William Louis “Bill” Demaree, died Friday July 9, 2021, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born on a farm near Madison, Indiana, on June 18, 1936, to James Hayes and Mary Agnes Mathews Demaree. He moved to Madison as a small child where he started his first job as a newspaper carrier and won a contest selling subscriptions to the Indianapolis Star to earn a trip to Washington, D.C. He graduated from Madison High School in 1956 and attended Indiana University Southeast. He was inducted into the US Army in 1958 and rose to the rank of Specialist E-4, was transferred to the Reserves and honorably discharged in 1964. He married Betty Kay Millican on June 18, 1967 in Hanover, Indiana, and they had a daughter. He was a lifelong resident of the Madison community and a Realtor for more than 50 years. He founded Bill Demaree Realty, and served in various roles for the Jefferson County Board of Realtors, including president, before being named the first Jefferson County Realtor Emeritus. He also served on Madison City Council from 1986 to 1995 and was a bus driver for Prince of Peace Schools and later for Madison schools. Earlier in life, he was an assistant manager at Inglis Drug Store and worked in car sales and as a parts manager at the family business, Demaree Motors. He was a member of First Baptist Church, the Major Samuel Woodfill Madison Post No. 9 of the American Legion, the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, Madison Elks Lodge No. 524, Jefferson County Historical Society and the Jefferson County Board of Realtors. As a young man, his hobbies included riding a unicycle and water-skiing. He also built his own small cabin cruiser boat, enjoyed watching movies — particularly old westerns — and acted in local theatre. His interests also included historic houses and cars — including his 1928 Chevrolet Capitol Truck — as well as weight lifting, running, and hiking. He loved Madison, enjoyed socializing, never met a stranger and loved spending time with family.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years of Madison, Indiana; his daughter Julie Ann Demaree, of Montclair, New Jersey; his grandchildren Justin and Keenan Somashekara; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Marianna Demaree McLendon, on Aug. 14, 2012; James Mathews Demaree, on Sept. 13, 1992; Charles Richard “Dick” Demaree, on Nov. 6, 2009; Nancy Demaree Stiles, on April 3, 1964 and John Robert “Jack” Demaree, on Jan. 2, 2006.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday July 14, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow at Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday July 13, at 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. A final salute will be conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill Madison Post No. 9 of the American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Demaree Memorial Endowment in care of the Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County, or to the First Baptist Church of Madison through the funeral home or online at www.cfmjc.org or madisonfbc.org. Online condolences, remembrances, and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.