John Demos

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John Demos, 86, of Belleville, IL, born July 19, 1936, in East St. Louis, IL, died Saturday, February 18, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

John was a certified financial planner who had worked for John Hancock in earlier years. There, he met the love of his life, Jean. Together, John and Jean opened and co-owned East-West Insurance Agency for 37 years. John was very active and enjoyed jogging and playing tennis. He was an animal lover and a vegetarian for over 45 years. John enjoyed playing poker and was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan. He enjoyed his memories from working at Busch Stadium as a kid. He loved musical theater, and some of his favorites were Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables. John was a lifelong entrepreneur who was proud of his Greek heritage and community, and a fierce protector of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Calliope, nee Nispolas, and Peter Demos; his father, Angelo Sakell; his sister, Georgia Hanas; and his step-son, Don Patterson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean K., nee Nold, Demos;
his children, John Angelo Demos (Cara Wuebbeling), Christina R. Demos, and Michael P. (Chirawan) Demos;
his step-son, Robin (Jeanette) Patterson;
five grandchildren, Theo Demos, Chariya Demos, Jayda Demos, Beth (Dan) Gray, and Sara Patterson;
a sister, Mary Helen (Mike) Papachrisanthou;
and many loving nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2023, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Trisagion Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Achilles Karathanos officiating.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.



10 Comments on John Demos

Rita tenner said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2023 at 10:01 PM

Sending a note of sympathy across the miles. Sorry that it is not possible to personally express my condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Bobbie Jean Benesh said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2023 at 12:38 PM

To Jean & the Demos & Nold Family. I'm so sorry for your loss. John was a very sweet and kind man.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Wayne Holcomb said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Sorry for your loss Jean, may you know the comfort and peace that comes from above and may you find help and strength in those you love. With sympathy Wayne & Donna Holcomb.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Katie Kempf said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2023 at 5:03 PM

Sending you all the love ❤️ I’m so sorry for your loss…

  • Seattle
  • WA said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2023 at 4:31 PM

Jean , children and the rest of the family. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in peace of God’s arms.

  • Mess
  • Ax
Brian said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2023 at 12:37 PM

God Bless John, one of the finest men I've ever had to pleasure to know. RIP, you will be missed.

  • Taylor
  • IL
Georgia and Thurman said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2023 at 10:35 AM

Dearest Jean, May Helen, and Family, Our deepest Condolences for your loss. May God comfort your hearts. John was a wonderful man. May his memory be eternal. Georgia and Thurman (Nic and Tula Family)

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Stacey Clark said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2023 at 7:03 PM

I am so very sorry for loss of Mr. John. He was an Amazing, Sweet, Very Smart guy & may I add funny & he loves to singgggg. As I am typing this, I am crying but I am also thinking about How Special Mrs. Jean & Mr. John are to Me. I met this BEAUTIFUL FAMILY & FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BOTH OF THEM. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND MY ♥ GOES OUT TO ALL OF THEM. WE ARE KEEPING YOU ALL IN PRAYER & MAY GOD STRENGTHEN EACH & EVERY ONE OF YOU. I LOVE YOU FAMILY AND I AM HERE IF YOU NEED ME. LOVE, STACEY (MR. JOHN CAREGIVER) 🙏🙏🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bonnie Guest said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2023 at 1:10 PM

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kevin & Sindy Kubitschek said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2023 at 10:11 AM

To Jean & the entire family, please accept our sincere condolences on John's death. He was a good man.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois

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