Dennis DeGeest


August 18, 1945 - February 20, 2020


Dennis DeGeest, 74, Plankinton, SD, died Thursday, February 20, 2020, at his home in Plankinton.  A celebration of life will be from 4-6:00 PM Sunday, February 23, at the Plankinton School Gymnasium with a prayer service at 5:30 PM. Burial will be in Armour at a later date. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dennis DeGeest, 74, Plankinton, SD, died Thursday, February 20, 2020, at his home in Plankinton.  A celebration of life will be from 4-6:00 PM Sunday, February 23, at the Plankinton School Gymnasium with a prayer service at 5:30 PM. Burial will be in Armour at a later date. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

On August 18, 1945 Dennis Gene DeGeest was born to Peter Franklin and Nellie (Reed) DeGeest in Parkston, SD. He grew up in Armour, SD, attending grade school, and graduating from Armour High School.

Upon graduation, Dennis pursued a lifetime of educating the youth. He attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD, and graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching in 1967. During college, he taught as a student teacher in Tripp. Dennis began his teaching career in Plankinton, and taught for 45 years until retirement in 2012. He taught Language Arts and Government, coached basketball, and started the girls track team during his time at Plankinton.

After retiring he was on the city council, and continued on as a county commissioner. Dennis was an avid craftsman, painter, and Atlanta Braves and DWU fan. He loved watching all types of sports and collecting baseball cards. Dennis also loved canning pickles, salsa, and other vegetables.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Kitti; children, Natasha (Jason) Thiry, Kennebec, SD, Nathan DeGeest, Mitchell, SD, Natia DeGeest, Plankinton, SD; eight grandchildren; sister, Ruth Taylor, Armour, SD; brother, Vern DeGeest, Corsica, SD; brother-in-law, Billy Sargent, Greybull, WY; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Roy (Jan) DeGeest; sister, Mary Califf; mother and father-in-law, Waneta and Burdette; brother-in-laws, Mike Sargent, Rodney Sargent, Melvin Taylor; and sister-in-laws, Anita Pickenpaugh, Artice DeGeest.


Sunday, February 23, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:30 PM Prayer Service

Plankinton School
404 Davenport St
Plankinton, SD 57368


None Scheduled


Armour Cemetery
Armour, SD

Posted by Patrice on February 28, 2020
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who “binds up the brokenhearted” and “comforts all who mourn” sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1, 2 NWT)

With heartfelt sympathy,
Posted by Sharon and Terry Williams on February 23, 2020
Sorry we lost contact through the years. God be with you.
Posted by Dan Freidel on February 23, 2020
Goose I hope your the same role model in heavan
Posted by Grace Thomas (Sargent) on February 22, 2020
We never stayed in close contact but we are family. R.I.P. Uncle Dennis... Prayers for comfort to Aunt Kitti and family... I love you all
Posted by Terri (Elkins) Dehning on February 22, 2020
I remember details of the Language Arts work I did for Mr. DeGeest. One was a term paper, one a Corrective-type paper where each student had to eventually get 100% (what WERE those called?) He was a favorite, who greatly influenced my own choice to be come a teacher. God be with you!
Posted by Mark Harrington on February 22, 2020
Prayers always for all of Dennis "s family
Posted by Lenore Strouth on February 22, 2020
Mr.DeGeest was such a memorable part of my education at Plankinton as both a teacher and a coach. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Posted by Fran Schoenfelder on February 22, 2020
Dennis was admired for his friendly personality and his interest in how everyone was doing. My children all had him for an instructor and they loved his enthusiasm for education and life. Our prayers and thoughts are with Kitti and the family.
Posted by Jolene Johnson on February 22, 2020
Best teacher and track coach ever!!! Will miss him singing to me every time he saw me! Thoughts and prayers to all.
Posted by Denise Peacock on February 22, 2020
Anna and I will miss you Grandpa Goose ! So many amazing memories with you. It took years for me to understand that we were cousins because I only knew you as Uncle Dennis and Anna really only knows you as Grandpa Goose. But that is the beauty of family connections and bonds - the love is deeper. My mother loved you dearly and saw you not only as family but as a close friend to her in life - hence, why I am named after you ! Thank you for the unconditional love. My family has carried on the love of playing "May I" for hours when we gather in Armour and the challenge is always to beat me because I was taught by Goose. We have also carried on the tradition of early morning drives Black Friday to shop in Mitchell as a family when we have nothing in mind to buy, but the tradition was started with early morning trips with the DeGeest family I when I talked about it, my nieces and family wanted to carry it even when life didnt slow down enough to see you as much, I have always spoke lovingly of you and bragged about you, your family, the amazing DeGeest pickles and so much more! I picked up the phone to call you last week and wish I would have..........Love to Kitti, Tasha, Nathan, Tia and family. LOVE you all
Posted by Heidi Tegels on February 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear that Goose has passed. He was one of the best teachers in PHS history. I never learned to appreciate Shakespeare but I am very grateful to him for teaching grammar usage because it has been useful in so many ways. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the services as I am out of town until late Mon night. Sending love and orayers to the DeGeeat family.
Posted by James Nielsen on February 21, 2020
A pleasure to work with, seek advise from, call a friend
Posted by Liz Parce on February 21, 2020
So many memories of Mr. DeGeest! He was my teacher and track coach in high school and later my colleague when I came back to Plankinton to teach. Thoughts and prayers to Kitti, Tasha, Nathan, and Tia.
Posted by Britt Bruner on February 21, 2020
Great guy! He taught a lot of people a lot of things! I’ll miss him. You are in my heart and prayers.
Posted by Nancy Budahl-Lane on February 21, 2020
I taught for 4 years with Dennis. Condolences to his family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on February 21, 2020
Love & prayers to you and families . We have many wonderful memories of Dennis!
Posted by Deb Baumert on February 21, 2020
So sorry for your families loss. May he RIP. Love to all
Posted by Kathy Lawrence-Boyce on February 21, 2020
So terribly sorry for your loss my friend, may God be with you and your family at this time. Love and Prayers to you all.
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