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(March 16, 1918 - October 23, 2013)

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Lester William Deegan, 95, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at home.

Born March 16, 1918, in DeKalb Township, the son of Martin L. and Maude I. (LaBolle) Deegan, Les married Ruth Marie Quaerna on June 21, 1950, in Janesville, Wisconsin.

He was a graduate of St. Mary Catholic School in DeKalb and DeKalb Township High School, Class of 1936. He also attended Northern Illinois University.

He grew up on a farm riding horses and was an expert horseman, entering many horse shows and winning several prizes.

After he married Ruth, they settled in DeKalb. He worked for Central Illinois Light Co. in DeKalb. When the light company was sold to Commonwealth Edison, he continued to work for it, first in DeKalb, then three years commuting to Rockford, then back to DeKalb with a top union job.

Lester and Ruth were ballroom dancers. He loved the outdoors, and working around his yard, cutting his grass and hedges. He enjoyed the arts and traveling the US, Canada and Newfoundland; every year they traveled to Canada and London, Ontario, to watch Shakespearian plays. He also loved to play bridge.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister for 25 years, and DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He was a life member of DeKalb Elks Club and former member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by three nieces, Stacey Deegan, Amy (Tim Warkins) Deegan and Sharon (Brad) Rote; nephew, Richard Nolan; two great-nephews, his beloved James “Jamie” Deegan-Warkins and Scott (Jody) Rote; great-niece, Lisa (Ron) Blair; and several great-great-nieces; a great-great-nephew; and his sister-in-law, Donna Deegan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, on June 14, 2000; sisters, Alice Quinn Taylor, Dorothy Nolan and Janaan Divine; brother, James “Jerry” Deegan; and parents.

The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 321 Pine Street, DeKalb, with Fr. James Parker celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fri at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Mary Catholic School, DeKalb.

For information, visit or call Anderson Funeral Home at 815-756-1022.


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