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Nova Edwin Demoney 1901-1974


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/26/2011 at 01:16:12

Estherville Educator Succumbs; Rites Tuesday
Estherville Nova Edwin Demoney, 72, Estherville, died at 7:10 p.m., July 6 in Holy Family Hospital. He had served as an educator in Estherville many years in administration of the high school and junior college.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in United Methodist Church with the Rev. Max Goldman officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Masonic services will be at 8 p.m. today in Fuhrman Funeral Home.

Friends may call at Fuhrman Funeral Home until noon Tuesday when the body will be taken to the church. Serving as pallbearers will be C. W. Robinson, Earl Bagan, Barry Huntsinger, George Hess, Verlyn Vedder and Al Conlee.

Nova Edwin Demoney, son of William and Dora Demoney, was born Nov. 16, 1901, at Worthington, Mo.

Mr. Demoney graduated from Worthington High School. He received further education at Montana State College, Drake University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northeast Missouri State College in 1927. He was awarded his M.A. degree at the University of Iowa in 1931. Further graduate work was done at the University of Chicago.

On May 24, 1931, he was united in marriage to Mabel Snodgrass at Lamont, Iowa.

Mr. Demoney began his teaching career as a teen-ager in a rural school near Brockton, Mont. Other teaching positions prior to coming to Estherville in 1932 were in Worthington, Mo.; St. Charles, Mo.; Lamont and Manchester, Iowa.

Mabel and Nova Demoney came to Estherville in 1932 where Mr. Demoney held numerous teaching, coaching and administrative positions in Estherville High School and Junior College. After serving as principal of the high school and dean of the junior college for four years, Mr. Demoney was named superintendent of schools in 1939, a position he held for 14 years.

After retiring as superintendent, Mr. Demoney continued as an instructor in the Estherville school system. In addition to teaching social science in the high school and community college he coached debate teams from 1953 to 1968.

After 48 years in the teaching profession, Mr. Demoney retired in 1968.

He was one of those who organized Cub Scout pack 21 and served as first cubmaster of the pack in 1943. He had been involved in scouting since that time and was on the Pack 21 Committee at the time of his death.

Mr. Demoney was a member of B.P.O. Elks, Royal Arch Masons, North Star Lodge, United Methodist Church, life member of both the N.E.A. and I.S.E.A. He was a voting delegate to the Methodist Conference for seven consecutive years. As a member of Kiwanis he organized the first Service Club sponsored scouting activities in Estherville. Among his awards are a plaque for 36 years of Meritorious Service 1932-1968 by the V.F.W. Post 3388 and Auxiliary and the Outstanding Educator Award by the E.J.C. Class of 1967.

Mr. Demoney is survived by his wife, Mabel; daughter, Mrs. Robert (Janice) Stevens, Estherville; Son, N. Edwin Demoney Jr., Arlington, Va.; a sister, Mrs. B. F. (Lenore) Wood, Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren, one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, July 8, 1974)


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