Edward “Frenchy” DuBois: Jan. 4, 1947-Dec. 12, 2017

Beloved husband, father, son and friend Edward “Frenchy” DuBois, 70, passed away on Dec. 12, 2017, at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Edward DuBois was born in Abbeville, La., on Jan. 4, 1947, to Eddie and Wanda DuBois. In 1963, he joined the Navy and attended recruit training at San Diego. Following aircraft mechanic training, he was assigned to Heavy Attack Squadron 2 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island; followed by service in Vietnam with later duties at GSE, NAS Whidbey Island; Attack Squadron 128; Attack Squadron 95 (Plank Owner); NAMTGD Whidbey; and Tactical Electronic Squadron 132, from which he retired following 20 years active duty.

He then worked several mechanic jobs in Oak Harbor, joining BOSC Del-Jen at NAS Whidbey and finally ending his working career as a lead mechanic at Island Transit. He retired fully to a sports-loving life of crabbing, fishing and camping and spending time with family and friends.

Edward leaves behind the love of his life, Carolyn, after over 50 years together; his son Darren (Holly) of Port Angeles and daughter Suzanne (Leon) of Oak Harbor; two granddaughters, Mackenzie and Emerson; his mother Wanda Melebeck, brother Charles and sister Mary all of Erath, La. Edward’s father, Eddie Dubois, preceded him in death.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 21, 2017, at Wallin Funeral Home at 1811 NE 16th Avenue, Oak Harbor, with a follow-on remembrance event at Frank’s Place, 32945 SR 20, Oak Harbor.

Memorial donations may be made to Washington State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1109 PO Box 627 Clear Lake, WA 98235.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home. Please visit Frenchy’s page in the Book of Memories online at www.wallin funeralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences.