following year.
Bob was a very charitable man, and his pride and joy in life was his family. Every baseball game, track meet, football game, or recital his grandchildren Lauren and Robby participated in, he was there. He was their biggest fan, as he truly loved every moment spent with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife Emmalyn B Degen, son Alan and daughter-in-law Kim Degen, his daughter Mary Degen, and his most loved grandchildren, Robert and Lauren Degen.
A viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral services. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Potters Funeral Home, Emmett. Burial will follow at the Emmett Cemetery.