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Du BOIS, HARRY S.
Du BOIS, HARRY S. Harry St. Vrain DuBois passed away on June 14, 2012, at the age of 94. He was born to Ralph W. DuBois and Catherine Bell St. Vrain Du Bois on May 1, 1918, in Seattle, Washington. He moved with his family to Lancaster in 1928, when his father opened the first exclusively family shoe store in the Antelope Valley. That shoe store became DuBois and Sons menswear store in 1935. He attended the University of California at Berkeley majoring in Business Administration. During World War II, he joined the Army and was commissioned 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corps. He flew around the world transporting planes, cargo, and passengers to various military bases. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the USAF Reserve in 1978. After the war, he joined the family business until he closed the business to retire in 1974. He married Barbara Wright in 1946, and they participated in many community activities throughout their years in Lancaster. During his years as a businessman, he was very active in the community. As chair of the Aviation Committee, he was instrumental in bringing the Gen. William J. Fox Air- field to Lancaster in 1958. In 1974, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce gave him an award celebrating his 28 years of service. He also served as President of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, and the Eye- Opener Toastmasters Club. In 1992, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce again honored him with the 'Unsung Hero Award' for his continued service to the community. After retiring, he and Barbara were able to enjoy many travels throughout America, Europe, Fiji and New Zealand. In 2002, they moved to San Diego to be close to his daughter Lynn and her family. He is survived by daughters Lynn Graupmann (Gary), Jan Consoli (Dave), Patty Johnson (Donn), granddaughters Lyndsi, Courtney (Adam), Carley (Matt), Whitney (Andrew), grandsons Geoff (Mariana), Garrett, Matthew, great- grandchildren Addison and Cody. He is also survived by his sister, Louise Barth and her family. His wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 2009. He was a good role model: he kept his promises, family was important, and he gave of himself to make his community better. His smile and teasing spirit made him a favorite. Harry will be deeply missed. As he requested, there will be no memorial service. His family will gather privately when his ashes are entombed at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Oakland, Calif. Donations may be sent to The Elizabeth Hospice, 150 West Crest Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

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