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Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Col. Keith F. DuBois, U.S. Army (ret), passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the age of 89. Keith was born on August 27, 1922 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he met and married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Lavira (Vi). Together they shared 68 beautiful years of marriage as best friends, who devoted their lives to God, each other, their family, the Army and their community. Keith served his country for 32 years as an enlisted man and officer and fought in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He began his 32 years of service in 1942. He volunteered for WWII Army service, closely supporting the combat advance of the Armored and Infantry Divisions across France and into Germany, as a Tech Sergeant in the Ordnance Corps. In 1945 after being commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Infantry, he was recalled to the U.S. on emergency leave to attend the successful cancer surgery treatment of his infant son at Sloan-Kettering Children's Hosp. in N.Y. Afterward, Vi and Keith embarked on a brief radio media event to promote national cancer awareness; as at that time Allan was the youngest known cancer survivor having that diagnosis. Keith was compassionately reassigned to Fitzsimmons General Hosp., for his son's required medical monitoring. It was then that he chose to begin his long career in the Military Police Corps. After graduating from the Denver Police Academy, his duties took him back to Germany. Stationed first in Occupied Berlin and then Munich where he commanded the 7751st "MP Customs Unit": tasked for border security, intercepting contraband and stolen materials from crossing, and preventing our military equipment from being smuggled to the Soviets. He rose through the ranks as he performed commendably in several Provost Marshal (Police Chief) postings: in U.S. Forces Japan; the 1st Logistics Command in Vietnam; and the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. Later, he was selected to serve as Commanding Officer of the multi-state 5th Military Police Group (Criminal Investigation Division), headquartered at Ft. Sam Houston. In late 1969, during a very difficult time for our nation, he was called upon by the Chief of Staff to return to Vietnam and personally lead the extensive "on-site" criminal investigation of the "My Lai Massacre". It was a tragic incident where soldiers had killed all the civilian residents in a remote village, and their superiors initially covered it up. Ultimately, through the efforts of many personnel, including his highly trained CID investigators, enough sufficient evidence was gathered to warrant criminal prosecution by courts-martial of those responsible. At that time, appreciation for "the extraordinary scope and depth of the CID investigation" was expressed with gratitude by Commission leader, Lt. Gen. W.R. Peers. In his career, Keith was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation; and twice received the Legion of Merit for outstanding performance of his Provost Marshal duties in Vietnam and again for extraordinary service as the 5th Group CID Commanding Officer upon his retirement from active duty in 1974. He was a proud member of the Retired Military Police Association. Keith was a man of strong faith who served God through his countless hours of volunteer work. He was very involved in his community, serving many years on the Finance Committee, Parish Council and School Boards at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church and School, Central Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School, where his children attended. He was a Eucharistic Minister, volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul Society, SAMM Ministries Soup Kitchen, member of the Knights of Columbus and received the Bishop Francis Fury Award for his years of service on several Archdiocesan Committees. He was charismatic, caring, loving, gentle, kind, generous, giving of his time and talent, and always mindful of others that needed help or were alone. He was a gentle spirit with hands that were tender yet strong and loved the challenge of repairing things. He had a sense of humor, was witty, and above all, fair. His family motto was "If one of us has a problem, we all have a problem." Keith had a strong belief in a Catholic education and supported each child and grandchild in their college endeavors. Throughout his life, he provided generously for his parents and special needs brother, Richard. Keith was preceded in death by his wife Vi, parents, George and Thelma DuBois, and two brothers, Richard and Robert. He is survived by his nine children, Allan DuBois, Kathryn (Kathy) Boenisch, Mary McKay, Barbara (Barb) Riovo, Dianne (Dee) Carol, Joan Vorauer, Christine (Tina) McComas, Paul DuBois and Patricia (Trish) DuBois and spouses, Pam DuBois, Ken Boenisch, Dale Carol, Herbert Vorauer, Lisa DuBois, Scott Emerson; 25 grandchildren and 17 spouses, 38 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The DuBois' family would like to thank the staff of Caring Companions and his compassionate and loving personal caregivers, Bobby Nowak, Enriqueta Cuellar, Norma Robles, Roy Olivarez, Michael Alvarado and Ioan Laver. Keith's caring spirit will be celebrated with a Visitation and Rosary on Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Angelus Funeral Home, 1119 North St. Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78215. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 04, 2012 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church at 102 Lorenz Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78209. Private burial to follow church service. We will miss you deeply, Dad, Grandpa, Great-grandpa. Condolences may be sent to the DuBois family at www.theangelusfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by:


Published in Express-News from May 2 to May 3, 2012
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