Donald Charles Demo
January 16, 1931  -  July 10, 2018

Donald Charles Demo

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Webb & Rodrick Chapel
306 W. Main
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, July 13, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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Memorial Service
Church of Epiphany Episcopal
400 E. Maple
Independence, KS  67301
Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Celebration of Life
Trinity Episcopal Chruch
400 W. Ash
El Dorado, KS  
Saturday, July 14, 2018
3:00 p.m.
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Bella Vista Cemetery
El Dorado, KS  

Church of Epiphany
400 E. Maple
Independence, KS  67301

Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center
123 N. 8th
Independence, KS  67301

Coutt's Museum of Art
110 N. Main
El Dorado, KS  67042

Donald Charles Demo, 87, of Independence, KS passed away Tuesday, July 10 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK of natural causes. He was born January 16, 1931 in Wichita, KS to Charles and Bessie “Irene” Turner Demo. He graduated
From El Dorado High School and El Dorado Junior College. He attended Wichita State University until he joined the army.
Don married Donna Mae Adamson on August 31, 1952. She survives at home. He grew up learning the family beer and produce business. He began running Demo Sales in 1952 and in addition ran the Culligan soft water business along with having rental property. He was a board member of the Coutt’s Museum of Art, the El Dorado school board and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in El Dorado.
Don and Donna raised four children and in 1977 moved to Independence and purchased Best Beverage Sales and opened Demo Storage. In Independence he was a member of the Church of Epiphany Episcopal, the Independence Historical Museum and Arts Center, Dry Holes Investment Club, the Independence Masons, Mirza Shrine and Optimists.
Don enjoyed being the “Bud Man” and the friendships he made with the family of wholesalers. He continued to come to work up to 6 weeks ago. He also enjoyed traveling with Donna and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his dog Sophie.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Dustin Demo.
Surviving family includes: Dianna (Eddie) Dean, Dan (Joyce) Demo, Dalinda (Craig) Hamilton, all of El Dorado, and Drew (Janet) Demo of Independence. Don has 17 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 13, 6 PM to 8 PM at Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home and Crematory, 306 W. Main, Independence. Services will be held Saturday, July 14, 10 AM at the Church of Epiphany, Episcopal, 400 E. Maple, Independence. A Celebration of Life for Don will be held also July 14 at 3 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 400 W. Ash, El Dorado. Family burial will be held at 5 PM at Bella Vista Cemetery in El Dorado.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Church of the Epiphany, 400 E. Maple, Independence, KS 67301, Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center, 123 N. 8th, Independence, KS 67301 and the Coutt’s Museum of Art, 110 N. Main, El Dorado, KS 67042.

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  1. Jim and Karen Marshall
    Wann, OK

    Don was one of our favorite people and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with the family

  2. Sally Cannon Signer
    Piedmont, KS

    I'm sorry for your loss. Don was such a great person. Always had such a beautiful smile. I remember him delivering beer at the Latham bar many years ago.

  3. Mike Flood
    Independence, KS

    So sorry about Don's passing. He was always so nice to me and always had time to visit. I'me very sorry I could not attend the service. I will never forget him. Blessings to the family.

  4. Rusty Whitson
    independence, KS

    I am very sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers going up for the family.

  5. Casey & Cheryl Mussatto
    Osage City, KS

    Don always had a big smile and an even bigger heart for the people he met and knew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Gene Lewis
    Winfield, KS

    So sorry to hear the loss of Don. Such a great person, he will truly be missed! Thoughts and Prayers to his loved ones.

  7. Harry Simpson
    Buckeye, AZ

    Rest Donald, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

  8. Steve & Sharon Stous
    Fort Worth, TX

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with the entire Demo family

  9. Tony & Brandi Vowell & Family
    INDEPENDENCE, KS

    Don will be greatly missed. Heaven gained an Angel. He was a Class act and Great Man ! He will be truly missed by all. Our hearts pour out to the family for their loss.

  10. Joe and Rebecca Anderson
    El Dorado, KY

    So sorry for your loss

  11. Vashti Goins
    Thayer, KS

    We are so saddened to hear of Don's passing. May you feel God's Arms around you at this time. Much love and prayers.

  12. Terri LapeI
    Arkansas City, KS

    I have such fond memories of Don when I worked for him at Best Beverage Sales. I always think of him as the nickname he was given by the guys. He will always be "Donny Best"

  13. Terri LapeI
    Arkansas City, KS

    I have such fond memories of Don when I worked for him at Best Beverage Sales. I always think of him as the nickname he was given by the guys. He will always be "Donny Best"

  14. Kathy Raub
    Independence, KS

    Prayers and strength for your family.

  15. Tom & Carolyn Torrance
    Independence, KS

    Our love and prayers to his sweet family. He was such an incredibly nice man who left a legacy of love for his family and friends.

  16. Austin Johnson
    Lenexa, KS

    Don was a man with passions for the important things in life: community, family and beer. The way he wove those together into a lifetime is admirable. He will be greatly missed.
    The whole Best Beverage family is in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

  17. Dave and Kim Matthews
    El Dorado, KS

    Our thoughts and prayers surround you all!

  18. Janet & Mark Valentine
    Eureka, KS

    Sending our love and sympathy to the Demo family. Janet & Mark Valentine and Family

  19. Walt and Leslie Stair
    Independence, KS

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Sorry for your loss.

  20. Bradford C Demo
    Independence, MO

    Nothing but fond memories of this amazing man. His kindness, funny stories and sand bottom swim pool have stayed with me for 50+ years.

  21. Melissa McDaniel
    Independence, KS

    Praying for your comfort in fond memories.

  22. Jeff and Jo Ella Eriksen
    Independence, KS

    We are so sorry to read of Don's passing. He was such a kind man, and we will feel his absence. Sending you all of you love and prayers.

  23. Ron and Kathy Newkirk
    Joplin, MO

    We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He love his family and his community. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the entire Demo family!

  24. Erica Hoppock
    Altamont, KS

    Love you grandpa, thank you for all you were and all you will continue to be in spirit.

  25. thomas kite
    Winfield, KS

    So sorry for your loss.

  26. John Wallace
    Grove, OK

    We are very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Is hard to believe it has been 40 years since they moved from Eldorado. Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family. John and Tami Wallace

  27. Kitty Miller
    Independence, KS

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  28. Teresa Goodman
    Independence, KS

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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