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Donald Edwin Combs
February 26, 1931 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 86)

LOWVILLE – Donald E. Combs, 86, of Cardinal Lane, went home to the Lord on Thursday morning, January 4, 2018, at his home.

A son of the late Edwin and Esther Dunlap Combs, Don was born on February 26, 1931, in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania.  Cherished and nurtured in his teen years by Seth and Mert Lehman, he joined the United States Army, serving from 1948 to 1952 as part of the Occupational Forces in Germany after graduating from Beaver Falls High School in 1948.  He hitchhiked home from Germany so he could marry Roselba Lehman. On May 26, 1951, he and Roselba married at her parents’ home with Rev. Sawin officiating.  For the next forty years, they lived in the Watertown area, raising three children and hosting a foreign exchange student from Finland.

After several years of night classes, Don graduated from Jefferson Community College.  To his credit, he built several homes and had a passion for the woods, continuing his father’s lumber legacy.  Moreover, for thirty years, he and his son made maple syrup on Middle Branch Road in Harrisville. In addition, after a thirty-year career at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, he retired as Superintendent of the Service Department for the Northern Region of New York State.  During those same years, he, also, founded a family business, Combs Heating and Air Conditioning.  A charter member of the Watertown Mennonite Church, the Emmaus Bible Fellowship at Maple Ridge, and Beaver Camp, he continued to serve the Lord throughout his life.

Don enjoyed boating and traveling with his family, particularly in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River and the Rideau Canal in Canada.  An avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and unapologetic in a Yankees community, he, unwaveringly, support “his” team.  Don and Roselba, also, enjoyed entertaining company in their home.  Moreover, they traveled internationally, taking two memorable trips to Germany, one in 1964 and another in 2004.  In addition, in 1981, they traveled to Brazil to visit their son and daughter-in-law and their family, who were working there with the Mennonite Central Committee.

Don served on the planning board of the Brookside Senior Living Community.  In 1996, he and Roselba moved to the community.  They resided on Cardinal Lane, named for Roselba’s favorite bird, and enjoyed many warm friendships.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Don is survived by three children and their spouses:  Pamela Jane Combs Lyndaker, and her husband, Bruce Lyndaker, of Lowville, Jeffrey Philip Combs, and his wife, Joyce Yoder Combs, of Watertown, Patricia Ann Combs Esford, and her husband, Craig Esford, of Cape Vincent; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John “Jack” and Gerre Combs, of Oak Park Heights, Minnesota; Blair “Butch” and Linda Combs, of Northport, Alabama; a brother-in-law, Frank Shaffrey, of Clayton; thirteen grandchildren, Rebekah, Jessica, Sarah, Erica, Rachel, Seth, Anika, Abigail, Joe, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Gabriel, and Virginia; and twenty-four great-grandchildren; as well as by multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Roselba, who died on August 4, 2013; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Erna and Earl Ebersol, Patricia Shaffrey, and Sandra Combs.

Calling hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, before the funeral service at the First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Paul Cornell of the Emmaus Bible Fellowship Church, Maple Ridge, officiating.  A meal will follow at the church fellowship hall.  A spring burial will follow in the First Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service in c/o Jeff Mosier, Treasurer, 5365 Route 289, Mannsville, New York 13611, or to the New Day Community Church for Haiti missions, 5573 Water Street Lowville, New York 13367.  Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2018.

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