2011-10-13 / Obituaries

Vernon Dumback


Vernon Dumback Vernon Dumback Vernon “Vern” Walter Dumback, of Sault Ste. Marie, died Wednesday, October 5, 2011, in Sault Ste. Marie, just one day short of his 78th birthday. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a farmer, and a master woodworker who enjoyed making gifts for friends and family.

He was born October 6, 1933, in Stalwart, to Edward Walter and Mary (nee Belinski) Dumback.

Mr. Dumback grew up on a farm on Sand Ridge. In 1952, he and his father moved, house and all, to a farm in Bruce Township, where he would later build a new home with his wife. He served in the United States Navy in the mid 1950s and then came back to continue farming.

He married Carolyn Theresa La- Joie February 27, 1960, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Barbeau.

In addition to farming, he began working as a dynamite foreman, first for Wixtrom Construction at the Rock Cut on the St. Marys River and then for McNamara at the Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. He then worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on many different jobs, working his way up until he was lock master when he retired after more than 29 years of service.

Mr. Dumback was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Barbeau and the Donaldson Presbyterian Wednesday Morning Men’s Coffee Club.

He was a master woodworker and loved spending time in his wood shop, making all types of furniture, cedar chests, china cabinets, and toys. Many family members and friends have received gifts he handmade for them. For graduation, his granddaughters each received a beautiful oak cedar-lined chest and his grandsons each received a men’s armoire chest. He even made wooden boxes, instead of using cardboard boxes, to put gifts in for wrapping. His projects were always made of oak and he was proud of the meaning of the Dumback name, “Strong Like An Oak.” He was an avid Tigers fan who was cheering them on to the World Series. He loved playing with his dog, Panda.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; three sons and their families, Albert and Kathleen Dumback, Mark and Kathy Dumback, and Brad Dumback and Maggie Howland, all of Sault Ste. Marie; two daughters and their families, Kim and Willie Sauro of Sault Ste. Marie and Tracy and Dan Rye of Pickford; 10 grandchildren and their families, Katie Dumback and Chad LaVictor, Stephanie Dumback and Josh Crawford, Matthew Sauro, Chelsea Sauro and Joshua Gordon, Stacy and Jeremy Moniz, Davis and Nicole Rye, Dylan Rye and Angela Ward, Ethan Anderson, Cory Veihdeffer, and Brandon Dumback; and great-grandchildren, Carter Rye, Raylend LaVictor, and a baby great-granddaughter due in February. Also surviving are his sister, Mary Clark of Sault Ste. Marie, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Alex, Edward, Victor, Pete, and Albert Dumback, and a sister, Cecelia Warner.

Visitation was Friday, October 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford, and Saturday, October 8, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Barbeau. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church in Barbeau. Burial was in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery on M-129 in Bruce Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church: c/o St. Isaac Jogues Church, 1529 Marquette Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

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