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Anthony "Tony" Dubois

Obituary for Anthony "Tony" Dubois

August 18, 1918 - January 28, 2016
Holland, Michigan | Age 97


Anthony (Tony) Dubois Jr. is celebrating his meeting with his Savior after he peacefully slipped from this world on Thursday, January 28, 2016. He was born on August 18, 1918 and was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church. He was a loving, caring, and hard working man whose main desire was for his seven children to know and love God, read the Bible daily and pray together at the supper table. He was a veteran of WWII, and had many stories to tell about being a fighter pilot in China/Burma/India in the Pacific Theater. For 37 years of his life he was a teacher. He was pulled from his senior year at Calvin College to fill a vacancy at Kelloggsville High school teaching Chemistry. From there he went on to teach physics, calculus, and trigonometry. He also coached football. He continued in his teaching career with 4th grade at Oakdale Christian School in Grand Rapids, was principal at Allendale Christian School for 5 years, and eventually moved his family to Holland, where he taught Math, Bible, and Science for 24 years in Holland Christian Schools until his retirement in 1983. Many of his students spoke of him as their favorite teacher, and he would tell many, "I had your grandma or grandpa in this class years ago." In his retirement years he worked for Worden, Holland Special Delivery, Holland Litho and Enterprise. Many remember him for his ten years as a volunteer at Evergreen Commons as a tax preparer and leader of an Investment Club. Tony was preceded in death by all his siblings: Walter, Jean Werkema, John, Bertha Vandenberg, William, Clarence, and Betty DeBie. He was also preceded by a daughter, Cathleen, and grandson, Jeff Mokma. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 70 years, and his children: Dee and Jerry Mokma of Holland, Judy and Bert Blok of Missoula, Montana, Sue and Jerry Cole of Pleasant Lake, Michigan, Dave and Marge Dubois of Holland, Dan and Charlene Dubois of Allendale, Bob and Angie Dubois of Acton, California and Lori and Jeff Banaszak of Holland. He has 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 13, at 11:00 am, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, February 12, from 5-8 pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holland Christian Schools or Hospice of Holland. To leave condolences or for further information, please visit the online registry at

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315 E 16th St
Holland, MI 49423
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