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Frank James DeMars
Date of Death: November, 01 2019

          Frank James DeMars, 92, Escanaba, passed away on November 1, 2019 (fittingly on All-Saints day) at the Bishop Noa Home surrounded by family. He was born on September 22, 1927 in Escanaba, son of the late Joseph and Marie (Pepin) DeMars.
          Frank graduated from Escanaba High School and was a lifelong resident of Escanaba. In 1951 he married the former Jacqueline Desmond. He was a member of St. Anne's church and served as an usher there. Frank was a devout Catholic who truly believed God loves everyone and is always there to take care of his children, which he taught his own children to believe and trust in God no matter what.
          He served in the U.S. Army as a company clerk at Fort Richardson in Alaska. Frank built eight houses and seven camps by hand with his sons. He taught each of his children you can do anything you put your mind to and nothing is impossible if you believe you can do it. Frank was employed by Delta Hardware, the City of Escanaba and Mead Paper where he retired from after 33 years.
          Frank loved the simple things in life and often stated, "the best things in life are the simple things". He was an avid Packer fan, win or lose. Frank loved the outdoors, hunting, ice fishing, skiing, ice skating, roller skating. He also loved dancing, music, and usually sang along loudly.
          He is survived by five children: Nancy LaPalm, Alan (Karen) DeMars, Joseph (Sandy) DeMars, Timothy (Sandra) DeMars and Paul (Kerri) DeMars, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
          Frank was preceded in death by his parents, a son: Tom DeMars, one brother, twelve sisters, a granddaughter: Tina Kelloneimi and a son-in-law: Glenn LaPalm.
          Frank was truly loved and admired and will be missed by all who met him. His Bishop Noa Home family enjoyed his many stories, songs and his big smile.
          His family wishes to thank all who were a part of his life the past 8 years at the Bishop Noa Home.
          Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday November 7, 2019 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home (400 S 10th St., Escanaba, MI 49829), with Delta County Veterans Council rites at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday at St. Anne's Church with Fr. Francis DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church parish hall. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
          Please visit to send online condolences to his family.

  • "So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You were very lucky to have had the time with him. Our prayers are with you and your families. He had the greatest smile."
    -Judith A Richards (Villeneuve)

  • "Frank was a wonderful Guy. I didn't get to know him until these last few years, but his light shone so brightly, one could not help but like him. He told stories of his younger days on North 14th Street, and he talked about people I knew many years later, because I lived across the street from him, only he wasn't there when I lived there years after he did. His stories always made us smile and laugh. In return we made him smile and made laugh as well. He always wondered how he got there (Bishop Noa Home). Instead of repeating myself, I told him how he parachuted down from a hole in the ceiling and everyone looked up and asked who that man was in the parachute.” He laughed so hard, I didn't think he was going to stop. Now he is in the Heavenly place and he knows how he got there and so much more. He is not confused any more. His voice will be missed, but we can think of him with a smile, and know that where he is now, he is singing a happy song. "
    -Bud Lemire

  • "So sorry to hear this. He was a very special person. He will be missed."

  • "My heart goes out to your family with deepest sympathy. Bishop Noa Home will not be the same without Frank strolling the halls. However, heaven will be a much livelier place! Frank was definitely a favorite of mine (and of so many others). I first met Frank through his daughter, Nancy (LaPalm), who was my mom's (Hazel Gillis) nurse. My mom and Frank both lived at Bishop Noa Home for about the same amount of time. During the past eight years ... they shared many laughs together. Frank made my dinner hour visits with my mom more light-hearted. He had the best outlook and was a wonderful story-teller. I feel fortunate to have known him and I will always remember him fondly. May the many smiles that your dad brought to you bring you comfort during this very difficult time. "
    -Nancy LeGault

  • "I am so sorry I can't make it today. So many memories of your dad. He was always smiling and happy. We grew up with all of you, I am so sorry for your loss. hugs and love, Denise and Dick ."
    -Denise Weber

  • "I was raised to view all my aunt's and uncles as hero's. People that always were glad to see me, would always keep me safe, and shared whatever they had. Frank never let me down. Goodbye to my last uncle and a hero I'll never forget."
    -Mark A MORTIER

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