Dorious 'John' Desmarteau


Dorious "John" Desmarteau, 91, Hays, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.

He was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Damar to Leo and Mary (Brin) Desmarteau. He was a 1940 graduate of Damar High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from Sept. 18, 1942, through Jan. 18, 1946. He was a first sergeant serving in Holland, Germany, France and the British Isles with the 9th Army.

He married Rosalind Houser on Jan. 6, 1947, in Hays. They farmed in Damar, then moved to Wyoming before settling in Hays. There, he was a salesman for Lonestar Industries for 28 years prior to retiring in 1984.

He was an avid golfer throughout his retirement and also loved attending and watching sporting events, especially Kansas City Royals baseball. He enjoyed playing cards, including pitch and pinochle. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325, Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars and Hays American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; a daughter, Mary Toepfer, Hays; a sister, Arlene Newell, Wichita; three grandchildren, Matthew Glassman and wife, Haylee, Bridgeport, Conn., Andrea Paul and husband, Landon, Hays, and Anthony Glassman and girlfriend, Lexi Copeland, Hays; a great-grandchild, Isabelle Glassman, Bridgeport; a step-grandson, Russell Toepfer and wife, Kitty, and children, Emma, Luke and Jack, Olathe; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifford; three sisters, Lucille Morel, Marcella Arpin and Camilla Benoit; an infant sister, Leola; and a son-in-law, Thomas L. Toepfer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial with military honors by the Hays VFW and American Legion will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Thomas More-Prep Marian High School, Hays.

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