James E. Combs, 67, died Feb. 22.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Foraker United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Coldren officiating. Interment will be in the Foraker Cemetery. McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home of Pawhuska is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests people plant a tree or donate to their local Humane Society.
James was born on Dec. 6, 1946, to Myrtle Iva Scoles and Earl Raymond Combs in Guthrie. He graduated high school in Blackwell in 1965, and he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Wichita State University.
James joined the Air Force in 1965 and he served in Vietnam at DaNang Air Force Base. He received an Honorable Discharge and joined the Kansas Air National Guard. He worked for 30 years at McConnell Air Force Base as a jet engine mechanic. He was one of 6 people who helped to rewrite the USAF Jet Engine Repair Manual.
In 1979, he met his beloved wife, Ernie (Una), at Kmart West in Wichita, Kan., where he said, "you can find anything you need at K-Mart, including a wife!" They were married on March 28, 1980, one year to the day after they met. She was the love of his life, and they were a testament to true love each and every day. He and Una were members of the Martinson Avenue Christian Church, where he served as an Elder and a Deacon. He and Una served as Boy Scout Masters for 10 years, and they brought up three sons. James and Una shared a love of animals, travel and the great outdoors. He was a loving father and grandfather, and enjoyed his many grandchildren.
James is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Una, of the home; his daughter, Tammy Darlene Robinson, of Tonkawa, and her six children; his son, Ellsworth Jay, and wife, Janet, of Blackwell, and their seven children; his son, Jeffrey Darnell, of Bartlesville; his son, Matthew, of Wichita, Kan.; five sisters; Virginia Nesbitt of Houston, Texas, Betty Combs of Stamford, Texas, Evelyn Cooper of Johnstown, Colo., Frances Berger of Castleton, N.Y., and Linda Koch of Spring, Texas; two brothers; Robert Combs of Stamford, Texas; and Joseph Combs of Conway Springs, Kan.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ellsworth and Miriam Scoles; his paternal grandparents, James Combs and Amanda Smith; his mother, Myrtle Iva Scoles; his father, Earl Raymond Combs; and his infant son, Raymond Combs.