Mark Steven ‘Combsie’ Combs
Mark Steven “Combsie” Combs, 65, of Seymour, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis due to complications from surgery.
Born March 26, 1950, in Seymour, he was the son of Stanley “Dick” Combs and Beulah Newkirk Combs.
Mark graduated from Seymour High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. While in college, he was a member of Sigma Epsilon. In 1981, Mark took a job with Jay C Food Stores. He spent the next nearly 30 years cultivating lifelong friendships and an impressive list of professional and community accolades.
Mark attended Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher and elder for his entire life. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and held positions at the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce.
The better part of his life was spent on the golf course. He started golfing at age 9 and continued playing throughout high school to avoid getting a job. This was a Combs tradition and Mark was not going to be the first to break it. He continued golfing his entire life and claimed an impressive seven holes-in-one. His love of golf created numerous friendships. He patiently taught all three of his children how to drive, chip and putt; regularly citing, “never leave it short of the hole.” In the last few years, Mark also taught his grandchildren a love for the game.
His children say he was one of the greatest men they’ve had the privilege to meet and that he gave pearls of wisdom such as “You can marry in ten minutes what it will take to make in a lifetime.” They said they all regret not taking this advice and that he could also mix a perfect lemonade and vodka. He loved the beach, second only to golf, and also Crown Royal and cigars. He never missed a father-daughter dance with his girls or a chance to do the Funky Chicken. He lived and loved life.
He was lucky enough to have two older brothers, Glen Dale (Linda) Combs and David Lee Combs, and he had three “amazing” children, Jessica (Michael) Harrison, Monica (Aaron Smith) Combs and Brandon (Shaun Burke) Combs. The “amazing” kids then gave him even more “amazing” grandkids, Liam Combs, Lily Combs-Smith, Lachlan Harrison, Lucy Combs-Smith and baby Harrison (coming soon).
In addition to his family, he leaves behind an amazing group of friends, Ben, George, Jane, Steve, John, Troy and Kenny, just to name a few, and his girlfriend, Shelly Cooley. His kids grew up hearing daily what a great guy they have for a dad and they couldn’t agree more, they said.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his baby brother and best friend, Casey Combs (survived by wife, Helen); and his sweet granddaughter, Adeline Rose Suzanne Harrison.
The great golf course in the sky had better be prepared. Mark Combs has arrived.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Voss & Sons Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or March of Dimes.