VeteranSeth McCombs

Seth H. McCombs, 84, of Rushville died Sept. 29, 2013, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

He was born April 26, 1929, in Frederick, the son of Hubert and Elsie Kessler McCombs. He married Darlene J. Howard on April 25, 1959, in Rushville. She preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 2005.

Surviving are three sons, O.K. (and Cheryl) McCombs of Colchester, Vernon C. McCombs of Macomb and Darwin E. (and Jeanette) McCombs of Gurnee; one daughter, Carol Ann Lacy of Burnside; one stepson, Mike Howard of Paris; two sisters, Elsie Mae Culverts of Macomb and Sylvia (and Ralph) Twaddle of Plymouth; nine grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was captured and escaped from both wars.

After his discharge from the service, he was deputy sheriff in Colorado and also sang at many honky-tonks. He had many careers over his lifetime ranging from working with the railroad, a driller on oil wells, at the armory in Joliet, a welder with Astoria Fibra Steel, Rushville Motors and Trinity Tank Service in Beardstown. He also drove a truck for Bader and Company in Vermont. While working at Logsdon Tug Service in Beardstown, he became disabled and retired. He then opened Seth’s Blacksmith Shop, where he did custom welding.

He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Rushville City Cemetery with Pastor Jim Richardson officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/2/2013

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