Duane Deegan

Duane W. Deegan, age 66, of Sheyenne, ND, died Friday, February 20, 2009, at his home, under the care of Presentation Hospice of Carrington, ND, surrounded by his family.

Duane was born in Bottineau, ND, on April 16, 1942, the son of Ernest and Rose (Schmidt) Deegan. He attended school there, graduating from high school in 1960. He joined the US Army and served 15 months in Korea. He later was stationed in Massachusetts and then in Berlin, Germany for 4 years. Duane was also stationed in North Carolina, Maryland, Shemya Island, and Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. After 10 ½ years in the Army, Duane was discharged and went to college in Minot and Jamestown where he earned his degree in nursing. He then joined the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service. He worked as Public Health Nurse in Belcourt, ND, for 3 years, Ft. Hall, Idaho for 1 year and at Ft. Totten for 16 years. The following three years he worked at several jobs at Ft. Totten, retiring in 1998.

In 1965, Duane married Bonnie Reinke of Bottineau in Berlin, Germany. They are the parents of four children: Paul (Denny) Deegan of Devils Lake, ND, Terri (Tom) McCraney of Wayne, Nebraska, Magdalena Deegan of Bismarck, and Anthony Deegan of Grand Forks.

Duane is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bonnie; their four children, 8 grandchildren; his mother Rose Bjornseth of Portland, OR; two brothers, Rev. Ron (Carol) Deegan of Mt Vernon, WA, Perry Bjornseth of Portland, OR; two sisters, Darlene (Don) Holmes of Chimacum, WA, Elaine (Eugene) Hett of Bottineau; his mother-in-law, Mildred Reinke of New Rockford; several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest; his step-father, Alfred Bjornseth, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family suggests memorials to Presentation Hospice of Carrington, ND.


Funeral Service: First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 11:00AM

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, ND (in the Spring)

Posted Condolences:

Name: Deb McLean

Date: 3-11-2010

Message: I'm so sorry for your loss. I hadn't known until reading the obits for Evans Funeral Home. How are you doing. It seems so long ago that we were neighbors out on the res. But I still think of you when thinking of memories. I live in Devils Lake now. Take care.