Nicholas Degel Jr., 87, who founded Degel Oil Co. in Glendive and started a Dairy Queen in Billings, died in Billings on Sept. 20, 2012.
He was born Dec. 8, 1924, the second of four sons of Nicholas and Katherine Degel, who were German-speaking immigrants from Hungary who settled in Glendive. His mother died when he was 5 years old.
He married Marilyn Ries on June 19, 1946, in Minneapolis. She died in 2001. They were longtime residents of Glendive.
In 1967 he moved his family of 13 children to Billings and started a Dairy Queen and café business until his retirement in 1991.
He was a longtime member of Holy Rosary Parish, St. Pius Parish, and was involved in community affairs through Kiwanis International. He attended weekly Mass as long as was possible. He was a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include 13 children: Mary Sue McNamara of Sacramento, Calif., Nicholas Degel of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Degel of Great Falls, James Degel of Seattle, Rosemary Tallon of Sacramento, Calif., Cynthia Matthey of Spokane, Wash., Jennifer Harn of Billings, Joanne Lowry of Sacramento, Adrienne Bjorndal of Billings, Jacqueline Degel of Redmond, Wash., Jeanne Winnick of Billings, Elizabeth Wynegar of Billings and Theodore Degel of Singer Island, Fla.; 35 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
A vigil service will be held at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Services will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.