Only $ 5 for 5 months April 22, 1942 – September 3, 2020 Vernon Joseph DuPraw initially from Flint, Michigan and most just recently from Auburn, Alabama died September 3, 2020 at East Alabama Medical Center. He is endured by his wife Carol Sue DuPraw: kids Nicole DuPraw Carter (Matt) and Ryan DuPraw (Donna); grandchildren Jack, Whit, and Finn Carter and Savannah and Hayley DuPraw; sis Jeana Fiske and Romayne DuPraw; and numerous other friends and family who will significantly miss him. Vern invested his first 65 years in Michigan. He matured in Flint, Michigan and invested much of his time on his grandparents' farm or pulling pranks with his childhood friends. He graduated from Mandeville High School in 1960 and went on to get a bachelor's and master's degree in education from The University of Michigan. He was a cherished science teacher and primary school principal in the Carmen Ainsworth school district for over 25 years. Vern did numerous things in his life. He overcame an impairment that paralyzed the majority of those it affected. He was a fan of all sports. He was a devoted R/C plane contractor and pilot. He took pleasure in playing on cars specifically his 1957 Chevy. He was an ardent Michigan fan who used a Michigan hat or shirt most days. He was an artist, a history buff and enthusiastic fan of politics. But the things he did, fall far short of defining him. Anyone who understood Vern knew he was a male of love and laughter. Vern liked people. He made friends everywhere he went. He would strike up conversations in waiting spaces, at grocery stores or on the sidelines of a soccer game. It did not matter where you were from, what you thought or how you looked, Vern was going to find something in typical with you and make you a long-lasting friend. Vern enjoyed his family. Within 5 minutes of meeting him, he would start telling you how happy he was of his kids and his grandchildren. The pictures would come out next. By the time your conversation was over, you would understand everybody's birthday, their pastimes, their occupations or schools and what he was specific they were going to accomplish or had already achieved. Vern loved Carol. For everybody else in this world that he liked, he loved Carol above all others. She was his caregiver, his confidant and his factor for being. For those people who were fortunate adequate to spend prolonged time around them, we saw mild teasing, comedic bickering and a total commitment that was born of a love that covered half a century. Vern was laughter personified. He had a voice that seemed to carry for miles. You almost certainly heard him prior to you saw him. What you were hearing was the start, middle or punchline of a joke, followed by that deep, jolly laugh that rapidly spread to everyone around him. If you wished to discover Vern, all you had to do was search for a crowd of people chuckling. Certainly, in the center of that crowd, he would be sitting on that scooter, telling jokes that had everyone shaking their heads and chuckling. Vern's soul has departed this world, however his love and his laughter live on. If you stop briefly and listen underneath the noise of the world, you can still hear his laugh echoing. We like you Dad and Go Blue! A celebration of life will be held later in the spring of 2021 at Halsey United Methodist Church in Grand Blanc, Michigan. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the American Diabetes Association or The National Spina Bifida Association.
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