GLADSTONE - Peter L. DeMay, 84, of 326 N. 17th St., Gladstone, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the Aurora Bay Care Center in Green Bay, Wis., surrounded by his loving family.
Peter was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Gladstone, the son of Felix and Mary (DeHooghe) DeMay. He was raised in Moonshine Valley and he graduated from Gladstone High School, class of 1946. Following graduation, Pete enlisted in the U.S. Marines where he was stationed in China and Guam. Upon his honorable discharge in 1948, Pete returned to Gladstone and worked for the Soo Line Railroad for 16 years before working at Mead Paper Company. He retired from Mead Paper in 1991, where he had worked for 27 years.
Peter was united in marriage to the former Willa Lundmark on Jan. 28, 1950, and they made their home in Gladstone where they raised their 11 children. Peter was an active and devout member of All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone where he served as a Lector for many years. He will be remembered as a man of great faith and humility.
Peter L. DeMay
Peter L. DeMay
Peter enjoyed volunteering his time at St. Vincent DePaul, Habitat for Humanity and as a Reading Buddy at Cameron Elementary School. He was a blood donor throughout his life, and was one pint shy of 25 gallons. His hobbies included playing Smear, trapshooting, ice-fishing and cutting wood. Working in his garden was his passion that he took great pride in. He treasured the time he spent cultivating his crops.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, Willa, survivors include: children, Peter (Bonnie) DeMay of Gladstone, Dan (Joan) DeMay of Gladstone, Richard "Buckeye" DeMay of Gladstone, Bill (Karen) DeMay of Gladstone, Cathleen (Harold) Flagstadt of Flat Rock, Joy (Gregg) LaFave of Flat Rock, Nancy (Mike Boyer) Coyne of Rapid River, Mary Johnson of Escanaba, Teresa (Don) Kuehl of Gladstone, David (Lisa) DeMay of Johnsonburg, Pa., and Robert (Erin) DeMay of Iron Mountain; brother, Joe (Phyllis) DeMay of Palmetto, Fla.; sisters, Teresa (Floyd) Swift of Gladstone, Louise Kenyon of Lansing, and Felicia (Don) Berman of Boston; brothers-in-law: Charles and Carol Lundmark of Gladstone and John and Joy Lundmark of Kokomo, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Carmen DeMay of Louisiana and Jeanette DeMay of Wisconsin; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by: son-in-law, Gregg B. Johnson; two brothers, John and Henry; grandson, Peter Francis Flagstadt; and brothers-in-law, Rial Kenyon and Jim Kennedy.
Peter's family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post No. 71 will follow at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Ronald Timock, Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden, Rev. Fr. Gilbert Neurohr and Rev. Fr. Jose Maramattam officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Church Parish Hall. Burial will be in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com, where you can express your sympathy to the DeMay family or to leave a memory tribute about Peter.