Richard Degener Passes Away
July 25, 2013

by Jenna Reed,

Richard "Dick" Degener, who retired as chief operating officer of Pilkington's North American and European AGR business in 1999, passed away July 24. He was 75.

"I'm saddened by the loss of an old veteran of our industry," says Garry Skidmore, executive vice president of TCG International, which owns Novus Inc. and Shat R Proof.

"Dick was a good support to TCG International and its many subsidiaries. We shared many productive strategy meetings and enjoyed his friendship over the years," he adds.

Degener died at St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee, Ohio, of a heart attack.

"His health had been failing and he was scheduled for aortic valve surgery in August, said Joycelyn, his wife, according to his obituary in The Toledo Blade.

"He was a great leader because he led by example," said Roberta Steedman, his assistant, according to The Toledo Blade. "He treated the company's money as if it were his own. ... He was tough. He challenged the people who worked for him to do a good job. He didn't make it seem like work."

Degener was born December 2, 1937 and grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

He and his first wife, the former Mary Beth Nelson, married in 1963. She passed away in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Joycelyn Degener; daughters, Tammy Weick and Sally Ford; sister, Sally Hickman and four grandchildren.

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