John E. Demmer

Harbor Springs, MI

Formerly of Lansing, MI

Mr. John E. Demmer passed away in his Harbor Springs, Michigan home on July 14, 2018.  John and his wife Marnie moved from Lansing to reside in Harbor Springs full time in 2008.  The Demmer’s found a beautiful community and the community gained a beautiful couple.

John was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1920, graduating from Arthur Hill High School.  Then attended Michigan State College, majoring in metallurgy and engineering.  It was at MSC that he met the love of his life, Marguerite “Marnie” Olofsson.  After college, John and Marnie married and soon after John joined the Army to serve his country.  Early war years were spent at Fort Ord, near Monterey, California. Both John and his wife spoke endearingly about their war years in California.

John Demmer landed in Normandy D-Day plus 20 as a Warrant Officer in the 557 Heavy Duty Tank Maintenance Battalion.  His WWII European experience took his battalion from the beaches of Normandy through the hedge rows to Paris, fighting through the Battle of the Bulge.  His battalion then crossed into Germany over the Bridge at Remagen, to the Colmar Pocket, through Nuremberg.  Finally, he saw the armistice signed while in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.  His was one of the first battalions sent to California after the German armistice was signed to prepare for the invasion of Japan.

After the war John returned to the city of his in-laws, Lansing, Michigan where he went to work for his father-in-law’s business, Olofsson Tool and Die.  Both John’s father and his father-in-law’s careers evolved from the tool and die trade.  John left the Olofsson business in 1951 and purchased his own manufacturing firm in downtown Lansing.  He renamed little “Ace Manufacturing” to “Demmer Tool and Die” and his business career was off and running.  The company grew through the 50s and 60s servicing the auto and aerospace industries designing and building tool, dies and special machinery.  The 70s, 80s and 90s saw the company move aggressively into the military and defense industry, designing and building protective armor systems for large military vehicles.  By 2010 the company was functioning in over 7 facilities employing 1600 talented people.

While on this business journey, John took time out to build a family, he enjoyed spending time with his daughter Peg and sons Edward and Bill.  Michigan State University remained a big part of John and his family’s life of which Peg and Bill are both graduates.  Son Edward has been, along with his father, major benefactors to the school’s athletic programs.  Traveling to away games with the football and basketball teams was always a highlight in his life.  He attended every Rose Bowl game that his Spartans played.

John and his wife Marnie planned for their golden years to be spent in Harbor Springs, Michigan.  Seldom has a community and a resident come together with greater symbiosis than Harbor Springs and John Demmer.  The boating environment of Harbor Springs first attracted the couple but it was the people that captivated them.  John reciprocated in kind and showed the community how to live with gusto and grace well into his 97th year.  John had a special relationship with a group of talented local young people, “The Young Americans” from Los Angeles who perform throughout the summer at the Boyne Highlands Dinner Show.  John and his wife loved music and dance in all forms and the Young Americans at Boyne touched their hearts.

John Demmer had a history of philanthropy, giving generously to his Alma Mater, MSU, supporting the Athletic facilities, creating the Demmer Shooting Sports facility, and the renovation for the Spartan Stadium North End Zone.  The Demmer Center for Business Transformation was named for his family. He also supported Lansing Crown Boxing Club.  John honored his adopted home of Harbor Springs by helping create the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Center in the greater community.  Primary contributions and philanthropy of John’s have been acknowledged by the Boy Scouts, The Salvation Army, the Lansing Chamber of Commerce and the MSU Alumni Association.  The Volunteers of America, the VOA, named an award after John E. Demmer for veterans who have served their communities selflessly. The second recipient of the award after John was Father Jake Foglio, as nominated by John.

One organization that he was most proud of being associated is the Quiet Birdmen, a group of passionate former and current pilots.

John Demmer was predeceased by his parents Henry Michael and Anna Elizabeth Demmer, his wife of 65 years, Marnie “Olofsson” Demmer, son John Henry Demmer, and brother Harry Demmer.  John leaves son Bill (Linda) and grandchildren Mike (daughter Quinn), and John, daughter Peg (Brad Breuer) and step grandchildren Alfred and William, son Edward (Laura), and sisters Betty Raths, Dodie Beetham and Mary Heppler.  Also missing him are step grandchildren Elizabeth (Chris) Phillips and their children, Jack and Olivia and Russell (Emily) Chambers and their children Morgan and Gerrit, and Jonathan Chambers.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregiving team that supported John and enabled him to maximize life’s gifts.  We honor Laura Green, Mariah Brecht, Amber Gates and Shari Ball.  Current Spartan Andy Dobias was also instrumental in these past 4 summers enhancing John’s life.

The funeral service will be held at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI, on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 p.m.

If you care to honor John’s memory with a gift, donations to the non-profit group the Young Americans, would be greatly appreciated. Their address is: The Young Americans, P.O. Box 576, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740.

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Wilma Campbell
July 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

To John’s family,
My condolences to your family. I am the widow of Norman Campbell (who knew and admired John through his interaction with Demmer Tool and Die) Norm was working at Oldsmobile at the time. We were fortunate to visit your parents at their Harbor Springs home. They were lovely people and we enjoyed their company. It was so good to read of his service to our country and his successful business.
Wilma Campbell
Charlotte, MI

David Kelley
July 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

John was a wonderful man who I’ve known over 30 years. He and Bill took a big chance on me and I will be forever in their debt. I learned a lot from John, and I always appreciated his advice and counsel. May he rest in peace.

Andrew Baker
July 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm

I enjoyed working for Mr. Demmer from the late 1970’s till 2010.
My father retired from Demmer Corporation also.
Thank you John for the opportunity.

Jerry Jordan
July 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Worked at Demmer for 48 years, had a lot of fun with John between work, Christmas party’s, summer party’s, doing government jobs for him where I learned to do them for my self, which John approved of as long as it was on my own time. Didn’t see much of him theses last few years. He was strict but friendly. I’m going to miss him.

john cupps
July 16, 2018 at 11:04 pm

To the Family,
On behalf of the Cupps Family here in Harbor Springs, want to wish you all the best in this time. Words don’t describe just how kind and generous this man was. I will always cherish the conversations we had over the years as I know my Father John Sr and brother Stevie will. Peace be with you all now and always…
John Cupps, Jr.

Tim Watts
July 17, 2018 at 6:38 am

Bill, Peg and family……. Your dad will be sorely missed by all who knew him! This world is a far better place because he graced it with his gentle yet compelling presence. I will always remember his “Hey, Tim” and warm handshake whenever we saw each other. My fondest memory is the evening he received The Man Of The Year award at the game dinner. Such a well deserved recognition! My son (Ryan) was fortunate to also know him and work for him while attending MSU. Thank you John for being the man you are and bring a part of our lives. Your legacy is immense and I know that Bill will carry it to great heights. God speed, Tim Watts.

Milly Crothers-Silsby
July 17, 2018 at 6:58 am

So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences go with you in these days of sadness. Eddie, you probably do not remember me…way back in the late 60’s, I was your cub scout leader with Pack 84…Milly Crothers-Silsby. Your daddy was a wonderful supporter of the program. I loved your home on Delta River Drive. Again, so sorry, Demmer family.

Mike Wall
July 17, 2018 at 7:33 am

I learned about The Young Americans through John and Bill Demmer. Their passion for this great organization is truly remarkabe, as was John Demmer. When the YA’s would sing for John you could see the love and joy. John you will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure and honor of meeting and knowing you.

ken fowler
July 17, 2018 at 8:30 am

sleep with the angels mr demmer we honour you and your gifts to all of us here in harbor springs respectfully, ken and tammy fowler

LynnErin Daley
July 17, 2018 at 8:34 am

To the family,

I want to extend my family’s deepest condolences, John was a very special man. He had a great sense of honor and zest for life. I so enjoyed many conversations with him.
May god bless your family at this difficult time.

LynnErin Daley

John Dobrowolski
July 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

I remember John Demmer’s hands. They were big and strong, as was he. Impactful as a family man, soldier, a business and community leader, a role model and a Spartan. Lansing has truly lost a giant. I was blessed to have known John and to have worked for him and his family at Demmer, and he will be missed, personally and by Lansing.

Eve andFrank Lauer
July 17, 2018 at 8:54 am

John was a wonderful caring man. He will be missed by so many. God be with you all as you mourn your loss.

Richard Beardsley
July 17, 2018 at 9:01 am

My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you Bill, Peg, Ed and family. It saddens our hearts to hear of your dad’s passing but he will suffer no longer. He’s in a much better place. We’ve never known anyone that is as honorable, humble and generous as your father. He will be dearly missed.

Paul Pakkala
July 17, 2018 at 9:12 am

On behalf of the Pakkala family, our condolences to the Demmer family. We are grateful for the opportunities that Mr. Demmer and Demmer Corp. has afforded us. He always greeted me with a warm, genuine smile and firm handshake.The positive impact he’s made on the community is far-reaching and will last for years to come.

John P. Johnson
July 17, 2018 at 9:12 am

To Bill, Linda, Mike Demmer, Family and Janet,

My association with John is thru the Lansing Hangar of Quiet Birdmen. For many years he was always the light at our meetings with his demeanor, quick wit and he always had a joke to tell which brought the house down. His presence in the last few years was missed, but not his spirit. I wish you all the best as you continue on with that spirit of such a magnificent person to guide you from above.

Jack Burley
July 17, 2018 at 9:25 am

I found a poem that I want to share.
What is a friend …
A friend is like a flower, a rose to be exact, Or maybe like a brand new gate that never comes unlatched.
A friend is like an owl, both beautiful and wise.
Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost, whose spirit never dies.
A friend is like those blades of grass you can never mow. A friend is like a heart that grows strong until the end. Where would we be in this world if we didn’t have a friend. John was my friend.

John F.Rank
July 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

Bill and Ed : You has a wonderful Dad.Of course you already know that. It was a pleasure to have worked with him on the Chrysler Defense and General Dynamics products. He was so well respected in the Industry .

More importantly, I am happy that he was also my Friend.
Please tip a Rob Roy for me.

Hope the Families are doing well.
John Rank

Steve Arbaugh
July 17, 2018 at 10:28 am

It’s hard to put into words the effect that Mr. D had on our small community of Harbor Springs, but suffice it to say that his memory will be cherished here forever. Personally, I have always thought that he was the coolest man I’ve ever known. Flopsie and I will miss him dearly, but we know in our hearts that this world is a far better place because of John Demmer’s presence. Peg, Ed, Bill…you “Rinky Dinks” should be so very proud of your Dad, and I know you are.

Mr. D was always quick with a good joke or three, and I’m sure that he must have St. Peter rolling with laughter by now. Rest In Peace, kind Sir.

Diana Fairbairn
July 17, 2018 at 10:49 am

My heartfelt condolences to the whole family. After over 34 years of waiting on John, Marnie and you, I have never experienced such wonderful people. The kindness, courtesy, generosity and funny jokes will be dearly missed. I know he’s smiling now because he is with his true love, your mother. God Bless.

Jeff Johnson
July 17, 2018 at 10:57 am

Condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers to Liz, Russell and the rest of the Chambers crew. His philanthropy to MSU was second to none. Go Green

Kathy Adelaine
July 17, 2018 at 11:01 am

No words, just??

Chuck Sleeper
July 17, 2018 at 11:25 am

John Demmer was a great Spartan, a great American and just a wonderful man. Mr. Demmer was always there for our Spartan football program and he supported the Spartans through thick and thin. He will be remembered as one of the true patriarchs of our program. I feel honored to have know John Demmer. He always cared, and was kind and generous. His legacy will live on through his wonderful and caring family. We will all miss him dearly.

Cynthia Butcher, '74, '83, '95
July 17, 2018 at 12:27 pm

My late father, Arlo Butcher, was a 101st Airborne veteran who – like Mr. Demmer – fought in the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned home, he became a Tool and Die Maker and came to work for Mr. Demmer in Lansing. He thought the world of Mr. Demmer and, for the next 50 years, spoke only high praise of him. Through his years at Demmer Tool and Die, my Dad developed a life-long appreciation for Mr. Demmer’s innate talents as a true leader. I am so very sorry to hear that we collectively have lost this bright light; he is one of the few whose vision and heart changed many lives and genuinely made our world a better place. My sincere condolences to the Demmer family who lost such a wonderful man. The worldwide Spartan Family grieves with you.

The Family of Lee R. Cosens Jr.
July 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

God speed Mr. Demmer. Our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

Lawrence Looby
July 17, 2018 at 1:04 pm

To the Joe and Jane Looby, and cousins John, Pat, Tom and Lawrence, John was always “Jack” to our family. We shared many stories and laughs with him at Looby family gatherings. He was kind and generous person, and will be missed.

Herb and Carol Easley
July 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Our heartfelt sympathy to the Demmer family.

It was an honor and privilege to know the incredible Mr. D. His zest for life was contagious and his presence will be sorely missed. He touched the lives of so many and will forever be remembered for his wisdom, kindness, generosity and last but not least, humor.

With much love…

Steve Fay
July 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm

To Ed and Laura and the entire Demmer family. The Fay family sends their condolences on your fathers passing. Mr Demmer always took care of the Fay boys making sure we always had a summer job as well as today. A pillar in the community always helping in some way. So much love to Mr Demmer and the Demmer family. My you RIP Mr Demmer. Our love Steve and Maureen Fay

Russ Hamilton
July 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm

I was just an old country boy from South Carolina That knew a lot about Robotics and I was given the privilege to work for Bill in Lansing and John would show up in his golf cart and take charge. I felt like family there and John was a true role model for me. I owe them a grateful thank you. God Bless John Demmer!

Tim Knapp
July 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm

I am so thankful to have gotten to know Mr. Demmer through Susie with the Young Americans. It was nice to have a conversation with him at dinner or just to stop and say Hi. He was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I hope you can be at piece knowing God welcomed him home. God Bless.

The Burroughs'
July 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm

What a fine example of what a person can be, achieve, contribute, and leave behind. He is the finest example of the greatest generation. From serving in, and surviving some of the toughest war time battles, to building a successful business which helped so many peoples’ lives, to cherishing his wife and leaving a rich family legacy, to supporting so many causes that brought him and others joy, and always helping Spartans be their best, John Demmer’s list of successes and contributions to the lives around him is longer then any of us can hope to accrue.

We offer our sincere condolences to his entire family; but we also hope that your sadness will be tempered by the immense pride you should all have for your patriarch, and the knowledge that his was a life very well lived.

Rick L Anthony
July 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Bill & family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I read his obituary and was very impressed with the substantial quality of his life. He was impressive in the way he handled his life successes. I am sure he will be missed not only by your family but the very many folks that came in contact with him. Your entire family has my condolences. Rick Anthony

Julie Wieman
July 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm

I think weeding the myrtle for Mr. and Mrs. Demmer is one of the earliest jobs I can remember (other than for family!) He was always so generous and kind to our hometown; I have great memories of a group of us starting a Thanksgiving Dinner to be delivered to the area’s needy at the old Parish Hall, John told us to go to the IGA and buy the turkeys on his account. That tradition lasted for many years, along with his generosity. Attending his 4th of July party every summer and bringing along the Sault Pipes and Drums Band to see John was always a highlight and he enjoyed them so much. He was a dear friend of my Dad’s, along with so many other locals, and I am sad we have lost such a sweet man. I am happy to have gotten my kiss from him a couple of months ago when he brought his entourage into the Legion to have his weekly cribbage dinner. He was an extremely honorable man I will never forget and feel very privileged to have known him most of my life. Blessings to all of his family during this time.

Debra Woodford
July 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

I only worked for Demmer a little over a year, but during that time I had the pleasure of meeting John during our MRAP launch! God Speed on angels wings! R.I.P. sir.

Jack Roberts
July 17, 2018 at 8:05 pm

Just an Incredible Man.
John Demmer meant so much to Michigan State, Harbor Springs, The Young Americans and everyone that was ever touched by his heart, spirit and endless generosity. God Speed to a truly great American Hero.

Jack Blanchard
July 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm

I am very grateful to have had John as my sponsor into the Quiet Birdman. Through the QB’s I have had the great honor and privilege to have had the time to get to know John on a personal level. He gave so much to others and will be missed by anyone who was blessed to have ever known him.

Patty Olofsson Danzo
July 17, 2018 at 11:01 pm

God Bless you, my cousins, your Dad, was a special, spiritual, ever positive soul. My memories are unique , they evolve around our families, growing up together in Lansing. Our families were unusual, in that, two Olofsson sisters married two Demmer brothers, we all grew up, celebrating holidays, summers, winters, it didn’t matter the season, we were a family. My memories evolve around the Olofsson household, the many parties, dressing up for the holidays, and the “singing”! Your Dad was such a participant, that lived on in his many contributions, his living legacy. I still vividly recall a party, 15 years ago, when your father and my father sang together! Just like the old times. Bless you all. We were all raised in a participatory family, many individuals, all living, much singing! That is how I will remember your father, a joyous soul, who worked tirelessly, served his country, took time to give, laugh, love.. and sing! Will always recall your Mother, my Aunt Marnie, smiling, enjoying it all.

Martha Heppler
July 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm

As a young girl I will always remember my uncle as very tall with movie star good looks( I thought he looked like Cary Grant), he had impeccable style with charisma to boot.
When he got older and was confined to his wheel chair not too much changed he was still that guy. He owned the room. He is the only person I know that could wear an ascot for an early breakfast and could rock it!
By that time I also got most of his jokes… I also loved telling him one… especially the naughty ones.
He has been honored and celebrated many times over the years and we will continue to do so, but now we mourn his loss. RIP Uncle Gow,
Love to all the family.

Ken Pung
July 18, 2018 at 9:09 am

There are many journeymen today who began their apprenticeship at D.T.D. or later Demmer Corp. I like many others ,say thanks again, John for the life long skill”

Gilbert Barish
July 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

I will forever have fond memories of John Demmer

Castriciano/Vorce Families
July 18, 2018 at 9:09 am

To the Demmer Family,
The Castriciano and Vorce families would like to extend our deepest condolences.
We have so many fond memories of Mr. Demmer. He had such a kind heart, welcoming presence, generous soul, and a great sense of humor 🙂 His talent for telling stories and jokes was unprecedented! He will be dearly missed.
We pray that your family will find comfort. God Bless.

Tom Bodine
July 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Bill, Peg, and Eddy,

I’ll miss your dad, in the yard, at scout camp, and just yelling hey Bodi come here.
Wow how times fly when your not looking. Seemed like just the other day we were all attending your moms funeral. I’m sure our gang may have caused him some thoughts, but what a wonderful man, and family. I’m out of area, but will sure be there in spirit.

Tom Woodward
July 18, 2018 at 3:35 pm

My best memory of your dad was a weekend back in the summer 1976. As a grounds crew employee at the Demmer airport shop I was often called for miscellaneous off site jobs. One weekend John asked me if I could join him in Harbor Springs for the weekend to do some yard work at his summer property. I also spent a few hours detailing the teakwood on his yacht. It was just the 2 us that weekend and I had a wonderful time getting to know your dad better. We ended the day Sat with a boat ride followed by dinner at the yacht club. On Sunday my final “job” was to drive his classic Lincoln Mark IV by myself back from Harbor Springs to Lansing . Thanks for all the good memories “Big John” .

Jeff and Kim Matheny
July 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Sincere condolences to the family of John Demmer. He was a great inspiration to me my entire adult life, and my career path has been directed and influenced by the guidance and opportunities John has provided. One of John’s greatest gifts was to see the gifts in other people, and I am humbled by the way he mentored me.

Dean Wesley
July 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm

I meant Mr Demmer as a commodity manager at SPX Corporation. He used to tell me that he could make any part even if it was made in his basement as a fellow Spartan I was enamored with his history and love of MSU. As a veteran I am thankful for his faithful service to our country. Simply put a great man rest in peace my friend.

Dean Wesley

July 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm

The Demmers were a special couple. We met them at the Demmer Shooting center at MSU when State hosted the Western Colligiant Championship. Our daughter was the first recipient of their MSU Shooting Team Scholarship. John commented to us that she reminded him of his wife at that age and how he hoped she kept her passion for shooting sports alive as long as Marnie had. Our daughter lives and teaches physics in Texas, and uses her shooting experiences to teach several physics theories to her students. She also enjoys sharing with her students her MSU shooting team stories. Your parents had an impact on our daughter’s life. There generosity made a difference for all of we Spartans. Our sincerest sympathies to your family.

Kathy Broker
July 19, 2018 at 9:15 am

My memories of your mom and dad go way back at least 50 years, it was an honor and a pleasure to know them. Always gracious and very interesting to have conversation with, the stories that we heard, from either your mom and dad or from Bill and Vera Broker. Always could expect a good laugh. John was an icon of the Lansing area, everyone knew him.
The late Richard Broker family sends out our deepest condolences to the Demmer family.

Anahid Adams and Hannah Weber
July 19, 2018 at 10:19 am

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Demmer family.

Karin Brown
July 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Thank you, Uncle Gow, for the caring support and laughter through all of the years. One of my dad Harry’s favorite songs was “Thanks for the Memories.” That sentiment could not be more poignant nor heart-felt at this time. Our thoughts and love are with Bill, Peg, and Ed.

Karin Brown and Family

Marlon Mcken
July 19, 2018 at 10:39 pm

I give my condolence to the Demmer Family , i was honored to have met John and the family over summer. I was well appreciated to spend some time with some of the greatest people on earth..

Gary Pangborn
July 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm

John Demmer was the ultimate business man. I did not know him well, but knew his son Bill well enough to know Bill will carry on his legacy. Good times, bad times, they persevered. That is the ultimate in a family business. My wife Dolly and I send our condolences to Bill and the rest of the family.

Robert Mogford
July 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Bill, Peg, Eddy, and family’s
I cannot say enough how sorry I am for your loss. After knowing your dad for close to forty years I don’t think I can tell you, but I think you all know, what a big part of my life your father was to me when I was growing up. I’m glad that Ko-Ko and I had a chance to stop over the fourth say hi and talk to him for a few minutes. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to all of you and I’m sure that he is glad to be back with your mother once again.

Bob, and Ko-Ko Mogford
And family

Steve Park
July 22, 2018 at 1:35 am

The Demmer Family, We just learned of Johns passing and are truly saddened. We are grateful for having seen him, Ed, Bill and Peg this Fourth in Harbor Springs. John always treated us like family and seemed to remember what everyone of our family were doing. He always made sure my Dad and Mom knew we were all welcome and the famous Fourth off July picnic became the unofficial venue for the Park Family to gather in Harbor. God Bless John’s soul, we will miss him. The Parks

Vern Chubb
July 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

For many years, you and your family have provided employment opportunities for Lansing and the surrounding area. I have always been proud to say that I worked for Demmer corporation. Thank you for this opportunity.

Thelma Weaver
July 23, 2018 at 6:24 am

Bill, Peggy and Eddy,

This is your Tante Thelma. Your father was very special to me because of the way he loved and cared for my sister. My other memories of him, are how much fun he was to be around because of his sense of humor. I wish that I could have seen more of him, I miss him very much. My prayers are with the three of you.

Tante Thelma

Laura and By West
July 23, 2018 at 11:55 am

Everyone loved John Demmer! He had so many friends in Harbor Springs, Lansing and around the world.
We consider it a privilege to have known John and to have been his friend during the years we have lived in Harbor Springs.
His philanthropy was legendary. His name was synonymous with the Young Americans, the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Center and variety of other community services.
We will all miss John. We extend our deep sympathies one condolences to the Demmer family

Brenda Beach DeWitt
July 24, 2018 at 7:31 pm

I just heard about John’s passing and I’m so sorry. John and my dad, Ken Beach, worked together and were in the Quiet Birdsman group together. Dad drove John’s RV for him quite a bit and also was the pilot that flew him around when Dad worked for Demmer. He was a great friend to my Dad. Prayers for comfort for your entire family.

mark shields
January 12, 2021 at 7:43 pm

Hi Brenda, do you have an email for your dad?


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