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Funeral services for William DeMessemaker, 79, early-day Tampico homesteader and a survivor of the Titanic sinking, Atlantic disaster of 1912, were to be held at 3 this afternoon in St. Raphael's Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. F. J. Dunn was to officiate, with burial in the Glasgow Cemetery. The Holland-Penland mortuary is in charge.
Pallbearers, a number of them Tampico neighbors, are Mike Burrus, Alex Lariviere, Richard Motzkau, John Espil, Elias Stensland and Fred Cain.
Mr. DeMessemaker died Sunday in a western Montana hospital after an illness of several years with cancer.
Mr. DeMessemaker was born in Wilsen, Belgium, December 31, 1875. He first came to the United States in 1901. He later homesteaded in Tampico community west of Glasgow and had been engaged in ranching until his illness.
While a young man, he served in the Belgian army for 4 years. He crossed the Atlantic five times and one of the crossings was on the maiden voyage of the Titanic when it sank in the North Atlantic after it struck an iceberg.
He was married in Paris in January, 1920, to Maria Teresia Vonhamme, and the widow survives.
Also surviving are a son and three daughters, William DeMessemaker of Hermiston, Ore.: Mrs. Eva Stohl and Mrs. Esther Nelson of Nashua and Mrs. Rachael Pugh of Fort Lewis, Wash. There are eight grandchildren and one brother is living in Belgium.

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