Shirley May Degele

Saturday, September 24, 2022
Shirley May Degele

Shirley May Degele, 83, of Lewistown passed away September 19, 2022. She was born May 20, 1939, in Worden, Montana to Edwin Klein & Mildred Rackeliff Klein.

She married Paul Degele, August 2, 1954 in Columbus, Montana. Shirley left school early. She returned to finish her education in 1966 and graduated from Judith Gap High School in 1968.

Shirley worked in the Judith Gap Post Office for two years. She also baked pies and cinnamon rolls for Noonan’s Café in Judith Gap. Shirley was a member of the Moose Club and enjoyed playing pinochle, cribbage, and bingo, rock painting, crafting, bowling and all kinds of flowers.

Shirley is survived by her children, Rose (George) Huston of Mesquite, NV and Paul (Joan) Degele, Jr. of Great Falls, MT; grandchildren, Paul (Heather) Epperle and Ben Epperle; great-grandchildren, Josh and Jared Epperle, Gavin and Kayden Epperle, Isabelle and Evelyn Epperle; siblings, Dee Williamson, Virginia Olson, Rex Klein and additional step-siblings. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Degele, Sr.; son, Gene Degele; her parents; and brother, Buster Klein.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 30, at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Judith Gap Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Shirley’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at