John Philip Dubé

John Philip Dubé

The family of John Philip Dubé (Jack) sadly announces his passing on August 26, 2011. Jack lived a full, enriched life.

He was born on April 22, 1921, to Philip and Merimee Dubé, in Wallace, Idaho, where he spent his early years. He lost his mother at age one and a half, and was raised by his father and stepmother, Minnie. He moved to Southern California when he was five. Here he met and went to school with Martha, his future wife and the love of his life.

Between 1927 and 1940, Jack resided in Southern California and Eastern Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep School in Spokane, Wash., and then attended Washington State in Pullman, Wash., for a year before entering the service.

In September 1940, at the age of 19, and with the realization that war was imminent, he enlisted in the Army.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he was assigned to duty as Sergeant of the Guard at Fort Shafter on the outskirts of Honolulu, Hawaii. Jack received his commission and was trained as a paratrooper at Fort Benning, Ga., followed by postings to Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, N.C. Assignment with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division took him to Nottingham, England. He made a combat jump during Operation Market Garden' near Nijmegen, Holland, where he led a squad to help capture the Waal Bridge. He also saw combat action during the Battle of the Bulge in the siege of Bastogne, Belgium, in the winter of 1944 to 1945. After Bastogne, on cessation of hostilities, Jack was selected as part of the Honor Guard at the Allied Supreme Headquarters in Germany. In the course of his distinguished service, Jack attained the rank of Captain and was awarded the Purple Heart for an injury sustained at Nijmegen, as well as the Bronze Star.

He always remembered and had a place in his heart for those who did not return from the war.

Jack married Martha at the post chapel at Camp Mackall, N.C., in January 1944.

In the immediate years after the war, Jack raised a family, attended college, and worked a full time job at a plywood mill. In 1950, he graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in Agriculture Education.

Jack (Mr. Dubé) taught Vocational Agriculture and was an FFA advisor for almost 25 years at Phoenix High School, Phoenix, Ore. He established many important and long lasting relationships with his students and co-workers. After retirement from teaching, he went on to work for another five years in continuing education with the State Department of Education.

Before and after retiring, Jack's many interests included the study of coins, wood working, recycling, composting, and a rousing game of cards. Jack was a Master Gardener and an accomplished puzzle master. There was nothing more important in his life than family. He and
Martha raised seven devoted children.

Most recently, Jack made many wonderful friends at Pioneer Village in Jacksonville, Ore.

Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha; three sons, Steve (Charlotte) Dubé, of Ontario, Ore., John Dubé, of Manzanita, Ore., and Tom Dubé, of Jacksonville, Ore.; three daughters, Joan Dubé, of Jacksonville, Ore., Anne (Peter) Bellamy, of Oregon City, Ore., and Mary Jean Dubé (Hans Dippel), of Santa Rosa, Calif.; six grandchildren, Martha (Matt) Stockton, Philip (Tia) Dubé, Mark (Michele) Dubé, Simon Bellamy, Sarah (Garrett) Strudler, and Jack Dippel; four great-grandchildren, Ruby and Willa Stockton, and Owen and Ella Dubé.

He was preceded in death by his dear daughter, Michele, and his two brothers, Ronald and Maurice.

A private family service will be held at the Eagle Point VA National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. An open informal gathering to honor Jack's life will be held at Pioneer Village, Jacksonville, Ore., in the Bistro from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., on Friday September 9, 2011.

Jack had a love of animals. He also spent 26 years of volunteer service delivering meals locally with Food and Friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Oregon Humane Society, 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford, OR 97501, and Food and Friends, PO Box 3275, Central Point, OR 97502.

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