Norman R. Combest 1919 - 2008

A memorial visitation for Norman R. Combest, 88, Lawrence, was Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A celebration of life will follow at the home of Mike and Hannes Combest.
Mr. Combest died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Lawrence, the son of Roy and Lillie Neis Combest. He graduated from Eudora High School in 1938.
Mr. Combest was a supervisor for Hercules Inc. and worked at facilities in De Soto, Cumberland, Md., and Salt Lake City. After retiring he then worked at the Kmart Distribution Center for 10 years. He enjoyed growing and selling tomatoes from his home.
He married Esther Ruth Ott on March 7, 1940, in Lawrence. She died Jan. 16, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Mike and wife Hannes, and Jim, all of Lawrence; four grandchildren, Lee Ann Dyess, Michael Combest, Elizabeth Florence and Caitlin Trent; and five great-grandchildren, Sonja and Max Combest, Alexander Dyess, and Dillen and Ian Florence.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, sent in care of the funeral home.
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