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CATLIN - Gordon Combs, 87, well known Catlin educator and principal, passed away at 11:06 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Liberty Estates, Danville, Ill.
Gordon was born May 30, 1930, in Canton, Ill., to Wayne and Leone Foster Combs.
He married Joyce Elaine Elder on September 26, 1959, in Alexis, Ill. She preceded him in death on June 12, 2005.
Surviving are one son, Kevin Wayne Combs of Springfield, Ill.; two daughters, Krista Cummings of Danville, Ill., and Karla Wallace of Springfield, Ill.; two brothers, Karroll (Barb) Combs of Fairview, Ill.; and Bruce (Jean) Combs of Banner, Ill.; five grandchildren, Gordon (Lacey) Ray, Jessica (Alan) Lesnau, Jason Combs, Jordyn Combs, Grant Wallace; one great-grandchild, Alexis Ray; one sister-in-law, Joan Sperry; and one brother-in-law, John (Judy) Elder. He was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Annie Medhurst and Coyleen Lynch.
Gordon served in the U.S. Army. He was an agriculture teacher at Catlin from 1964-73. He was principal at Catlin High School for 17 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Catlin American Legion; Danville Boat Club, where he had been commodore; Danville Elks Club; Vermilion County Principal Association; and Holy Family Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the Catlin Historical Society and an FFA sponsor.
He was instrumental in the starting of VOTEC as well as Blue Needles Golf Course. He was a private pilot. He enjoyed woodworking, camping and boating. He shaped lives through education and administration. Gordon Combs Scholarship was awarded annually in his honor.
Funeral service: 10 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, Ill. Burial in Gordon Cemetery, Danville, Ill., with full military honors by Catlin American Legion. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Robison Chapel with Rosary at 4:30 p.m.
Memorials to Catlin Historical Society or Catlin American Legion. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com
Published on January 22, 2018
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