Francis A. "Mule" or "Woodchopper" DeMay, 74, of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family at his bedside.|
A gathering of friends and family will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 46 Grove St., Route 78 North, Prophetstown. Memorials in his memory to Gaffey Home Care and Hospice would be appreciated.
He was born on Oct. 7, 1938, in Annawan, the son of Peter Sabastian and Louise Elizabeth Specht DeMay and was a 1956 graduate of Annawan High School. He married Beverly Ann Evans on Feb. 13, 1960, in St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.
Throughout his working career he worked at John Deere East Moline for 13 years; worked for West Bend Company for six years selling cookware; had worked for his brother-in-law, Dave Hansen, at his gas station for two years; had worked at Micro Gear in Prophetstown for two years; and then worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling for 26 years. He helped many farmers in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Gordon Francis in Prophetstown through the years, retiring after suffering a heart attack. In his retirement he owned and operated F & B Bait and Tackle in Prophetstown for seven years. He was an avid fisherman and loved camping, cutting and selling firewood and being with friends, quick to tell a funny or B.S. story.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly; two sons, Ronald (Dee) DeMay, Prophetstown, and Randall DeMay, Sterling; his brothers, George (Berneice) DeMay, Kewanee, and Paul DeMay, Cambridge; his sisters, Dorothy Wolf, Annawan, Alice (Dave) Hansen, Prophetstown, Catherine (Ronald) Vincent, Kewanee, Theresa (Mike) Echelberger, Springfield, Ohio; three grandchildren, Christina DeMay, Prophetstown, Cory DeMay, Prophetstown, Curt DeMay, Prophetstown; two great-grandchildren, Aiden Lanphere and Alaina Crump.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Raymond DeMay.