Obituary: Riley Andrew Degginger |

Obituary: Riley Andrew Degginger

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Grand County, CO Colorado

Riley Andrew Degginger


Riley Andrew Degginger, 5, of Granby, earned his angel wings peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, after a year-long battle with a rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). He was in the arms of his parents, Andrew and Mary Ann Degginger, and with his little sister Micah.

Riley was born in Denver on March 4, 2007, and then began his life of adventure at Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the Rockies, where his family lived. You could say Riley was raised by the staff and many campers at Camp Chief Ouray, where he was a favorite frequent visitor, often in costume for theme parties, or to sing along at campfires.

Riley was bright and funny with a sense of humor beyond his years, and he loved to play, dance, sing and tell jokes. He was a fierce competitor at board games and cards. From an early age Riley loved sports, and he began playing mini golf at Snow Mountain Ranch when he was only 2. He was a great putt-putter and got his first hole-in-one in November 2011 on his Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World.

Riley loved gymnastics and enjoyed hiking, playing and enjoying what his mountains had to offer. Sister Micah was his constant companion and friend. They attended Eternal Hills Christian Preschool in Tabernash together, and Riley was very proud to graduate in June.

Riley is survived by his parents Louis Andrew and Mary Ann (Schaefer) Degginger and sister Micah; maternal grandparents Richard and Kay (Hall) Schaefer of Wolf Lake, Ill.; paternal grandparents Louis and Jan (Merrill) Degginger of Columbia, Mo. and great-grandparents Louis Degginger Jr. of Kansas City, Mo. and Sylvia (Hughes) Merrill of Columbia, Mo.; and a loving family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A service to celebrate Riley’s life will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, at Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Snow Mountain Ranch for the Miniature Golf Course, Children’s Hospital Colorado Neuro-Oncology, or the Make-a-Wish Foundation. See or for more information on these charities.

Leave a condolence for the family, share a photo or a story about Riley on his web page at Mark Shearon of Grand County Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

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