Kenneth W. DuBois Battle Creek It is with great sadness that the family of Kenneth Wayne DuBois age 92 of Battle Creek, MI announces the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. Kenneth passed away at Good Samaritan Lifespan Hospice Residence on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Ken was born October 6, 1920 in Hastings, MI the son of Carl Clinton DuBois and Jessie Mae (Phillips) DuBois. Ken had worked for the former Eaton Manufacturing Company in Battle Creek as a machine operator and a set-up man from December 13, 1940 until he retired in November 1974, working for them for 34 years. Kenneth had served in the US Navy during World War II; he enlisted in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a machinist Mate Second class; while in the service he earned the following citations: Asiatic Pacific Medal, the American Area Medal, the Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He married Mary E. Rafalco on April 13, 1946 in Greenfield, Indiana. Kenneth is survived by wife: Mary E. DuBois of Battle Creek, MI; his son: Frankie J. and Linda DuBois of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; his daughter: Carol E. DuBois of Battle Creek, MI; three grandchildren: Melissa Sampson of Kalamazoo, Vern Jay Ostrander III of Battle Creek and Michele Alford of Texarkana, Arkansas; five great grandchildren: Charissa Odem, Nastassja Odem, Ethan Alford, Ryan Alford, and Chloe Alford; his nephew: James Beavers of Battle Creek, MI; also special friends: Ralph and Irene Gilbert of Battle Creek, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Leland, Alva, Rex and Francis DuBois; and two sisters: Dorothy M. Voss and Donna Belles. Ken loved to garden, he enjoyed woodworking and also working on crafts. Ken was an avid Detroit Red Wings fan and Detroit Tigers. Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service Monday, April 22, 2013, where the family will be present from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. Funeral services commemorating the life of Kenneth DuBois will be held in the Bachman Funeral Chapel Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM with Chaplain Fa'asoa Michael Fa'asoa officiating. Burial will follow with Military Honors at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to
. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 Please be so kind as to leave a remembrance or condolence for the family on Kenneth's web page at www.bachmanhebble.com
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 21, 2013
Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
223 North Bedford Road Battle Creek, MI 49037