John June DeMary, 96, well-known area grocer, passed away from this life on Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016).
He was born in Monongah, on Nov. 15, 1919, to the late G. Pete and Nancy Colarusso DeMary.
John graduated from Monongah High School in 1937, where he enjoyed participating in plays and was active in basketball. He attended Fairmont State College until his junior year, when he enlisted in the Air Corps the day after Pearl Harbor and served as a crew chief airplane mechanic with the 13th Air Force in the Southwest Pacific for four years. John was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Victory Medal and the World War II Good Conduct Ribbon.
After being discharged in 1946, he and his brothers, Joe, Fred and Leo, operated DeMarys' Market from where he retired in 1985.
John was married to Helen Louise Martin, who preceded him in death in April 1990. They were the proud parents of two sons, son, Michael Alan and his wife Kathy who have three children, Megan Tennant, Michael DeMary and Anthony DeMary; son, John Robert who has two children, Adam and his wife Christy DeMary and their children Jonathan and Lily, and Alison DeMary Ferrell and her husband Bill and their daughter Leah.
John lived happily in the Highlawns area of Rivesville. He was a member of the Rivesville Lions Club and the Paw Paw Fair Association. He enjoyed his community and friends throughout his entire life.
At the age of 87, John graduated from Fairmont State University in 2006 with an Associate Degree of Applied Science. John enjoyed attending Fighting Falcon basketball games with his son Robert and grandson Anthony. He was happiest when fishing and gardening with his son Mike or golfing with his son Robert. He had a passion for building Bluebird houses that started in 1980. He was so proud of his accomplishment of building well over 950 houses that were given in love to family and friends all over the United States and several adorn two beautiful golf courses.
On Feb. 14, 1998, John married Regina Sue Hickman Dulin, who preceded him in death in April 2016. His family grew to include Sue's children; daughter, Betty and her husband Jack Slike, their son John and his wife Brooke and their sons Mason and Spencer; daughter, Susie and her husband Ron Camrud, their son James and his wife Amanda Umber and their daughter Rachel; son, John and his wife Betsy Dulin and their sons Jack and Sam; son, Ben and his wife Carol Dulin and their daughter Jennifer Dulin; her son, Joshua, and their son Thomas and his wife Amanda Dulin and their daughters Hadley and Harper.
Also surviving are his brother, Fred and his wife MaryJane DeMary; sister-in-law, Ruth DeMary; special cousins, Ann and Joe Eates; much-loved cousins, nieces and nephews, one being David DeMary, who provided much of the wood needed for John's birdhouses. He leaves behind special friends, Sam Koch, Yvonne Liberto, Joe Cavalier and Dave Keener.
In addition to his parents and Helen and Regina, John was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe and wife Lorraine DeMary, and Leo and wife Margaret DeMary.
Memorial donations may be made to the Regenia Sue Dulin DeMary Nursing Scholarship at Fairmont Statue University, 1300 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.
Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, 207 Second St., Rivesville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Deacon David Lester officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown.
Full military rites will be held at graveside by the Marion County Veterans Council.
Published on September 4, 2016