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William Demsar

William Demsar

William Demsar, 83, of Marissa, IL; born November 23, 1929 in West Frankfort, IL; passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at St. Paul’s Home in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Demsar was the owner and operator of Demsar True Value Store. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL. Mr. Demsar was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.

His is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Bertha, nee Propriknic, Demsar. His beloved wife Mary Ann, nee Noble, Demsar whom he married on December 10, 1955 in Chicago, IL and who passed away on January 10, 2009.

He is survived by 2 sons – Kevin (Debbie) Demsar of Marissa, IL; William (Sherry) Demsar of El Paso, TX. 2 daughters – Reha (Myron) Lloyd of Salem, IL; Sara (Matthew) Duguay of Columbia, IL. 8 grandchildren – Emily (Rob) Smith; Rachel (David) Ray; Kyle (Jennifer) Demsar; Jamie (Joe) Weihe; William P. Demsar; Christopher Demsar; Christian Demsar; Parker Duguay. 8 great-grandchildren – Spreed Ray; Sydnie Ray; Molly Smith; Vivi Smith; Taylor Demsar; Kyler Demsar; Grady Weihe; Dory Weihe.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Paul’s Home.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and on at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:00am.

Interment: Burial will be held in the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Bill was one of the first people I met when I moved to Marissa as he was one of the members on the search committee calling my Dad to pastor the First Baptist Church in Marissa. His daughter Sara & I have been friends since that day I met her. He was always sweet & kind to me & I enjoyed going to their house as well as visiting his hardware store. He was a faithful member of the church and kind to everyone he met. He was proud of all his children, grandchildren and great grand children. Glad he is now at peace and with Mary Ann. I wish I could be there to be a support to the family.

    Posted by: Stephanie Loewen – Boise, ID – Friend Jan 21, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    We send our sincerest sympathies to your family. Mr. Demsar was always so gracious and kind when we would go into his store. We hope God will comfort you and give you peace in this time of loss and sorrow.

    Posted by: Charles and Cindy Walker – New Athens, IL – acquaintance Jan 22, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    Rick and I send our sincere sympathy to the family. May the grace of God be with you all during this difficult time.

    Rick and Diane Cox and family

    Posted by: Diane Cox – Hamburg, PA – Friend Jan 22, 2013

  4. Administrator says:

    No trip up town in my boyhood home of Marissa IL was ever complete without stopping into to say hi to Mr Demsar. He was always very patient with me. I remember, when I was in the 4th grade, my Dad and I going in there for tiny nuts and bolts after we found Dad’s old Erector Set on a summer visit to Grandma’s house. A lot of little parts were missing but it was pieced together thanks to our own hometown True Value man. It is one of the few treasured items I still have from my childhood.
    For a while, dad owned a little TV shop in Marissa out by the Demsar home on the edge of town. I remember feeling welcome there as a boy whenever my sister Allison and I would sometimes come to play with Sara. He was a truly warm and personable man. My heart goes out to Sara, I remember that like my sis, she was a “Daddy’s Girl”.–my sincere condolences to the whole family as well…
    Mr. Demsar, God rest your soul Sir, I’m sure you were greeted in Glory like you warmly greeted us when we came to see you. I will never forget your smile, your kindness, and how you sincerely seemed happy to see me whenever I visited.

    Posted by: Jeff Babcock – Mt. Olive, IL – friend Jan 25, 2013

  5. Administrator says:

    Kevin, Debbie, and family:
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Prayers to your family.

    Posted by: Amanda Cox-Bachman – Alburtis, PA – Lifelong family friend Jan 25, 2013

  6. Administrator says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We enjoyed talking with Bill. He was always ready to discuss any Biblical questions we had. He either knew what we needed or would study his Bible and then get back to us. God bless.

    Ken and Sherri

    Posted by: Sherri and Ken Wildt – FL Jan 29, 2013

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