Thomas C. Dege, age 74, of rural Litchfield, passed away Friday, July 5, 2018 at his home.
To honor Tom’s wishes, his family will hold a Celebration of Life in the fall at the family cabin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.
Dege, Thomas Carl, Age 74 of rural Litchfield, MN. Tom was born 7/12/1943 in St. Paul and passed away 7/6/2018 peacefully at home. Preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Mildred (Toenjes) Dege. He is survived by his wife, Anne (Reiter) Dege; his children, Tim (Marie), Jennifer Dege, Susan (Justin); and grandchildren, Carissa (Erich), Bailey, and Michael; and siblings Nancy (Rick) Gerhard, Linda (Ray) Weber, and John (Pat) Dege; and numerous cousins and friends.
Tom grew up in St. Paul, MN, attended St. Paul Central. He managed many restaurants in Minneapolis and Chicago areas, and upon moving to Meeker County in 1974, he managed several local businesses including the Three Gabled Pub and the Cosmos and Hector Municipal Liquor stores. He retired from HTI in Hutchinson, MN.
Tom was known for his famous oxtail soup and years of instructing dog obedience for Crow River Obedience Club. He enjoyed cooking, league bowling, playing cards, fishing with friends, and time with his family at the cabin on Lake Edwards. An avid reader – he wore out several Meeker County Library cards. He always managed to pull the winning ticket at the Pickle Factory.