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Degard, George Arthur


George Arthur Degard passed away peacefully on December 30, 2020, at the age of 77. “Chief”, to those who knew him, was full of wisdom, humor, and merciless wit.  He was born December 15, 1943, in Miami, Florida, to Charles Sr. and Elsie (Knoebel) Degard. He graduated from Hialeah High School in 1962, obtained an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administration from the Community College of the Air Force, and was a graduate of the Tactical Air Command Noncommissioned Officers Academy and the Senior Noncommissioned Officers Academy.  He began his long and distinguished military career in June 1962 and was stationed in Florida, California, Arizona, South Vietnam, Libya, the Philippines, and Thailand, where he met his wife.  He married Pamlak in November 1971 and moved to Arizona.  In May 1978, Chief Degard was selected for special duty with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) where he served as the Administrative Superintendent to the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and Intelligence and as Noncommissioned Officer-in Charge and Administrative Superintendent to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics Division, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) at Brunssum City, The Netherlands.  In October 1982, he came to Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, as Superintendent, Base Administration, and resided in Benbrook with his wife and only child, Amanda.  During his military lifetime, he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Metal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal twice.  In 1992, Chief Degard retired after 30 years of remarkable service.  Soon after, he began his career as a detention officer for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and retired after 17 years.  Over the last several years, he worked as a federal security officer for inpatient inmates at various county hospitals.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Pamlak of Benbrook, TX; daughter, Amanda Donihoo and her husband Scott Donihoo of Sachse, TX; grandson, Pierce Donihoo; sister, Carol Schulze and her husband Paul Schulze of Ocala, FL; brother-in-law Prasit Ruenvouth of Benbrook; beloved cat, Floyd; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his older brother Charles Degard, Jr., and his beloved canine companion, Penny.

He touched many hearts and always thrived to help anyone.  He loved sports, financial planning, spending time with his family, catching up with friends, and keeping up with the latest technology.  Chief led a full and remarkable life and was valiant to the end.  He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, worker, and a great friend to many and will be incredibly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at DFW National Cemetery located at 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas TX 75211 on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 10:00 am.

11 replies on “Degard, George Arthur”

Jo en José Hebels says:

Pam, Amanda and Familie My condolences and I wish you a lot of strength with this great loss of Georg Degard. Wishes Jo and José Hebels and Family. I am a brother of Ron Hebels.



Ellie says:

Sending love & light through the universe to you & your family. May your hearts be filled with all that you need. MCL from your JuggaSista Community

Alice Hanson says:

George was such a character! His funny bone was active for sure. My heart is hurting for all of you. He had an amazing life. I’m glad to have known him.

Belinda says:

My heart goes out to you, Pam and Amanda. I will really miss George. We poked each other on FaceBook and I always looked forward to his funny comments. The group won’t be the same without him.

Amanda D says:

Dad, I miss you sooooooo much! You’re genuinely missed by many but know that Pierce and I are keeping up with the “Dad” jokes and Scott has been a significant help in taking over as man of the family. And to Mom, you’ve always got me and I love you both, always. #AbsentFromEarthButAlwaysInOurHearts Love you, Daddy!

Tony Staggs says:

A good friend. George and I were roommates and coworkers st McClellan AFB C A in 196- 1970. We had many good experiences. He was a solid and dedicated friend. My heart goes out to all his friends and family right now. RIP fellow Chief.

James Criswell says:

Rode many years back and forth to the county facilities. Swapped many stories on those journeys; his always had endings that I did not expect. Keep soaring dear friend.

James Criswell says:

Worked with George many years at the various county facilities. Shared a lot stories together;only his never ended the way I thought. Proud to have known you as my friend.

Fia Vreuls Hebels sister of Ron says:

Pam,Amanda and Family My Condolances and I wish you a lot of strength with this great lost of George Degard. Wishes Fia Hebels. I am a Sister of Ron Hebels.

Ron Hebels says:

To my best friend “Big Bro George”,
Dear Pammie, Amanda, Scott, Pierce and Prasit, we are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered.
Our condolences with George.
What must this be a very big lost for you Pammie, Amanda, Scott, Pierce and brother in law Prasit and everyone who known George.
so for us,

George was the Greates Chief you ever could know, i always called you “Big Bro George” you were always a great friend and a good guy, with the biggest heart on the right place of all the people i know, George we miss you, and all your jokes. never forget you Bro. The time we sitting and laughing thogether with you and Pammie in the livingroom, and in the car on our daytrips with you both, George. You let see us all the sightseeing in Texas, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Amarillo, Space Center Houston and natural-bridge-caverns of texas. And so many more places…… We drove to the casino’s in Oklahoma. Stay up 24 hours in the casino hahaha. The many stories we swapped on those journeys, we will never will forget that George.
In okt 2014 when you and Pammie visit us in the Netherlands for a holiday after 31 years and stay at our house visit your old good friends, my parrents Rika and Geert, you both make a wish come true for mom and dad,
Thanks for all the good time we spend together.

Ron, Danielle, Stefan and Eline Hebels

George rest in peace Big Bro.

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