Timothy Lynn Demanett, son of Arthur Dow Demanett and Evelyn Joan Demanett Pace, was born on April 3, 1958 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away at VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on September 17, 2023 at the age of 65.
Tim grew up in Shenandoah, and his adventurous nature was evident from a very young age. From quoting the colorful language of his grandfathers in childhood and developing into the chief mischief-maker in the family, his parents had their hands full! If awards for mischief and mayhem were given out, you would undoubtedly find Tim near the front of the line for participation, if not leading the way throughout his life! Fiercely competitive, but extremely loyal, Tim forged his own path and will truly be missed by his family, friends, and loved ones as he was one of a kind.
During his school years, activities included camping and participating in the Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church, which spawned his future long-term active interest in both hunting and fishing. Junior high band saw him practicing Holy, Holy, Holy on the trumpet while listening to Rock & Roll on the stereo. The trumpet didn’t last longer than junior high, but a lifelong love of music did. Tim was an above average student, highly intelligent but at times lacking the attention for in-class learning. Tim played sports from an early age, often with classmates who became life-long friends. He was a very good athlete, playing on Mustang football, wrestling, track and baseball teams. He graduated from Shenandoah Community High School in the Class of 1976.
Being a true free-spirit, Tim joined the US Navy (much to the chagrin of his mother) after high school and spent six years serving his country, and he was always very proud to be a Navy Veteran. His Navy experience traveling the worlds’ oceans, and visiting ports of call around the world allowed him to collect ample material for spinning new stories and adventures to anyone who would listen to his nearly unbelievable tales of “kangaroos as big as cows” and “being shot at by the Russians”. Details of these stories never changed in over thirty years, so we think they may have contained at least some level of real truth. Just where that bit of truth lay was up to his listeners.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Tim worked at OPPD in Omaha as a nuclear power plant operator. Marrying in 1984, Tim was blessed with the birth of his daughter Whitney in 1986 whom he adored with all his heart and soul. Later in life, Tim worked at various companies prior to miraculously surviving a life-altering accident in 2012 after being struck by a truck as a pedestrian. He suffered from a traumatic brain injury for over a decade which ultimately played a major factor in his health journey leading to his death.
Timothy was preceded in death by his parents, and he is survived by two brothers, Kevin Demanett of Omaha NE, David Demanett of Johnston, IA and sister Julia Demanett of Shenandoah, IA; his daughter, Whitney Joan Demanett, of Council Bluffs, IA; and three grandchildren, Trenton, Madison, and Warren Holstein, of Ogallala, NE; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to EveryStep Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Project.