Combs, Lee Nelson (April 22, 1941 - May 8, 1989)

Lee Nelson Combs

Douglas Budget - May 17, 1989

Mass for Christian Burial for Lee Nelson Combs, 48, was held Friday, May 12 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Philip Colibraro as celebrant. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery with the Ashlar Masonic Lodge #10 AF&AM conducting Masonic Graveside Rites. A rosary was recited Thursday at the Converse Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Combs died Monday, May 8, at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas of a heart attack. He was born April 22, 1941, to LeRoy and Mary M. (Gitthens) Combs in Douglas where he was reared and educated.

On Jan. 19, 1964 he married Patricia O'Brien and they lived in the Douglas area. He was a retired rancher and had also served as superintendent of the Sheep Barn at the Wyoming State Fair since 1964. He also had been employed by Converse County Road and Bridge, and the Wyoming Highway Department.

He was a Boy and Eagle Scout, a 4-H leader for sheep, and enjoyed calling ropings, fishing, gardening and hunting. He was also a great bear hunter. He received honors during his lifetime as an "Honorary State Farmer" and Appreciation for bringing The Spirit of Christmas to Douglas by the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Combs was also a great nephew of the late Bill Barrow, founder of the Douglas Budget.

He is survived by his wife Pat Combs, of Douglas; one daughter, Mary Frances Stock of Douglas; one son, Pfc. John Combs of Fort Bragg, N.C.; one sister, Mary Hanlin of Sheridan; a granddaughter, Laura Stock, and a grandson, William Stock, both of Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers were Peter Mike Curtin, Jim Hageman, Richard Cross, Jim Richendifer, Bob Hageman and Robert Cross. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Strock, Jim Robinson, Bill Leman, Earl Russell, Dr. William Hinrichs, Andy Henson, Steve Henson and all of his many other friends.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Salt Lake City or the Wyoming Pioneer Association would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


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