Donald Gunther Demmert

May 9, 1923June 11, 2018

Donald G. Demmert was born on May 9, 1923 in Bloomfield, N.J. He passed away suddenly on June 11, 2018 at the age of 95.

Don became a B17 Pilot in WWII, was shot down over Germany and was a POW at Stalag Luft 1 in East Germany until the end of the war. He was proud to have served his country and received several awards including the prestigious French Legion of Honor Award.

He married and raised his family in Wayne, N.J. until retiring to Williamsburg in 1989. He had a varied career which included owning his own company for over 10 years during which he worked with his brother, children and children's friends. He was an important influence on many people.

He lived a long and wonderful life filled with his many passions and talents. He loved music and sang in bands and churches throughout his life. He loved to garden, was a master gardener and volunteered many hours in Colonial Williamsburg. He loved to travel, learn new things and meet new people. He charmed all who knew him with his interested, open and loving personality as well as his gift for gab.

He is survived by Hildegard, his wife of 60 years, three sons and their wives, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, at 2pm Wednesday June 20th with a reception immediately following.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association (


  • He is survived by Hildegard, his wife of 60 years, three sons, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Donald Gunther Demmert

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James Markey

June 19, 2018

The last time I saw Uncle Don was in Williamsburg, when Elizabeth, Eleanor, Jamie and I visited with Hildegard and him. With great pride, he showed us his display of memorabilia from his time as a POW during WWII, and he shared story after story with us of life with my grandparents (Bob and Dot Demmert) and my mom, his niece. These gave me some wonderful and new glimpses of these people that were so dear to me.

But most of all, his enthusiasm for his own children and grandchildren was overwhelming in the best way possible. His pride overflowed, both with the life he was able to enjoy himself, and with how much joy Mark, Court, and Nils brought to him — not to mention his wonderful grandchildren.

I’m so grateful to have known him, and had the opportunity for me and my family to share in his vivacious personality. The Demmerts have truly been blessed to have him.

Sending our family’s warmth, love, and condolences to all of you —

Jim and Elizabeth Markey

Robert Troy

June 15, 2018

I was blessed to have known Uncle Don my entire life. From the ultra modern house they had in Scotch Plains NJ, which they later moved from, to being my vocal teacher for a few years when I was getting started with singing in my early 20’s: he was always there. He sang for several weddings for our side of the family, starting with my Mom and Dad in 1949. I can remember getting together with the musical side of the family at Don and Hildegaards house when Aunt Elizabeth was still with us, and the afternoon would be like a continuous concert. They were great times. Our last event was for my Dad’s 90th birthday in 2015, with Don and Hildegaard staying in a nearby hotel, and Jeanne and I spending time together with both of them. He was remarkable at the time with his quickness and wit! Aunt Hildegaard, Mark, Court and Nils, please know that he and Evelyn are singing up a storm now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time.
Rob and Jeanne

Jeff Markey

June 15, 2018

I’ll always remember Uncle Don’s exuberance and passion for life. His golden voice, no matter his age, was an inspiration for me to strive and become all I could. I’m so thankful to have had him in my life for all of these wonderful things. Aunt Hildegard, Mark, Court, Neils, I’m with you in your grief. Love to you!

DeLane and Shirley Randolph

June 13, 2018

God loves you and so do we.

Thomas & Libby Widgeon

June 13, 2018

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