DeGaugh, Bobby (August 13, 1954 - November 21, 2000)

Bobby DeGaugh

Douglas Budget - November, 2000

Bobby DeGaugh, 55, died Nov. 21 at his home in London, Texas.

The family has requested no flowers. A tree memorial is being established in Mr. DeGaugh's honor.

There will be no funeral service.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of London; sons Shayne DeGaugh of London and Shawn DeGaugh of Bridgeport, Neb.; daughters Gina Goswick of Midland, Texas, Kelli Edison of London, Andria DeGaugh of London, and Stacey Chidester of VanVleck, Texas; granddaughters Annie of London, Haylei and Jillian DeGaugh of Douglas, Hope DeGaugh of Casper, Chelsea Edison of London, Shelbi Lyn and Savanah Goswick of Midland; grandsons Dylan and Zachary Edison of London and Tyler Crawford and Gage Pitt of VanVleck; and great-grandson Shea Marc Anthony DeGaugh of London. He is also survived by step-grandsons Mitchell, Shane and Kyle Gross.

Mr. DeGaugh was born Aug. 13, 1954, in Kilgore, Texas to Robert James "Billy" and Ada Belle (Jones) DeGaugh.

He married Joyce (Glassburn) on Dec. 8, 1962, in Sidney, Neb. He attended Kimball High School in Kimball, Neb. He served in the Navy from 1962-66 on the USS Providence and the USS Hanson DDS in the western Pacific. He was awarded the national defense service medal, Vietnam service medal and first good conduct medal. He served two tours in Vietnam.

After his discharge from the Navy, he worked on drilling rigs in western Nebraska. In 1967 he worked for Union Oil Company, in the Lisbon Valley, Utah. In 1969-73 he worked for Inexco Oil Company in the highlight field south of Gillette. After six months, he was transferred to Douglas, presiding over the Kaye Field. After a year he was transferred to the Casper office to assist and supervise in the preparation, completion and production operations of a 50 well wildcat drilling program in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming.

In 1973 he worked as an independent drilling and production consultant for various oil companies, supervising, drilling, completion and production operations.

In 1974-90 he ran DeGaugh Well Service, Inc. and continued to consult. During this time he built the company up to six well servicing units and six drilling rigs.

In 1978 he designed and built a 4,000 foot depth rated all hydraulic top head drive rig. Using this rig, he drilled and developed 20 producing shallow wells in the Morton Field in Converse County.

In 1983, he started the drilling part of the company. As a drilling and well servicing contractor for 16 years, he had the opportunity to assist the operator in all phases of drilling, completion and production operations.

In 1990 he semi-retired and moved to Midland. At this time he worked as a consultant for Tempo Energy and in 1993 he worked for Star Tool Company. In 1996 he retired completely, moving to a small farm in London to raise meat goats.

He was a member of the London Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and conducted a Bible study class. He served two terms as president of the London Community Council and was a past member of the London Fire Department. Mr. DeGaugh enjoyed playing golf and was an avid reader. He was preceded in death by his father Billy in 1978, mother Ada in 1993, brother Billy James in 1993 and nephew Thad in 1997. Arrangements were by Aubrey Fife Funerals of Junction.

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