Jack Darrell Coombs was born July 15, 1920, in Aurelia, to Cliff and Nota (Reckoff) Coombs. He attended and graduated from the Aurelia schools. Jack attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. He served in the Air Force from 1941 to 1948. He served at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and was stationed overseas. He fought in WW II.
Jack married Georgia Godwin with whom he had five children. He worked at Simonsen's Manufacturing in Quimby, until retiring. He also farmed and raised horses in Aurelia throughout his life. Jack loved his farm, raising horses, playing cards with his friends, driving his old truck, and sharing time with his kids, 20 grandkids, and three great-grandkids. He loved watching football on TV. Jack had his surprise 90th birthday party this past July, and was able to attend the wedding of his oldest grandson, Ben, in Texas last month.
Jack died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at the Burgess Health Center in Onawa.
Preceding Jack in death were his parents, Nota and Cliff Coombs; his sister, Betty Phipps; his brothers, Joe Coombs and Tom Coombs; his maternal grandparents, William and Clementine Reckoff; his paternal grandparents, Zoma and Ella Coombs; three nieces, Amy Coombs, Janet Phipps, and Peggy Coombs, and one nephew, Dennis Phipps.
Survivors include his five children, Jeff Coombs and wife Kathy of Rockford, Minn.; Kathy Smith and husband Doyle of Sgt. Bluff; Gary Coombs and wife Karen of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Kyla Holton and husband John of Mapleton; and Joel Coombs and wife Hallie of Hutto, Tex., 20 grandchildren, Ben Burns and wife Aubony; Nate Smith; Casey Burns, finance' Ashley; Angie Schroeder and husband Ryan; Emily Burns; Trace Smith; John Holton; Jenny Holton; Cody Holton; Courtney Holton; Cole Holton; Shawn Holton; Travis Holton; Jordan Holton; Travis Coombs; Tyler Coombs; Michael Coombs; Martha Coombs; Luke Coombs; Brittni Coombs, and three great-grandchildren, Connor Burns; Cale Schroeder; and Kinzy Coombs, and other relatives and friends.