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ROELOF "RUIE" A. DUBOIS - NORTHFIELD - Roelof "Ruie" A. DuBois, 92, died Sept. 10, 2013, in the Mayo Healthcare facility in Northfield, where he had been residing for the past eight months. He was born in Highland, N.Y., Feb. 17, 1921, the youngest of three sons to Andries and Grace (Feeter) DuBois. He was a 1938 graduate of Highland High School. At age 17, he started running heavy equipment, bulldozers, etc., in Minneola, Long Island, N.Y., and later at Norfolk, Va., Naval Air Station. It was in Norfolk where he met Virginia Jarvis, and they were married July 4, 1942, in South Mills, N.C. They were married for 52 years when Virginia passed away of cancer on Aug. 30, 1994. In November 1942, Ruie joined the Army 841st Aviation Engineers, 5th Air Force, as a heavy equipment operator, trained in Florida for 10 months building practice air strips, and was then shipped out to Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and then on to the W.W.II invasion in the southwest Pacific in Cape Gloucester, New Britain; Hollandia, New Guinea; Moratai Island; and the Philippine Islands. The 841st E.A.B. built airstrips for P38 fighters and B24 bombers working sometimes 24 hours around the clock to get air protection. He achieved the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, and Tec Third Grade, serving until January 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. In May 1946, Ruie and Virginia moved to Northfield to join his older brother, Bill DuBois, in starting an excavation business named DuBois Construction. The two brothers worked tirelessly over the years to grow the business from a single Caterpillar traxcavator digging cellar holes in the central Vermont area, to a respected mid-size organization completing projects throughout the state. After Bill's passing in l981, Ruie became the sole owner until his retirement in 1986, when the company was purchased by his son, Don DuBois, and nephew, Phil Scott. Ruie has resided in Northfield for 67 years, most of them in their home on Stony Brook Road, where he and his wife, Virginia, raised two children, Andrea (DuBois) Scarborough, and Donald DuBois. For many years, Ruie and Virginia wintered in their Lakeland, Fla., home to escape the harsh winters of Vermont and to be near his brother, Bob DuBois. Many trips were made in their motor home, when still able to, back and forth each year to Florida, and on camping caravan trips with local friends, including a trip to Prince Edward Island. Ruie flourished when he could be around heavy equipment, from his early years of running bulldozers and running the family business to visiting job sites in his retirement years. He loved cars and was ever-so-proud of each one he owned. His main hobby was polishing and waxing his everyday vehicles and his antique cars, the '56 and '57 T-Birds and a Model-A Roadster. He was one of the early members of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, antique auto club and entered his cars for competition and participated in local parades. He loved car racing and was instrumental in starting the Dog River Speedway on the Dog River Fairgrounds in Northfield, around 1948. In the 1960's, he was again instrumental in the building of Thunder Road race track in Barre. Ruie was also an accomplished musician of many instruments, and many a fun jam session was had through the years with fellow musician friends. He especially loved playing the violin and his electric organs. His memberships included the Sorrell-Maynard American Legion Post #63, the DeWitt-Clinton Lodge #15 F&AM, a Life Member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies, and Mt. Sinai Shriners #3. Survivors include his daughter, Andrea Scarborough and fiance, Lloyd Smith, of Berlin; son, Donald DuBois and wife, Lee, of Northfield; granddaughter, Sarah DuBois of Barre; grandson, Michael DuBois and fiancee, Christina Filian, of Montpelier; and nephews, William DuBois of Chillicothe, Ill., and Curtis Olds and wife, Jan, of Norfolk, Va. Besides his wife, Virginia, he was predeceased by his two brothers, William DuBois and Robert DuBois; and special friend/companion, Beverly Ritzer. Calling hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Ave., Northfield, from 7 to 9 p.m. A church service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Methodist Church of Northfield, 152 So. Main St., Northfield. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Northfield, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Methodist Church of Northfield; Northfield Ambulance; Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice; or Mayo Healthcare in Northfield.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 12, 2013
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