John Marvin Coomes, 90, of Delaware passed away peacefully Monday evening (May 13, 2013) at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Mercer County, W.Va., to Jasper N. Coomes and Lou Emma (Jones) Coomes.
He proudly served his country during World War II as a United States Army Air Corps medic. Due to his illness, he was unable to make his scheduled flight on the Honor Flight program this past April. He retired after 28 years of service with Denison Engineering and his No. 1 love was his music. He enjoyed listening and playing bluegrass gospel music, especially on his prized 1891 Czechoslovakian-made upright bass. He was a member of several bands including Merle Miller and the Music Masters, John Coomes and Union County, and the Tall Timbers band. He also enjoyed bowling and was able to bowl until the age of 87.
He was very proud of his family and those left behind to cherish his memory include his daughters, Janie (Mike) Kroninger of Delaware and Jean (Fred) Merwine of Cincinnati; sons, John (Barbara) Coomes Jr. of Marengo and Jasper (Fern) Coomes of Delaware; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews including a special niece Twila Jackson of Delaware. He was preceded in death by his wife Loretta P. Coomes on June 1, 1989, two sisters Mary Combs and Marie Joyce and five brothers Ray, Howard, Clarence, Roy, and Paul.
The family will receive friends on Thursday May 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Friday May 17 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Donnie Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery where the Delaware County Veterans Association will provide military honors at graveside. The family will then host a reception in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room following the services at graveside.
Contributions in his memory may be made to HomeReach Hospice.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family.
Condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on May 16, 2013