ANDOVER - Kenneth I. Coombs, 85, of Andover, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2014, at the Hospice House in Concord, following a valiant battle with cancer.
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He was born in Bath, Maine, on Dec. 13, 1928, to Charles A. Coombs Jr. and Mildred Coombs Drury. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1947, and served at Borinquen Field (later Ramey AFB) in Puerto Rico. He left the Air Force in 1951, and went on to teach and coach championship basketball teams at the secondary level. His next 25 years were spent in education in various administrative positions at the post-secondary level. He retired from the academic world in 1989 and went on to own and operate several small businesses. Coombs founded several non-profit organizations over the years. He was an active rail fan and a lifelong Red Sox fan.
Ken and wife, Bonnie (Dufour) Coombs were married in 1985 and have enjoyed their blended family, which includes Ken's four daughters (from his previous marriage to Susan McLafferty), Karalee Kane of Dover, Kathryn Furbush of Farmington, Karla Coombs of Somersworth and Kimberly Rex of Barrington; and their children, Nicholas Kane, Kaitlyn Kane, Maxwell Furbush, Mason Furbush, Dylan Coombs-Pierce, Samantha Coombs-Pierce, Logan Eldridge, Brittani Rex, and Jacob Rex. He was especially proud of his first great-grandchild, Samantha's little Bradley Griffin, born just 30 days before his death. "Papa's other kids" include James B. Waterman IV, Karen Niemyer, Andrea Leary and their children, Jesse Niemyer, Garrett Niemyer, Joshua Leary and Joseph Leary.
Ken's family also includes two brothers, Ronald Coombs of Bath, Maine, Walter Coombs of Brunswick, Maine; and one sister, Carole Ann (Coombs) Harrison of Bangor, Maine. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Coombs, and leaves several nieces and nephews.
services: A memorial service will be held at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 172 King St., Boscawen, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.
A military interment will be held in the spring at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local chapter of the
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 12, 2014