Woodland has lost a piece of its history. A lifelong resident of the community, David DeMond was born April 26, 1943. He was the oldest son of Howard and Margaret DeMond. He was our renaissance man. He didn’t win a Nobel Prize or the lottery. David was known for even greater things than those! He leaves a legacy of faith, strength and dependability. David was farming with his dad before he could walk. We might not have called him “The Cow Whisperer”, but the cows certainly heard his resonating, baritone directions. He battled the weather, the crops, and tractors. His nemesis? David may have lost an occasional fight with his chainsaw. The Woodland football team relied on David “The Tank”. The school band had him as a member. Stony Point Church relied on his softball skills, his teaching skills and loyalty. He was always ready to help. There was also a curious note in the records about pigtails being pulled in church. David’s involvement was never officially proven; it must have been his brother, Dennis. David was ready to fix anything; He could find any part in his workshop or at 1-800-LAST-BID. If he did get stuck on a problem, his long-time accomplice, Jeff, was his next call. At the end of a completed job (typically the small or painful ones) you could hear him say with a smirk, “These are the hands of a skilled artisan”. David’s employers kept him busy at Bliss and later at Piston Rings along with two generations of farming. The church was always part of his life. At Coates Grove Brethren Church, he sat up front near the piano ready to help Celia. At the Harvest dinner, he was recently found working in the kitchen and serving the pies he baked. He will be missed by his children, Matt DeMond and Michelle (DeMond) Kempinski, his 6 grandchildren and his brother, retired Lieutenant Colonel Dennis DeMond (Sheryl). There are nieces, nephews and cousins that will tell fond stories in the years to come. There are many others who claim him as Dad and Grandpa. They will remember he was serious about working hard (and serious about politics) and that David was adept at starting food fights, too. How do you summarize a marriage of over 53 years? Through churches and jobs and kids and concerts and pages turned, David and Celia experienced the world. They created a lifetime of treasured memories and impacted every life they touched. From alleged pigtail pulling to international cruises, countless weddings and a myriad of musicals events, David and Celia were there. When we all get to Heaven and around the table for the Lords supper, be assured that David was on the wood-cutting team. And that apple pie and pumpkin pie you’re eyeing, those were David‘s handiwork, too. Well done, David. We will remember you as a great husband, father and neighbor on whom we depended. You showed us what love looks like in the form of hard work and helping. The next time we see you, we will be ready for another slice of your pies.
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