Donald C. Demo, 87, passed away on July 10, 2018
Donald Charles Demo, 87, of Independence, Kan., passed away Tuesday, July 10, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. of natural causes.
He was born Jan. 16, 1931 in Wichita, to Charles and Bessie “Irene” Turner Demo. He graduated from El Dorado High School and El Dorado Junior College. He attended Wichita State University until he joined the U.S. Army.
Don married Donna Mae Adamson on Aug. 31, 1952. She survives at home. He grew up learning the family beer and produce business. He began running Demo Sales in 1952 and in addition ran the Culligan soft water business along with having rental property. He was a board member of the Coutts Museum of Art, the El Dorado school board and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in El Dorado.
Don and Donna raised four children and in 1977 moved to Independence and purchased Best Beverage Sales and opened Demo Storage. In Independence he was a member of the Church of Epiphany Episcopal, the Independence Historical Museum and Arts Center, Dry Holes Investment Club, the Independence Masons, Mirza Shrine and Optimists.
Don enjoyed being the “Bud Man” and the friendships he made with the family of wholesalers. He continued to come to work up to 6 weeks ago. He also enjoyed traveling with Donna and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his dog Sophie.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Dustin Demo.
Surviving family includes: Dianna (Eddie) Dean, Dan (Joyce) Demo, Dalinda (Craig) Hamilton, all of El Dorado, and Drew (Janet) Demo of Independence; 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home and Crematory, 306 W. Main, Independence. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2108, at the Church of Epiphany, Episcopal, 400 E. Maple, Independence. A Celebration of Life for Don will be held also at 3 p.m. on July 14, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 400 W. Ash, El Dorado. Family burial will be held at 5 p.m. at Bella Vista Cemetery in El Dorado.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Church of the Epiphany, 400 E. Maple, Independence, KS 67301, Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center, 123 N. 8th, Independence, KS 67301 and the Coutt’s Museum of Art, 110 N. Main, El Dorado, KS 67042. Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a special message for the family please visit www.webbrodrickchapel.com.