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04/10/1946 — 07/11/2020
From Milton Freewater, OR | Born in Portland, OR
RICHARD E. COMBS
Richard E. Combs, age 74, of Milton Freewater, OR, passed away on July 11, 2020, at KADLEC Hospital in Richland, WA following an intense battle with leukemia.
Rich was born in Portland, OR and lived in that city until he retired in 2015, at which time he and his wife, Lorna, started wintering in Arizona in their motorhome. Summers were spent in the northwest where they spent time at various RV parks. In 2018 they purchased a home and settled down in Milton Freewater, OR.
Rich was a carpenter by trade and primarily worked on major construction sites in the Portland area. He was a member of Carpenters Local 153 of Portland and retired in 2015.
Rich served 4 years of active duty in the US Navy and then completed his naval career in the navy reserve.
Rich is survived by his wife Lorna, of Milton Freewater, OR, his son John, of Portand, OR, grandsons Brandon and Jared and great grandson Bernard, all of Aloha, OR, brother-in-law Richard Jacobus and wife Jan, sister-in-law Barbara Jo Reyes and husband Val, all of Richland, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Marjorie Combs, his sister, Loretta Pearrow, favorite aunt, Wynonna Mcomber and his beloved pet dog, Roxi.
Margaret and I had the fortune of getting to know Rich over the last 15 or so years. I can not remember a time that Rich wasn’t smiling (perhaps because of his choice of brides?)
No question that Rich was a master craftsman, a man who liked to work with his hands (and mind), always building and making things better.
We’ve lost a very good man. Our prayers are with Lorna and the family.
Rich was such a gentle and yet large spirit. So kind, and what a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Over the years I enjoyed many visits with Rich and Lorna after having the good fortune to meet them. “Salt of the earth” described Rich.
I am glad to have known Rich for a lucky few decades and will always smile when I think of him.
May there be peace for his family.
With a heavy heart ❤ I say good bye to Richard Combs.
He was like a 2nd father to me, helping me with my grand endeavors (fixing up my house) or saving me on the road after running out of gas. He was a great role model and grandfather to my boys, and he will be missed.
I am holding the best memories in my heart until we meet again.
Rest in peace Rich, I love you.
Words cannot express our sorry with the loss of Uncle Rich (sometimes Dave 🙂 . Truly a gentleman with a heart of gold. As I type this I look up at the ceiling you installed for us many years ago…now functional AND one of many lasting memories. So glad you are no longer in pain and you get to be united with Roxy.
We promise to take care of you Lorna and hope that your many memories help sustain you at this difficult time.
Love you always…Mike & Vicki