A celebration of life was held for John Nov. 23, at the Bay Area Church of the Nazarene, North Bend, Ore.
John was born June 16, 1933, in Hettinger County, N.D. to John and Susan Dubisar.
A lot of people will remember John for raising and showing quarter horses. His involvement with horses started at a very young age. Horses were a big part of his everyday life growing up. Like many families who lived in rural North Dakota, his family used horses for transportation, work and pleasure, so caring for them became second nature to John.
In the summer of 1951 he worked on a ranch in Medroa, N.D., breaking horses. Later that year he enlisted in the United States Navy and he wouldn’t rekindle his love affair with horses until 1968 when he purchased “Mr. Socks Bar.
Upon returning to North Dakota after serving his country for four years, he worked in his dad’s blacksmith shop and during this time John met his wife, Alyce P. Hanson. They were married Jan. 10, 1956.
In January of 1959 John and Alyce left North Dakota with two babies and $150 dollars in their pocket and moved west to Madras. John worked there until the spring of 1960 before eventually settling in Coos Bay and going to work for his brother-in-law, Bob Angell. Over the next few years he worked hard and gained valuable experience operating equipment. It was Sixes River Construction that gave John the opportunity to purchase his first backhoe. All they asked was he work for them until it was paid off. After meeting that obligation, John started his own business, John’s Backhoe Service in 1964. Over the next decade John’s company grew and in 1974 his company was incorporated and the name changed to what many will remember as, JBS Construction Inc. He retired in 1998.
Besides being the president of a successful construction company, in 1974 John and good friend, Buster Wittick, went to auction school and became auctioneers. Together they formed WD Auction Company. Unfortunately due to health reasons Buster left the company in 1992. In 1994 John’s daughter, Shelly, became an auctioneer and eventually became a partner in the company. WD Auction had not only became a father-daughter business, it also was a family business because when it was time for an auction everyone in the family participated, including his wife, all three daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. John was involved with the auction company up to the time of his death.
Family was important to John and he truly loved spending time with his family. He was probably the happiest when he spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife of 56 years. Alyce, North Bend, Ore.; daughter, Patti Schmidt and husband, Bob of Eugene, Ore.; daughter, Tammy Dubisar of Coos Bay, Ore.; daughter, Shelly Dubisar and husband, Mark Shaull of North Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, John and Lisa Browning and Lucy and Spencer Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Elora Browning; brother, Roland “Red” Dubisar of New England, N.D.; sister, Iola Dubisar of New England, N.D.; and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, john and Susan; and three brothers, Irving, George and Wesley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.