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William E. Combs


1929 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
William E. Combs Obituary
Combs, William E. 11/15/1929 ~ 11/09/2013 OCEANSIDE/ VISTA -- William E. "Bill" Combs passed quietly and peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Grass Valley, California with his family near him. He lived a full and active life. Bill was born in Cheyenne, Oklahoma to Charlie and Lillian Combs. He grew up on cattle ranches in West Texas and New Mexico. The family moved to California in 1947. Bill never had the opportunity of attending school until junior high in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He attended Vista High School in Vista, where he lettered in football and track. He graduated from Oceanside-Carlsbad Union High School in 1950. He earned an Associates of Arts degree at Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College (Mira Costa College). From there, Bill attended Cal Poly-San Dimas/ Pomona. In 1953, Bill married his wife of 60 years, Shelley Rae Jones in Oceanside. That same year, Uncle Sam called him to serve in the US Army; he served in the Veterinary Corps. Through these years, he participated in rodeos; he was a proud lifetime member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Along with rodeos, Bill helped his dad train Quarter Horses. Bill ran heavy equipment in Oceanside, first with the HW Rohl Company and then the Crystal Silica Company, for 32 years. He retired in August of 1989. Bill and Shelley moved to Grass Valley in 1990 to care for their parents. Though battling and conquering various types of cancer, Bill and Shelley would return "home" to Oceanside yearly to visit their family and friends. Bill is survived by his wife, Shelley; sons, Chuck (Nikki) of the Monterey area, Bob of Grass Valley, and John (Lauren) of Oceanside; granddaughters, Allison of San Francisco, and Natalie of Santa Cruz; and goddaughter, Trina Reber of Nuevo, Ca. Graveside services will be held at 12:30p.m., on Thursday, November 21st, at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local hospice of your choice.
Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 17, 2013
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