Marvin James Degeyter

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Marvin James Degeyter, age 72, beloved husband, brother, uncle, colleague and friend, died on April 17, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends. Marvin fought a courageous battle against heart disease and a devastating stroke to which he ultimately surrendered. He served well, spread much joy and was the source of many witty comments and funny stories. Marvin was born in Port Arthur, Texas and was raised in Port Neches. As a young boy he attended St. Elizabeth Catholic School and served as an altar boy. He graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School and Lamar University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Electronics and Electricity. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War era. Marvin was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida and in Naha, Okinawa from 1966 - 1970. Marvin was employed at Reliant Energy, previously Houston Lighting and Power. He worked 38 years as a Maintenance Supervisor and ended his career as a Commissioning Manager building power plants in Las Vegas, Nevada and Casa Grande, Arizona. He was a graduate of Rice University's Leadership Training Institute. He had a special gift of being able to fix anything or redesign an improvement to any element or feature of anything electrical or mechanical. When he first enlisted in the Navy he realized that aircraft maintenance workers were taking an excessive amount of time rebuilding and testing aircraft engines so invented an engine tester harness which saved hundreds of man hours for each overhaul. This had not even been considered before. The U.S. Navy purchased this invention and use it in a modernized form even today. He loved to fish, shoot trap and targets, spend time in his boat and with his Rottweilers Buddy and Gunner. He said many times that his purpose in life was to take care of his wife of 48 years, Lynda whom he affectionately called "Rabbit". He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus serving with Conroe Council #6456. He especially looked forward to helping with the seasonal Lenten fish fry's and the Turkey Shoot event every fall. He was strongly committed to the principles of "Right To Life". He was a life time member of the VFW Conroe Council. He is preceded in death by his only child, a son Daryn Christian Degeyter, his parents Henry and Leola Degeyter and his beloved service dog, "Buddy". He is survived by his wife Lynda Degeyter, a brother Harvey Degeyter (Cindi). A rosary is planned for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Cashner's Funeral Home, 801 Teas Rd. at 7pm in Conroe, Texas. Services are scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 109 N.Frazier St. in Conroe. Burial will be in Garden Park Cemetery located on FM 3083 adjacent to Cashner's Funeral Home at 1:30pm. Pallbearers will be Darrell Commander, Jerry Gregurek, Scott Gregurek, Kevin Gregurek, Barry Baker and David Jeffrey. Honorary pallbearers include Harvey Degeyter, Greg Degeyter, and all Knights of Columbus members of Council 6456. If you prefer, in lieu of floral tributes, please consider a charitable gift to the Montgomery County SPCA or any animal rescue group of your choice. To leave condolences to the family, visit our website at www.cashnerconroe.com


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Apr. 20 to May 3, 2016
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