Calvin "Gene" Combs

Friday, December 16th, 1949 - Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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Calvin “Gene” Combs, 70, of Kearney, MO, formerly of Lamoni, IA, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery with full military honors. In his memory, the family encourages donations to be made to Lamoni Parks and Recreation, 190 S. Chestnut St., Lamoni, Iowa, 50140. Please include "Gene Combs" in the memo line.

Gene was born on December 16, 1949, in Red Oak, Iowa. He was the son of Ruth M. (Quick) Black and George Black. His family moved to the Lamoni area when he was a young boy, and graduated from Lamoni Community Schools in 1968. Gene was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in the regions of Vietnam and Indochina before obtaining the rank of Specialist 4 and honorably discharged. Upon returning home, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Education & Recreation from Graceland College.

On July 10, 1984, he married Devy Ledbetter Hagan. He enjoyed a 30-year career at Lamoni Municipal Utilities (LMU) and retired in 2013.

He loved coaching little league baseball, reading, and working crossword puzzles. He also connected at a deep level to the beauty of nature when he spent time hunting, fishing, or playing a round of golf. Gene will be remembered as a humble, selfless man, who cherished the simple experiences of life over material aspects. He never sought the spotlight, but wholeheartedly uplifted and supported his family through his words and his actions. Gene was a longtime member of the Community of Christ faith.

Gene is survived by his wife of nearly 36 years, Devy; children Carrie Dalrymple (husband Nathan), Aaron Randall Hagan (wife Megan), Dylan Evan Combs, and Katelyn Rae Combs; grandchildren Ethan Dalrymple, Emma Dalrymple, Ryder Hagan, Zoey Hagan, and Blakely Hagan; mother Ruth Black; siblings Ken Combs (wife Pam), Sandra White (late husband Jim), and Mike Black (wife Marcia); brother-in-law Ron Tellier; "blood brother," Dennis Silver, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Gene was preceded in death by his step-father George Black; sister Donna Combs-Tellier; and special nephew Alfred Pinegar.

Online condolences may be left for the family at (Arr: Carson-Speaks 816-252-7900)
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Leroy & Bev Kennedy

Posted at 06:42pm
So sorry to hear this; our deepest sympathy to all of Gene's family. A lot of our early memories of Gene are from ballgames at North Park, and then later the home and "away" little league and LHS games to watch our kids play sports. He was quiet, but would then surprise you with the funniest comment. You had to watch out when you saw that ornery grin!

Brad Speaks

Posted at 05:20pm
I think my earliest specific memory of Gene (rather than just general memories of him as a guy from around town) was shooting pool with him at Bob's Place in the 70s. Bob Shields would let underage guys like me go in there and Gene was one that was always welcoming and up for a game of pool (even though I was younger than him). The pool table in there wasn't the big regulation size - it was that "bar size" pool table that a lot of the bars had in those days and Gene was pretty good on it. In later years he was always friendly and fun, and social events and various activities with him and Devy were a lot of fun. He was a standup guy in every way and I had a lot of respect for him. RIP Gene. We'll miss you.

Gary Knutson

Posted at 04:43pm
Gene came to all my wrestling matches at lamoni. He always reminded me I got beat at state my senior year by holding up 5 fingers. He was a good friend and I hate to hear this. My prayers for the family. Gene was a good man.

Jim Hynden

Posted at 02:49pm
My earliest specific memory of Gene was him as my little league coach. Then of course many others through the years growing up in Lamoni. I know he will be missed by many. Rest in Peace Gene.

Judy Harris

Posted at 12:52pm
Gene-O we will miss you! Gene was the most calm, cool and collected person as it states in his Obituary. We were heartbroken to hear of his passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to Devy and the family at this difficult time. Steve and I have lots of memories of great times with Gene and Devy. I know Steve has many memories of doing all that "guy" stuff with Gene and others. One of the best memories was a fun trip we took to New Orleans several years ago and I snapped this picture of them! I share it every year on FB when it pops up. To the family, take those memories as they now become treasures that you will cherish forever. God Bless you all!

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