Daniel "Dan" A. DeMarais, 62
October 2, 1951 - May 5, 2014
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rice for Daniel "Dan" A. DeMarais of Rice, MN who passed unexpectedly on May 5, 2014 at the age of 62. Rev. Thomas Becker will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church in Rice. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Dan was born on Oct. 2, 1951 to Leonard & Louise (Nierengarten) DeMarais. Dan was raised on the family farm in Foley, MN with his fifteen brothers and sisters whom he loved dearly. Dan was a strong athlete and will always be known for all his achievements. He had great pride in the state wrestling titles he held for his community. Dan graduated from Foley High School and attended college in Wahpeton, ND.
At the tender age of 20, Dan married the love of his life, Randa Ritzko. On July 8, 1972 they were united in marriage at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Morrill, MN. With faith and love they raised their two children.
Dan was a hard worker. He held various jobs including landscaping and masonry. He was an avid supporter of his local Steelworkers Union #274. In 2012 after 37 years in the paper industry Dan retired from Verso (formerly St. Regis, International Paper, Champion International).
Dan had many hobbies and interests. On any given day, you could find him tending to his immaculate yard. He had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Dan spent much of his life sharing his talent of wrestling, coaching many young men including his son Chad, and most recently his grandson Austin. Dan's greatest pride was his family, especially his four grandchildren.
Dan has touched the lives of many. He will be greatly missed by his wife Randa, son Chad (Sarah) DeMarais, daughter Tara (Brian) Walz, grandchildren Austin and Anna Walz, Julia and Sylvia DeMarais, brothers Tom, Terry, Jim, Skip, Roger, Rick and John DeMarais, sisters, Jean Dominguez, Joan DeMarais, Dorothy Terhaar, Sharon Alvord, Pat Lenger, Marilyn Kalscheuer, Diane Smith and Mick Brennan. Dan was preceded in death by his parents.
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Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
324 2nd Avenue South Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 7, 2014