|Lawrence E. Demmer|
Lawrence E. Demmer entered eternal life Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at the age of 90.
Beloved husband of Evelyn (nee Brindis). Stepfather of Dr. Charles (Debra) Brindis and JoAnn (Richard Goisman) Brindis. Larry is further survived by other relatives and many friends.
Larry graduated from Hartford Grade School, Northwestern Naval & Military Academy and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After joining the Army Air Force, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where he worked in the payroll department-patrol, picking up tens of thousands of dollars cash to pay the enlisted men. Larry had to carry a sidearm in case of robbery, which luckily never happened. He was discharged just prior to being sent to Europe during World War II.
Larry worked for the gas company and was in charge of underground service location for excavation projects, which was largely responsible for his interest in maps and being so precise about things. There is a story that Larry was instrumental in the idea of color coding flame on the gas company building to give weather forecasts.
Although Larry never had any children of his own, he loved and was very generous to children’s projects like funding the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes, Wis., funding the Demmer Pavilion for Children at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and funding “Sesame Street” on Channel 10.
Larry was a philanthropist as an individual and through the Edward U. Demmer Foundation and the Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust. He funded the 20th Century Decorative Arts Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum and 10 exhibits at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Larry made contributions to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee County Zoo and many charities involving the visually impaired.
Larry was an avid aviator and was instrument rated. He owned and flew three “birds” during his flying years. He started out of Maitland field, located on the present-day Summerfest grounds. He then flew out of Timmerman Field. He often left work at the gas company, walked to Maitland field and flew to Three Lakes for the weekend.
He flew into almost every state in the continental U.S. He even flew over the White House once — oops, restricted air space.
As a young man, he enjoyed the outdoors, canoeing and camping the boundary waters, bicycling around Milwaukee and Madison. He once biked from Madison to Milwaukee and made it just in time to freshen up for dinner with his mom.
Larry loved his Three Lakes home, which was designed by National League baseball player Cy Williams. He spent many relaxing days with Evie and family. He almost had a second family there between friends, residents and shop owners.
If you visited his home there, you were made to have a drink of Demmer Wine. He was well loved and kind of a celebrity resident. Until his last days, he subscribed to The Three Lakes News.
Private services were held with military honors. Memorials in Larry’s name can be made to any charity involving the visually impaired.
Feerick Funeral Home, Milwaukee, (414) 962-8383.
|Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:23 PM|