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Kenneth "Kenny" Dubois

February 10, 1943 - November 4, 2022
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Sioux Rapids, IA
Kenneth "Kenny" Dubois

Kenneth "Kenny" Dubois

Born: February 10, 1943
Died: November 4, 2022
Age: 79

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     Kenneth Dale Dubois was born February 10, 1943, in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, to Sherwin and Opal (Donaldson) Dubois, the seventh of eight children. He was raised on their farm near Cornell and attended school at Cornell and Sioux Rapids Community School, graduating in 1962.

     Following graduation he farmed with his father and took over the farming in 1970. Raising livestock and grain, Kenny was a good steward of the land and a conscientious caregiver of his livestock. He also served in the Army Reserves of Cherokee, IA, from 1964 to 1970.

     On November 23, 1968, Kenny married JoAnn Weishaar of Marathon, IA, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Laurens, IA. To this union five daughters were born: Kimberly, Diane, Paula, Janet, and Jill. He was a loving father and took great pride in his daughters’ accomplishments. 

     In addition to farming, Kenny worked at Simonsen Iron Works in Sioux Rapids, and later became a route driver for Zoltenko Farms, Inc. of Hardy, NE, driving over one million miles in 11 years. During this time he also remodeled the house on the Cornell road and the house his Grandpa Alva had owned, always working to make the big improvements and the little changes that made these two houses nice for his family.

     Kenny was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids since 1968. He later became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Spencer.

     He was a member of American Legion Post 394, serving as commander and in other offices. For many years he also served as president of the Sioux Rapids Alumni Association. In 2005, he helped revive Sioux Rapids’ annual summer celebration, Tall Corn Days, with the Sesquicentennial Celebration. He enjoyed being part of the Sioux Rapids Historical Society, as well, helping to continue to preserve the theater. Kenny was always a good volunteer, willing to help wherever he was needed.

     Kenny loved bringing family together and sharing good food, especially JoAnn’s pie; riding bicycles with JoAnn and the challenge of riding RAGBRAI in his retirement years; visiting with friends; sharing Shaklee; working on projects in his shop, including restoring John Deere tractors; seeing everyone at the Clay County Fair; and making holidays special playing Santa’s helper for his children and grandchildren. 

     Kenny died in his home on November 4, 2022. Kenny will forever be loved and remembered by his family, including his wife JoAnn of Spencer; daughters: Kimberly (Gerald) Messersmith of Dakota Dunes, SD; Diane (Houston) Klassen of Fargo, ND; Paula (David) Dobesh of Pleasant Valley, MO; Janet (JB Baker) Dubois of Sioux Falls, SD; and Jill (Michael) Pieper of Johnston, IA; and grandchildren: Jared, Alex, and Lauren Messersmith; Seaver and Taylor Klassen; Tyler Dobesh; and Gavin and Brayden Pieper.

     Brothers: Jon (Bev) Dubois and Gordon (Linda) DuBois. Brothers-in-law: Jerry (Mardella) Robinson, William Shaffer, and Larry (Karon) Weishaar. Sisters-in-law: Margie Dubois, Bjorg Dubois, Kris (Craig) Kemp, and Pat Weishaar.

     Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws, Arthur and Eva Weishaar. Siblings: Bob Dubois, Norma Nickelson, Bill Dubois, Fern Shaffer, and Anita Robinson. Brothers-in-law: John Nickelson and James Weishaar, and sister-in-law, Dorothy Atluru.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spencer, Iowa with lunch to follow.

The funeral will be livestreamed at

Father Tim Hogan
Ben DuBois
Marty Dubois
Tom Dubois
Seaver Klassen
Alex Messersmith
Jared Messersmith

Honorary Pallbearers:

Tyler Dobesh
Lauren Messersmith
Taylor Klassen
Gavin Pieper
Brayden Pieper
Oren Geisinger
Larry Mills
Steve Salts
Visitation will be held 5 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, with the family present at the Warner Funeral Home, Spencer, Iowa. 
A Vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m., at the Warner Funeral Home.
"Christ, Be Our Light"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"Be Not Afraid'
"Prayer of St. Francis"
"i Know That My Redeemer LIves"
"How Great Thou Art"

ORGANIST: Marianne  Fuchsen
SOLOIST: Amanda Woodall

Burial will be held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, at Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids, Iowa.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 3:07 PM
“Dear JoAnn, I just recieved word of the loss of your dear husband Kenny. I pray for God's peace and comfort as you head into this season of life surrounded by the love of family and the precous lifetime of memories with Kenny. God Bless and I miss our regular chats! Love, Jill”
- Jill Feilmeier
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 3:13 PM
“Ken was a positive supporter of so many community activities. We will miss him. ”
- Karen
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 7:01 AM
“Wishing you peace.
As you remember and mourn your loss, know that you are being thought of with warmth and sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
LouAnne & Adrian Opitz
- LouAnne & Adrian Opitz
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 7:01 AM
“Joann, so very sorry for your loss. Many prayers to you and your family.”
- Mary Steinkamp
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7:24 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family. Kenny was a very good person and it was a joy to know him. We know he will be greatly missed. Sending prayers now and always as you go through this difficult time. ”
- Frank and Cindy Demers
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 5:15 PM
“Janet, my deepest condolences for the loss of your father. May you find comfort knowing he is now at peace with the Lord. ”
- Wendy (Brugman) Gaskill
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 8:27 AM
“I am so sorry for family’s loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers- we hope that in time you find peace and have time together to cherish your memories. ”
- Kellie Anderson
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7:43 PM
“My sincere condolences. May he R I P. God bless your family.
- Bonnie Mester
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“Our deepest heart felt sympathies for a husband, brother, uncle, and friend who will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
For a man who kept everyone united, and who could make you smile with just a kind word. A true family man who loved not just his direct family, but every individual from his extended family as well. ❤️ A light that will continually shine even now that he is gone. ”
- Bjorg, Kathy, Marc, and Kayla Dubois
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“Praying for you and your family, JoAnn. Kenny was a good friend to Larry and a groomsman at our wedding. Our sympathy!”
- Margene Smith
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“My deepest Sympathy JoAnn to and your family. I aways enjoyed seeing You and Kenny. Prayers. Love, Evelyn”
- Evelyn Snavely
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“So very sorry for your loss Joanne prayers being sent to you and your girls rest in peace Kenny”
- vicki jensen
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“Sympathy to the family. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.”
- Wilbur and Karen Triplett
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. We’ve always admired your family. I remember Kenny being a very supportive parent of his girls education. Love and prayers to all the family.”
- Kris Skelton
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“So sorry to learn of Kenny's passing , he was a great credit to the town of Sioux Rapids, and connected to so many other lives. I just realized that we were born just 2 days apart in Sioux Rapids. My condolences to the family and friends, which are many.”
- David Cate
Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:36 AM
“My condolences to Joann and Kenny’s family. My parents were Richard and Doris Rentsch.”
- Walter Rentsch
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 12:15 PM
“Kenny was such a good husband, father, and friend. We are so sorry for your loss, JoAnn. ”
- Duane & Kathy Lansink
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 10:05 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you! ”
- Renee Weber
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 10:05 AM
“JoAnn and family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
- Matt and Jean Fassler
Friday, November 4, 2022 at 4:12 PM
“I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with Ken at Highlands. He was always so kind to me and made sure to stop and say Hi! Thinking and praying for you JoAnn, and your family. ”
- Kellie Lowe
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