James E. Combs Jr., 91, gently left this earth to be with his heavenly father on the morning of Sunday (July 22, 2012).


James E. Combs Jr., 91, gently left this earth to be with his heavenly father on the morning of Sunday (July 22, 2012).
Jim was born to James and Alice Prior Combs on Nov. 9, 1920, in Kansas City. He was an Eagle Scout and an altar server at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, graduating from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City in 1938.
Jim married Miss Grace McCracken on July 25, 1940, and they were married for 72 years.
During World War II, Jim was commissioned first lieutenant as an engineering officer in the Army Air Corp. He worked as a machinist for 35 years, then Jim owned his own machine shop for another 35 years.
Jim was a very sensitive and loving man; he will be sadly missed by many.
Survivors include his wife, Grace and three children, James Combs III and wife, Melinda of Albany, Mo., Michael Combs and wife, Cindy of Newton, and Julie Mintner and husband, Joe of Higginsville, Mo.; sister-in-law, Lorraine Combs; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a niece; and three nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday (July 30, 2012) at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2001 Windsor Drive, Newton.
The family will greet friends at the church from noon until 1 p.m. Monday, and a reception will follow the funeral. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Sedgwick.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com. Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home of Newton.