Donald L. Demorest

December 10, 1920 ‒ March 29, 2015

Waldo, Ohio

Donald L. Demorest, 94, of Waldo, died Sunday morning, March 29, 2015, at the Kingston Residence.

On December 10, 1920, Donald was born in Delaware, Ohio, one of five children of the late LeRoy and Tula (Clymer) Demorest. He attended Norton School and graduated from Waldo High School in 1938.

Shortly following graduation, Donald married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Rengert, on October 26, 1941, at her parent’s home. Soon after, they moved onto a farm outside of Waldo, where they have lived the past 73 years.

Donald was a lifelong farmer, and in his later years also enjoyed gardening. He and his brother and father introduced Charolais cattle to the area. He was always interested in trying new farming methods, and was proud his family is carrying on the family farm. He also served as a Waldo Township Trustee, on the Marion County Senior Fair Board, and was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marjorie Demorest of Waldo; four children: Larry (Candy) Demorest of Waldo, Gary (Nancy) Demorest of Waldo, Donald Wayne (Mary) Demorest of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Diane (James) Goodrich of Mount Vernon; eight grandchildren: Scott (Heather) Demorest of Waldo, Julie (Aaron) Clark of Brunswick, Erin Demorest of San Diego, California, Elizabeth Demorest of Washington, D.C., Erin (Craig Buschman) Alberty of Salt Lake City, Utah, Seth (Susan) Alberty of Des Moines, Iowa, Blair (James) Zavodny of Roswell, Georgia, and Austin (Alison) Goodrich of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Barbara Demorest; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Including his parents, Donald was preceded in death by four siblings: Irene Almendinger, Loma Kraner, LeRee Gearhiser, and Harold Demorest.

Memorial services honoring Donald’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1st, at the Waldo United Methodist Church, 141 S. Main St., Waldo, with Rev. Charles Temple officiating. His family will greet friends for an hour prior to his funeral service. Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

His family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the staff of Kingston Residence and MGH Hospice for their support.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waldo United Methodist Church or Marion General Hospital Hospice and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Donald’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Our lives were changed for the better as we got to know and love the Demorest family. David and Mary Sandberg

  • So sorry for the loss of your Dad. I know your parents are special people and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    Kathy and Gee

  • My condolences to you, your mom, your brothers and families, Diane. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and yours during this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your loss he was a great man. Always enjoyed watching all of you on the farm. May God Bless you and be with you at this time.

  • I still remember him telling funny stories at one of Grandma Ree’s birthday parties. He seemed to have a lot of fun doing that. I just know there is one heck of a card party going on in heaven now! Any bets on who’s winning?

    Wishing you all comfort and warm memories of Uncle Donald’s life at this time.

    David, Susan, Sophia, Henry and Gordon Hartfiel

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. I know he was very special to all of you. May you all feel God’s comfort.

  • So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person,Don was always such a caring person who was always interested in what you had to say and what was going on with you and your life. Always looked forward to seeing him in church. Always cared about our family and all the kids. We will really miss him and all the good he did without wanting any praise or thank you for anything he d one. He really truly be missed.

  • Sorry to hear about Don. He lived a long life and always interesting and polite to talk with.

  • Our prayers and thoughts go out to Don’s Family at this time. Don left a great legacy as a Great Farmer, Great Family Man, and a Great Person. Growing up just around the corner from the Demorests’ was an honor as he was such a kind, gentle Man, with a great heart and love for life. Gods Blessings to the Family.

  • To the family of Don Demorest

    We will not be able to attend Don’s service but want to let you know you are in our thoughts. My first husband Jim Flickinger did your income taxes and my husband John Heimlich graduated with Diane .

    John & Carolyn (Flickinger) Heimlich

  • Diane,
    I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how long you have your parents, it is never long enough. Prayers and hugs to you and your family.

  • It’s comforting to know that one day in the future, you will have the opportunity to be reunited with “Donald” again in the resurrection without any ailments.(John 11:35-44) (Isaiah 33:24) I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Thinking of the family, especially after such a lovely service… was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful father, and friend , whose love and friendship will be missed. May the memories provide strength in the days ahead . Our deepest sympathy!

  • I will always remember Uncle Don’s smile – what a sweet man. Prayers and hugs to you all, especially Aunt Margie.