TUSCOLA – Calvin S. Coombs passed away on Friday (Sept. 4, 2015) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon.
Calvin was born in Prairie City, Ill., on May 5, 1924, to Clarence and Pearl (Simmons) Coombs.
He married Betty Gene Craig on Dec. 5, 1945. Betty survives along with his son, Ron (Sue) Coombs of East Peoria; daughter, Connie (Ed) Kroll of St. Joseph; daughter, Pennie (Dale) Poynter of Tuscola; son, Mike (Chris) Coombs of Tower Hill; sister, Rosalie (Charles) Emory of Prairie City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calvin and Betty have 12 grandchildren. They also have 16 great-grandchildren with a new one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.
During World War II, he was a member of the 43rd Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron Troop C under Gen. George Patton, a group which was part of four major battles.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Arthur Masonic Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Calvin was most fond of his years at the coal mine where he worked for 16 years before retiring in 1988.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that donations be made in Calvin's name to the United Mine Workers of America.
Above all else, Calvin loved his family. No one knew greater love than he and Betty did. He was proud of his children and the people they had become. He spent most of his years teaching his grandchildren the ways of the world through his many interests and passions that made him so very special. It was never a question that it was his great-grandchildren that made his face light up each time they entered the room. He is missed already.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove. Graveside services with military rites will follow at 3 p.m. at Arthur Cemetery, Arthur.