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James B. Degnan

August 23, 1952 - February 24, 2020

Burial Date February 24, 2021

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James Bernard Degnan, 67 of La Crosse died Monday, February 24, 2020 in his home in La Crosse from natural causes. He was born August 23, 1952 in Lake City, Minnesota to John W. and Kathryn M. (Logelin) Degnan.

James was a carpenter and musician, playing trumpet, trombone and flugel horn as well as piano. As a carpenter, he enjoyed continually fixing up his house as well as working on his siblings’ and parents’ homes.

Jim’s passion for music led him to co-found his first band while still in high school; K&D Bootery. The ten piece band included a full brass section, directed by Jim. This band opened for Wayne Cochran, “The White Knight of Soul,” at the Varsity Club. More recently he was in avant-garde artist, Billy Curmano’s New X Art Ensemble, which played experimental music as art performing in Death Valley and even concerts for cows. Jim played in a number of LaCrosse and Winona bands throughout the years, some with his late cousin Jeanie Beyers (Chichanowski), who was a gifted singer. He enjoyed customizing his horns as well as having unique custom horns made.

Friends remember Jim as very kindhearted, generous and carefree. He was always joking and making light of any situation. He enjoyed taking his older brother, Paul, out for lunch.

He is survived by two sisters, Ruth (Daniel) McIntyre of La Crosse and Barbara (Danny) Leoni of Rosamond, California; two brothers, Paul of West Salem and Jack of La Crosse; and one nephew, Christopher Degnan of Chicago. He is also survived by one uncle, Donald Logelin of La Crosse, and one aunt, Clarice Bidney of Shoreview, Minn.

James was preceded in death by his parents, John and Kay Degnan of La Crosse.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home, 1501 West Ave. South, La Crosse, Wis. Rev. Rick Roberts will officiate with internment to be held in Catholic Cemetery, 519 Losey Blvd. S., La Crosse, Wis. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 AM until the time of services at the funeral home on Wednesday.

To attend the service virtually, please follow the link attached. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89287458736