William G. Demmert

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010

Former Juneau resident William G. Demmert died Jan. 19, 2010, in Bellingham, Wash. He was 75.

He was born in Klawock to William and Florence (Allman) Demmert. Of Tlingit and Oglala Sioux heritage, he received his doctorate of education in 1973 from Harvard University and recently retired as an adjunct professor of education from Western Washington University.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nora Demmert; sons, William Demmert and wife, Leslie, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Philip Demmert, of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Nora Allman Demmert, of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Melanie Demmert, of Fountain, Colo.; brothers, Lee Demmert and wife, Shirley, of Kingston, Wash., and Ted Demmert and wife, Peggy, of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Justna Johns, of Craig; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham. In addition, a traditional Tlingit memorial service will be held Feb. 13 in Craig.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either William G. Demmert Higher Education Scholarship Fund, c/o Klawock-Heenya Corp., P.O. Box 129, Klawock, AK 99925, or the Whatcom Hospice House, 800 E. Chestnut St., Suite C1, Bellingham, WA 98225.

To view a full obituary and photos of Bill or sign the guestbook, visit www.westfordfuneralhome.com.

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