MARENGO – Donald F. Demings, 75, a longtime resident of Marengo, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 25, 2013, following a brief illness, at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
He was born May 11, 1937, in Bouvey, Minn., to the late Edward and Dora Stockwell Demings.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy
. On Sept. 18, 1957, he married Sandra Bergstrom at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in his hometown of Bouvey, Minn. She preceded him in death in 2002.
Don owned and operated a successful excavating business in the area for many years. One of his greatest achievements was digging the foundation for the new Zion Lutheran Church in Marengo in 1986, for which he gladly donated his services.
Don enjoyed camping and hunting, playing his guitar at social events, and woodcarving. A very social person, he frequently visited friends in the neighborhood to see how things were going. He will be sorely missed by his family and everyone he touched over the years.
Survivors include his children, Edward (Linda) Demings, Liz (Dan) Siegrist and Kristin (Craig) Nice; his grandchildren, Nichole (Nate) Seabaugh, Rachel Swanson, Michele Swanson, Marissa Demings, Tyler Demings, Khoedi Nice, Kile Nice and Craiton Nice; his great-grandchildren, Alexis, Evan and Charlotte Seabaugh, and Cole Swanson; and three sisters, Irma (Hugo) Morissette, Irva (Norman) Ulvestadt and Joyce (Thomas) Schultz.
He was preceded in death by 10 siblings, Viviena Phillips, Georgetta Reed, Genevieve Bauer, Edward Demings, Leroy Demings, Dorthea Drinkwine, Walter Demings, Ernest Demings, Janice Darland and Vernon Demings.
A private memorial service will be Wednesday, May 1, at Zion Lutheran Church, 412 Jackson St., Marengo, with Pastor Raymond Ayers officiating. At the family's request, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.
For information, call Marengo Community Funeral Service at 815-568-8115.