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Robert Bob DeMarais

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Published: August 13, 2017

Robert "Bob" P. DeMarais, 103, formerly of Bella Vista, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 in Grand Island, Neb. He was born on May 21, 1914, to Francis and Adelaide (Keegan) DeMarais in St. Mary's, Kan.

Bob began working for the Milwaukee Railroad in 1937. He married Tillie Leidholt on July 10, 1940, in Miles City, Mont. In 1950 they moved to Aberdeen, S.D., where they raised their family. After retiring from the railroad in 1978, Bob and Tillie moved to Rogers, Ark. Tillie passed away in 1981.

Bob later married Alva Williams. After she passed away in 2016, he moved to Grand Island, Neb., to be close to his family.

When he was young, Bob loved riding horses. During retirement, he owned horses and a small acreage and enjoyed riding horses again. He also enjoyed playing bridge, watching baseball and football, and most of all spending time with friends and family.

Bob is survived by his sons; John of Lincoln, Neb., Robert of Hillsboro, W.V.; daughter, Janet Ronshaugen of Grand Island, Neb.; grandsons, Robert Ronshaugen of Grand Island, and Scott (Natalie) Ronshaugen of Denver; and great-granddaughter, Josie of Denver.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. at Benton County Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com.

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