Colton Michael Degen, the sweet and smiley 1-year-old son of Justin and Ashley Degen, of Hubert, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Onslow Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He would have turned 2 years old this August.

A memorial celebration of life is at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro with the Rev. Ron Gurganus officiating. There will be another memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at Deep Run Mennonite Church West in Perkasie, Pa., with the Rev. Rodger Schmell officiating. The family requests that attendees wear colorful clothing to the services to celebrate the light that Colton brought to every room he entered.

Colton was a warrior from the beginning. He was born prematurely, but had a great desire to live and be here with his earthly parents and siblings. He overcame many obstacles in his short life, all with a smile on his face. His big smile could always light up a room and bring joy to all who were around him.

He is survived by his parents, Justin and Ashley Schilling Degen; sister, Leah Degen; and brother, Jase Degen, all of the home; maternal grandparents, Michael and Carol Schilling of Quakertown, Pa.; paternal grandparents, Stephen and Patricia Degen of Perkasie, Pa.; and several great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and then one hour prior to the service Friday. They will also receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. June 8.

Memorial donations in loving memory of Colton can be made to the SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 1523 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Swansboro. Online condolences may be made at

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