Richard DeMerse

Richard P. DeMerse

Saturday, July 31st, 1926 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Richard P. DeMerse, age 93, of Saranac Lake, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 at his home following a brief illness.

Born in Saranac Lake, New York on July 31, 1926, he was the son of Leo and Doris (Watson) Demers. Richard married Marilyn Miller on July 31, 1948 at Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician in Saranac Lake.

As a young man, Richard had worked as a bell hop for the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, Keough Marina refinishing wood boats, several of which are on display at the Blue Mountain Lake Museum, for 21 years, and later worked at the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake Maintenance Department for over 47 years. Richard was a member of the Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club Marksman Pistol Team and in 1997 was awarded a life membership for dedicated services to the Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club. He is a veteran of the United States Army serving during the World War II from 1944 to 1946 and the Airforce Reserve as Airman First Class and was honorably discharged from the reserves February 14, 1954.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Marilyn of Saranac Lake, two daughters Lee Anne DeMerse of Vermontville, and Diane DeMerse (Joseph Delaney, Jr.) of Hollywood, FL, one brother Dean DeMerse of Ft. Deposit, AL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers Robert and William and one sister Alice O'Hare.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services and internment will take place at the convenience of the family in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake.

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Cathy Wigger

Posted at 03:29pm
Dear Marilyn and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Dick. Memories came back to me about our get togethers in your River St. apartment, Dick and Bill water skiing Sunday mornings, and the picnics with the girls at Fish Creek.
I hope these special memories help to comfort you and let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lena Wigger

Robert North

Posted at 01:50pm
Dear Marilyn and family: Bob and I wish to express our sincere sympathies for your loss. We will always remember Dick as one of the most likable people we have ever known. Everybody that knew him will certainly feel the same way. Coralie North

John Trummer

Posted at 03:34pm
Condolences and love to all the family.

John and Cindy Trummer

Esther de Ipolyi

Posted at 11:22am
My love and sympathy to the family. You had him for such a long and love filled time. I remember a very ingenious and wise man, always cheerful. My mother trusted him implicitly and always listened to his advice. She respected few as much as she did him. I am so sorry he is gone.

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