Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Missouri
December 20, 2010
OBITUARY - MARVIN DUANE "RED" COMBS
Marvin Duane "Red" COMBS, resident of Lee's Summit, Missouri, died Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010, at Hospice House.
will be Wednesday, December 22, at 10am followed by the memorial service at 11am at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's
Summit. Kindly omit flowers; the family suggests contributions to One Good Meal, PO Box 2222, Lee's Summit, MO, 64063 or
South Summit Christian Church, 1121 S Hook Rd., Lee's Summit, MO 64082.
Red was born in Denver Missouri, August 22, 1922,
to Wilma A. (Tim) COMBS and Blanche SEGO COMBS. He was one of 10 children. His family worked on farms during the
depression. In his young life he moved from Denver, Missouri to Maloy, Iowa, and eventually to Hatfield, Missouri, in
After high school in October of 1942 he enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the USS Bunker Hill until the end of
WWII. When he came home from leave in December of 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Clella Mae HALEY.
the war, Clella and he moved to Sheridan, Missouri. She taught at the local school and he had a job as a custodian. In
1952, Red and Clella moved to Lee's Summit. She was hired to teach in the R-7 School District. In 1953, Red graduated
from Toledo, Ohio School of Meat Cutting. He worked at Poo's Locker until he started his career in 1957 at A & P meat
market in Waldo. He moved to the Lee's Summit store in 1962 where he became the head of the meat department. He retired
from A & P in 1980, and took up a new occupation as daycare provider for his grandsons.
Red and Clella became involved
in the antique business 1982- 1992. They enjoyed hours of antiquing, restoring furniture, collecting, selling and making
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clella, brothers; Melvin Blaine, Lester Earl, Calvin
He is survived by his daughter Roby LITTLE and husband Dan of Lee's Summit, daughter Bobbe of Lee's Summit,
grandson, Blake LITTLE and wife Kristin, great-grand-daughter Scarlett of Lee's Summit, grandson Taylor LITTLE and wife
Claire of Fort Collins, Colorado, three sisters; Cleda (Delbert) PALMER, Rosie (Beryl) ARKLE, and Shirley (Larry) DeLANA
and sister-in-law Lola (Leland) HALEY and many nieces and nephews.
Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd; Lee's Summit, MO.
64063 (816) 524- 3700.
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