|Raymond H. Coombs, age 67, of Knoxville, Illinois, died on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 9:55 A.M. at his residence. He was born on November 28, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Teddy and Betty Cikanek Coombs. He married Patricia Shirts in January 1967 in Burlington, Iowa.
Surviving are one daughter, Tamara Sue Coombs of Oralville, California; one son, Todd Eugene (Cassie) Coombs of Winchester, Tennessee; five grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia Ann Coombs of Galesburg, Illinois, Beth (Eric) Erickson of Atlanta, Michigan and Bernadine (Ralph) Thiel of Arkansas; five brothers, Ted W. (Delores) Coombs of Gilson, Illinois, Clyde Coombs of Pekin, Illinois, Johnny (Jan) Coombs of Morristown, Indiana, Jimmy Coombs of Morristown, Indiana and Jesse Coombs of Bloomington, Indiana and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He graduated from University High School in Normal, Illinois in 1960. He served in the United States Navy from May 31, 1962 until July 12, 1966. He received the National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He worked at Butler Manufacturing in Galesburg, Illinois for 6 years; Water Department for the City of Roseville for over 10 years; moved to Knoxville, Illinois in 1990 and worked at Humphrey's Wildrose Farms in Gilson, Illinois for 14 years; and then was groundskeeper for the City of Knoxville, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the Harry W. Philblad American Legion Post # 749 of Knoxville, Illinois for 30 years.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 3:00 P.M. at the Colonial Baptist Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Rev. Darrell Grimm officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 4, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg, Illinois with Military Rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post # 285 of Galesburg, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Harry W. Philblad American Legion Post # 749 of Knoxville, Illinois.
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