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Leland “Lee” DeMoss

Leland “Lee” Charles DeMoss

January 26, 1938 - May 23, 2020
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Leland “Lee” Charles DeMoss, age 82, of Ottumwa, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at his residence. He was born on January 26, 1938 in Monroe County to Freddie Charles and Vada Mae (Lancial) DeMoss.

He graduated from Albia High School, class of 1956, and received his masters degree in art from Drake University. After college he moved back to Ottumwa and was the art teacher at Ottumwa High School until his retirement. He later became an instructor at Indian Hills Community College. He married Marthann Mahin, and they were blessed with three children, Cara, Julie, and Brian.

He enjoyed woodworking, making furniture, working in his shop fixing odds and ends, drawing, metal working, cursing telemarketers, and watching dogs out his front picture window.

Leland is survived by two children, Julie DeMoss of Des Moines, Brian (Nancy) DeMoss of Ottumwa; son-in-law, Dr. Christian Sharp of Glendale, CA; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Charles, Samantha, Gordon, Spencer, and Wyatt, cousin, Pat Patterson, of Webster City; three cats and a Basset Hound. He was preceded in death by his parents, Freddie and Vada DeMoss; wife, Marthann, daughter, Cara Sharp, and many beloved pets.

Leland’s body has been cremated with no public services per his wishes, and private family services will be held. Memorials may be directed to the Ottumwa Library and mailed to 310 W. Golf Ave., Ottumwa, Iowa. 52501. Online condolences may be left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com.
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Kate (Hennen) Denefe

Posted at 02:21pm
Dear Julie & Brian. I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Please know that my heart & prayers are with you. Your dad was always so kind to us.
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Deb Blew

Posted at 03:05pm
I just found this article. You know how saddened we are by the death of your dad. He was one of Tom's best friends and when he and your mom were still able we spent many days at their house having dinner, a beer, and awesome conversation. We hope you find comfort in know that they are together again. He missed your mom terribly. And we miss them both. With sincerest and deepest sympathy. Love and hugs for the year that you have had. Tom and Deb Blew
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:27pm

Deb you and Tom were absolutely beloved-by Dad, Mom and especially myself. They had a rapport and a mischievousness and their relationship was about as real and intimate as any I know of. People are friends for many reasons but the best is because they just really really like each other. As a kid, I remember Dad immediately relaxed and smiled when he was with Tom. Pretty great. Thanks♥️
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:27pm

Deb you and Tom were absolutely beloved-by Dad, Mom and especially myself. They had a rapport and a mischievousness and their relationship was about as real and intimate as any I know of. People are friends for many reasons but the best is because they just really really like each other. As a kid, I remember Dad immediately relaxed and smiled when he was with Tom. Pretty great. Thanks♥️
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:27pm

Deb you and Tom were absolutely beloved-by Dad, Mom and especially myself. They had a rapport and a mischievousness and their relationship was about as real and intimate as any I know of. People are friends for many reasons but the best is because they just really really like each other. As a kid, I remember Dad immediately relaxed and smiled when he was with Tom. Pretty great. Thanks♥️
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:27pm

Deb you and Tom were absolutely beloved-by Dad, Mom and especially myself. They had a rapport and a mischievousness and their relationship was about as real and intimate as any I know of. People are friends for many reasons but the best is because they just really really like each other. As a kid, I remember Dad immediately relaxed and smiled when he was with Tom. Pretty great. Thanks♥️
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Amber (Morrow) Doyle

Posted at 05:22pm
Mr. DeMoss was one of my favorite teachers of all time and part of the reason I’m a high school art teacher today. I still say things he said to me. The world is a lesser place without him in it.
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:10pm

Me too. I’ve found notebooks of classic DeMoss-isms. Some funny, some academic, and some ruthlessly honest. Some surprising, all enlightening and impressive. I’m so glad that wisdom was shared with so many. Thank you+Julie DM
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Calvin Rush

Posted at 01:22pm
He was my art teacher at OHS. He was my favorite teacher and a good guy,treated me well. So long Lee. Calvin.
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:00pm

He enjoyed being a smartass. He was also thoroughly invested in his students. But when I hear a former student say he was a favorite it’s as much compliment to that student because, with Dad, that relationship was earned. Thanks Calvin.
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 03:00pm

He enjoyed being a smartass. He was also thoroughly invested in his students. But when I hear a former student say he was a favorite it’s as much compliment to that student because, with Dad, that relationship was earned. Thanks Calvin.
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Angela Sissel

Posted at 10:54am
He was one of three awesome art teachers I’ve been blessed with over the years. Mr DeMoss you will be missed as well as your talent for teaching us to think outside the box/outside the lines in art and life.
Angela Sissel (Crawford) OHS class 1986
 
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Julie DeMoss Posted at 02:31pm

It means so much to hear. Thanks. -Julie DeMoss
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