Leo Demers

September 11, 2018

Leo H. Demers, 94, of St. Anne, was called home to Jesus on Sunday (Sept. 9, 2018).

He was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Ashkum, the son of George A. and Mabel Patnaude Demers.

Leo married Theresa Marino on July 9, 1949, at St. Anne Catholic Church. She preceded him in death Nov. 8, 2015.

Leo attended St. Anne High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and 1943 to 1946 he spent aboard the USS Conway DD 507 in the Pacific theater.

Leo worked for A.O. Smith, David Bradley, Roper, General Mills and Amoco Chemical in Joliet.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 842 in St. Anne and the VFW Post 2131 in Clifton.

Leo was a member of the Tin Can Sailors and attended their reunions since 1985.

He was an honorary member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus.

Leo was a driving force in starting the Veterans Memorial in St. Anne. He assisted Theresa with the annual Memorial Day service.

He enjoyed selling poppies for the legion and volunteered many years at the Bishop McNamara High School Booster Club.

Leo and Theresa loved to travel, and in 2012, they went to Alaska, completing all 50 states. They also enjoyed traveling overseas in Europe.

He was an avid NASCAR fan, attending dozens of Daytona 500s. He also was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are four children, Robin Rapp Somers, of Montana, Dan and Sue Demers, of Bourbonnais, Rosalie Wylie, of Coal City, and Mary and Michael Wakeley, of Ottawa; one daughter-in-law, Kim Demers; grandchildren, Michael Rapp, Melissa and John Kud, Jill and Daan DeBrouckere, Stacy and Chris Bussian, Sarah Demers, Jason Demers, Ashley Demers, Brittany and Adam Goetsch and Danielle and Brad Skowronski; great-grandchildren, Amanda Rapp, Gianna Kud, Aubrey Kud, Kayla Kud, Niels DeBrouckere, Ian DeBrouckere, Laney Bussian and Maddy Bussian; and one sister, Stella Vaillencourt.

In addition to his wife, Leo was preceded in death by one son, Scott Demers; one son-in-law, John Wylie; one grandson, Jacob Rapp; and two siblings, Genevieve James and Eugene Demers.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Anne Catholic Church in St. Anne. Burial will follow in St. Anne Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bishop McNamara Catholic Schools or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Please sign his online guestbook at clancygernon.com.


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