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Lee (Butch) DeMars was born to Lyman (Cye) and Leona DeMars on April 24th 1940 in the Neche Hospital. He lived his early years on his Grandpa and Grandma DeMars’ farm in rural Bathgate. His family moved to Pembina where he graduated from High School. Lee and his family moved to Neche in 1961 where he met Linda Guenther and they were married on November 9th 1963.
To this union 5 children were born: Kerry (Carole) Grafton, ND; Kelly (Carole) Warren, MN; Kevin (Janette) Fargo, ND; Kim of Neche, ND; Kristopher of Neche, ND; 8 Grandchildren: Cyndi (Skip) Schreffler; Kylle (Katie) DeMars; Fauna (Grant) Asp; Jazmyn (Justin) Johnson; Kaely (Jack) Nerby; Addie DeMars; Alyssa (TJ) Erickson; Nicole DeMars; 9 Great Grandchildren: Theodore DeMars; Selah, Arrie, Ella Mae, Jewel Asp; Boe Hailey, Jolene Johnson, Baby Nerby.
Lee chose farming as his career. He was employed by Russel Vosper and Dick Hardy for 30+ years. He farmed into his 70’s finishing off his career with Wilwand Farms driving brand new John Deere combines. What a way to go out.
He loved his city. He served as an alderman and then the mayor for 16 years. He was instrumental in the forming of the Neche Economic Committee. He hosted the league of cities welcoming all city councils from the entire state. He loved the administration part, but you could find him on the front lines battling the floods in the spring and on the snowplow cleaning streets in the winter. He was chosen to receive the states first outstanding mayor award. He was a member of the Neche Fire Department and one of the founding members of the Neche Quick Response.
His real passion was singing. He was the go to man for singing at wedding and funerals. He sang in the church choir, community cantatas, and was one of the original members of Gospel Theater. He sang with a barbershop quartet for many years, where one of the highlights was to introduce the barbershop sound to the students at school, where he also incorporated his sons into the quartet. He was proud of joining with his son Kevin to record an album, where you could not tell one voice from the other. His final singing career was with his daughter Kim where they sang gospel music concerts all over the county and beyond. To include churches, fairs, nursing and special needs homes and homeless shelters. They even got to sing on the River Boat Cruise in Grand Forks.
He felt by sharing his voice it was bringing Glory to God. His signature song was The Lord’s Prayer. Lee went to the Lord on Sunday May 23rd, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Lyman and Leona DeMars and his son Kristopher.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Park Center Cemetery, Thursday May 27th 2021 at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. The family prefers no flowers. Bring your own chair. A time of fellowship will follow at the Neche Fire Hall. Please come and join us.
Dear Linda and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Lees passing. He was a wonderful man. I enjoyed our visits and enjoyed his beautiful singing. My favorite was when he did the Lords Prayer which I saw was his favorite also. Heaven will be blessed with his singing. My sympathies and prayers go out to you and your family.
Ruth Halvorson Jun 3 2021 12:00 AM
Linda and family,
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family on the loss of your loved one. We always enjoyed our short visits with Butch.
Gary Lindenberger May 30 2021 12:00 AM
Kim, Linda and Family,
So sorry for your loss of husband, dad and grandpa. So hard to go on without him. Sympathy to your all.
Val and Bob May 28 2021 12:00 AM
What a beautiful Voice!! Please accept my deepest sympathies in your loss, May God Bless you and Give you His comfort and peace.
Valorie Letkeman May 27 2021 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Leland DeMars
Judy Vondal May 27 2021 12:00 AM
Linda, Kim and family our deepest sympathy for Butch. He was such a gentleman and friendly all the time. Keep his memories in your heart as he is with Kris now and you have 2 wonderful angels watching over you . Love, prayers and hugs to all.
Carol Ault May 27 2021 12:00 AM
The light has dimmed, the atmosphere has shifted Leaving a void for us to be in awe...
Lisa May 27 2021 12:00 AM
The daylight has dimmed, the atmosphere shifted..
The void of this Grand Man leaves us quietly sitting in awe..
Lisa May 27 2021 12:00 AM
Linda and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy
In your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your love and memories see you through this.
Bill and Bev. Giesbrecht.
Bev. Giesbrecht May 27 2021 12:00 AM
I am so very grateful for Lee's powerful voice which gave Glory to God! I loved hearing him sing especially in the Gospel Theater and in concerts with Kim at Park River Bible Camp. Linda, you were always a key part of those camp concerts, too! THANK YOU! It was always a joy to have you come and share! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers today. May God grant you peace in the midst of loss. May the Lord also bring joy in knowing that all who trust in Christ will one day be reunited in heaven in the presence of Jesus for all of eternity.
Rodney Quanbeck May 26 2021 12:00 AM