Michael L. Combest 1941 - 2010 Lawrence

A memorial visitation for Michael L. Combest, 68, Lawrence, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the Combest home, 1291 N. 873 Road.
Mr. Combest died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at his home.
He was born Oct. 11, 1941, in Lawrence, the son of Norman R. and Esther Ruth Ott Combest. He was raised in Eudora. He graduated from Pomona, Calif., High School in 1959.
Mr. Combest worked in industrial supervision at BFGoodrich in Lawrence, Converse in Charlotte, N.C., Hill’s Pet Foods in Topeka, and Quaker Oats in Lawrence. He later worked at Laird Noller Ford as a service dispatcher, and at A.B. Coker. He also worked at Yellowstone National Park for six years as a seasonal park employee.
He married Jo Ann Bradfield in 1962. They divorced in 1976. He married Hannes Dear on Dec. 31, 1977, in Meridian, Miss. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Michael J. Combest and wife Jody Milford, Baldwin City; three daughters, Lee Ann Dyess and husband Scott, Sugar Land, Texas, Elizabeth Florence and husband Eric, Lawrence, and Caitlin Trent and husband Andrew, Manhattan; a brother, Jim, Lawrence; and six grandchildren, Sonja and Max Combest, Alex Dyess, Dillen and Ian Florence, and Lindsey Trent.
The family suggests memorials to the Yellowstone National Park Association or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS 66044.
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