Name:    Verne Wright Dubois

From:  The Nebraska Signal, Geneva, Nebraska
Date:  Thursday, March 10, 1966  

Verne Wright DuBois, youngest son of Edward F. and Ida Mae Godfrey DuBois, was born July 3, 1897, near Western, Neb. He departed this life on March 6, 1966, reaching the age of 68 years, 8 months and 3 days.

When 15 years of age he moved with his parents to a farm near Strang, Neb. Here he continued his education in the Strang school and later attended the agricultural college in Lincoln.

February 3, 1925, he was united in marriage to Martha B. Hopken at Belleville, Kas. They started their married life on Verne’s father’s farm north of Strang, which he later purchased and remained on this farm until his death.

He was a member of the First congregational church of Geneva, the Strang Independent Order of Odd Fellow Lodge no. 322. He served as vice president of the Federal Land Bank association of Milligan a number of years.

Verne was an industrious and capable farmer, taking pride in all growing crops and livestock. He was a friend to all and a stranger to no one. He loved his nieces and nephews and was happy to be among them and welcomed them in his home. After realizing his health was failing, Verne enjoyed traveling and he and his wife made recent trips to his relatives in California and other points of interest to him.

Verne became suddenly ill Saturday morning and was taken to the Geneva hospital. His condition became critical Sunday and he passed away at 8:40 p. m.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; one sister, Ethel Mae Nickel of Bloomington, Cal.; brothers George of Geneva, neb., Murray of Rialto, Cal. Howard of Centralia, Wash. and Donald of Fairfield, Ia. He also leaves to mourn his passing many nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed in the community where he lived. His parents and two brothers predeceased him.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church of Christ in Geneva at 2 p. m. Wednesday, March 9. Rev. Delano Spitzner officiated. The Salem Mennonite quartet, Henry Lauber, Clinton Lauber, Wayne Kempf and Lowell Steider sang “Good night and Good Morning” and “Ivory Palaces.” The prelude and postlude were played by Mrs. Willard Foster. Pallbearers were nephews, Bernard DuBois, Leland DuBois, Hear Houck, Robert Nedrow, Dean Reinsch and Richard Reinsch. Interment was in the Geneva cemetery with the Strang I. O. O. F. in charge assisted by brothers from the Geneva, Fairmont, Exeter and Shickley lodges.