Jerry Ray Combs

April 03, 1958 - December 31, 2011

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Jerry Ray Combs, 53, of LaGrange and formerly of Wolcottville died Saturday, December 31, 2011, in his residence. He had been ill for several years.

He was born April 3, 1958, in LaGrange to Leburn “Lee” and Lucenia (Moore) Combs.

He previously worked at Reliable Tool in Kendallville.

Jerry liked gardening, birds, hunting, and being outdoors. He enjoyed music and playing his guitar. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Courtney & Jeff Thorp of Auburn; three granddaughters, Lexis Thorp, Chevi Thorp, and Grace Thorp all of Auburn; a grandson, Brandon Thorp of Auburn; his father, Reverend Leburn “Lee” Combs of Wolcottville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Lillian & John Powell of Findlay, Ohio, Joanna & 1st Sgt. Danny Conley of Fort Riley, Kansas, Shronna & Mike Mast of Rome City; and four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Reverend Clarence L. & Judy Combs of Wolcottville, Kenith Combs of Kendallville, Danny Combs of Wolcottville, and Del & Wendy Combs of Wolf Lake.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucenia Combs on November 12, 2011.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Five Corners Baptist Church, Wolcottville, with Rev. Willie Collins and other attending ministers officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Thorp, Tom Tuttle, Clarence Combs, Danny Combs, A.J. Conley, Josh Combs, Keith Spriggs, Keith Tuttle, and Shay Combs. Active pallbearers will be Kenith Combs, Del Combs, Dave VanHoosier, John Powell, 1st Sgt. Danny Conley, and Mike Mast.

Calling is Wednesday, January 4, 2011, from 2 to 9 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is in charge of arrangements.

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January 5th, 2012 4:44am
North Carolina

God be with your family. He made me laugh so many times. I,just the other day, told my kids a joke that he got me on that still makes me laugh. He Made me laugh when I wanted to cry and in matters of the heart he told me truth.

Janice Campbell Kauffman
January 4th, 2012 9:17pm

My sincerest condolences to all the family and friends of Jerry. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Catherine Dallas
January 4th, 2012 4:12pm
Fort wayne,IN

Jerry was a good ole boy we had alot of fun and made alot of memories. Your family is in my thoughts and my prayers. R.I.P Jerry.

Dave Glass
January 4th, 2012 1:38pm

Thoughts and Prayers, Lilly & John.

Linda Tackett Capocy
January 4th, 2012 5:45am
Mesa, Arizona

My deepest sympathies to Jerry's family.

January 3rd, 2012 1:34pm
West Chester, OH

My heart goes out to the family. Jerry was a good hearted man and will be remembered as such by myself and others. Sincerest Sympathy, Cara

Pamela Bloomfield
January 3rd, 2012 12:33am

We send all of you deep sympathy. If there is anything we can do to help please let us know. Jerry was always a big part of my life. we shared many years of our lives together as adults and as children.You are all like our family. love Jeff,Pam,Chris,Daniel,Shannon,and the grandkids

Dwaine Shults
January 1st, 2012 7:54pm
Owingsville, KY

So sorry to hear of this passing. If there is anything Iva or I can do just let us know

matt jordan
January 1st, 2012 4:27pm

Very sorry to hear that Jerry had passed away. We will be praying for the family