Jean Baptiste Clarence DuBois, 89, formerly of Fort Kent Maine, passed away Tuesday, December 13th 2022 at the White Oak Manor Columbia SC. His funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm, on Monday December 19th 2022 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 100 Polo Road, Columbia, SC.The family will receive friends and family from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday, December 18th 2022 at Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home, 4645 Hardscrabble Road in Columbia. His internment, with full military honors, will be at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery on Wednesday the 21st of December 2022.
Mr. DuBois was the son of the late Thomas and Sophie DuBois. Born on 25 June 1933 in Fort Kent Maine where he attended school, leaving prior to graduation to serve in the United States Coast Guard, earning his GED later in life. United in Holy Matrimony to his beloved wife Jeannette F.(Roy) DuBois on April 12, 1958, in Waterville, Maine. God graciously blessed their lives with three children, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Mr. DuBois was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard with twenty-three years of distinguished service, rising to the rank of Master Chief Boatswains Mate. He received multiple awards for performance and valor. An expert in small craft handling, and rescues in arduous conditions. During the conflict in Vietnam, he served with U. S. Coast Guard Division Twelve, Da Nang aboard the USCGC Point Caution from 15 May 1967 to 29 April 1968. He was recognized with a Letter of Commendation by the Secretary of the Navy for heroism during the attacks on Dan Nang during the Tet Offensive in January of 1968. Mr. DuBois served on eleven different USCG vessels during his career culminating in his selection as the Officer in Charge of the eighty-two foot patrol boat Point Hannon, WPB 82355, out of West Jonesport, Maine conducting law enforcement and search and rescue operations. He retired from the Coast Guard on 30 JUN 1973
After retirement from the Coast Guard, he worked at the Veterans Administration Medical and Regional Office Center,Togus, Maine from 1975 until 1989 as the Evening Shift Housekeeping Aid Forman receiving multiple recognitions for superior service. In March of 1989 he transferred to the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia,SC as the Deputy for Environmental Health Services. During his service at WJBD Veterans Hospital he continued his trend of excellence devoted to the environment of care and of patients and staff. He retired from the VA in 1997.
Mr. DuBois was a dedicated family man with a dry wit and loved to tease. A devoted husband, and loving father who instilled the pride of seeing a task through, no matter how difficult. As a grandfather and great-grandfather that tended to spoil his grandchildren to the frustration of his now adult children. His life and lessons he taught will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Daniel (Kimberly) DuBois of Florence TX; Donna (David) Harring of Fredericksburg, VA and Betty Ann (Stephen) Barrett of Columbia, SC. Grandchildren: Kenneth (Brooke) Harrington of Asheville, NC, Matthew (Nathalie) DuBois of Murrieta, CA, Joshua DuBois of Gordon, WI; Jordan Byrne of Charleston, SC; Sophie-Grace Barrett of Columbia, SC; David (Maryann) Harring of Fredericksburg, VA, and Christopher (Carrie) Barrett of Chapin, SC. Great-grandchildren: James Dare (JD) Parker Jr and Austin DuBois, David Barrett, Luke Barrett, Joey Barrett and Lilly Barrett, Noah Harring, Ethan Harring and Luke Harring and many devoted nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jeannette F. DuBois, three brothers and five sisters.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors, nursing team, chaplains, social workers and support staff at Prisma Health Hospice and White Oak Manor Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ‘The 22 Project’ Healing the invisible wounds of War”
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