Cedar Valley Daily Times; December 17, 1959
John R. Combs, 66, Shellsburg, Dies in Iowa City Hospital
John R. Combs
SHELLSBURG - John R. Combs, 66 of Shellsburg, died this morning at 2:00a.m. at University hospital in Iowa City. He had been in ill health for eight years and seriously ill for the last three weeks. He was a retired tiler and musician.
Mr. Combs was born at Shellsburg, Feb. 26, 1893, a son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Combs. He married Leona Adams at Janesville, Wisc. in 1911. She died in 1933 at Waterloo.
He married Vesper Claypool at Vinton in 1951. She survives. He is also survived by the following children by his first marriage: Mrs. Harold (Julia)Richmond, Mrs. Fred (Maxine) Voker, Mrs. Virgil (Gaynell) Walker and Mrs. Vincent (Patty) Burger of Waterloo: Harlin of Waterloo, Lawrence of Cedar Falls and William of California and Barbara and Della at home.
He is survived by four step-sons, 14 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, six sisters, Mrs. Luella Sterns of Santa Ann, California., Mrs. Esther Horst of San Antonion, Texas, Mrs. Sarah Henderson of Aiken, Minn., Mrs. Norene Fish of Urbana, Mrs. Mary Walker of Cedar Rapids, and Mrs. Anna Lockhart of Vinton and one brother George Combs of Phoenix, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by three children in infancy and one sister.
Services will be held at 2:00p.m., in the Shellsburg Foursquare gospel church... Burial will be Oakwood cemetery at Shellsburg.
Friend may call...at the Taylor funeral home in Vinton