Kevin J. McCombs
June 17, 1986 - Feb. 28, 2021
SOUTH BEND, IN -
Kevin J. McCombs, 34, son of William (deceased) and Anita (Mersits) McCombs of South Bend, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2021 in Benton County, Indiana. Kevin was a man of many hats and he accomplished many things in his short time with us. In 2003, as a senior at St Joseph's High School, he graduated from the Clay Volunteer Fire Department Academy. In 2004, Kevin then graduated from St. Joseph's High School. He continued on at Clay Fire, while also working as a St. Joseph County Dispatcher, until he moved to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University. Kevin immediately joined The Wabash Township Fire Department and Purdue University Rescue Squad.
While serving at Wabash Township Fire Department, Kevin served as station resident, Public Information Officer, Sergeant, and Assistant Chief. In 2011 Kevin graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aviation Technology and started working for Tippecanoe County Emergency Ambulance Service (T.E.A.S.). While working for T.E.A.S. Kevin put himself through Paramedic school. After obtaining his license, Kevin left T.E.A.S. in 2014 and began working as a Paramedic for Benton County EMS.
In 2019 he began serving the town of Boswell, as Town Marshall. Kevin graduated the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Tier 2 and attended numerous police trainings including drug interdiction, cyber security, and interrogation. He continued to work as a Paramedic with Benton County EMS, a Reserve Deputy with the Benton County Sheriff's Department, and a Public Information Officer for the Indiana District 4 Task Force. In 2020, Kevin joined the Boswell Fire Department as well.
In his limited free time, Kevin taught himself to be a DJ and earned a job with Rat Pack Mobile DJs in 2013. He worked for Rat Pak performing at countless weddings, college events, and dances in between shifts at the fire department and police station.
Kevin had a passion for flying since high school when he started taking lessons to obtain his private pilot's license. While at Purdue, Kevin joined the Lafayette Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol as a mission pilot. He served in both search and rescue and flight operations. Kevin went on to get his helicopter pilot's license after that. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, William J. McCombs and paternal grandparents, James and Betty (Brown) McCombs. He is survived by his mother, Anita M. McCombs, brother, Joseph McCombs (Lindsey); and maternal grandparents, Anthony and Helen Mersits. Also surviving are his uncles, Anthony Mersits (Melissa) and John Mersits; aunts, Mary Larkins (Lee) and Lois Rehrer (Doug); cousins, Aaron (Nichole) Rehrer, Brittany Rehrer, Katelyn Mersits (Mike), and Meredith Mersits, as well as several other loving relatives.
The only thing larger than Kevin's full-face smile was his heart and he gave it without caution to make the lives around him better. Visitation will be held at St. Pius X Church, 52553 Fir Rd., Granger, Indiana 46530 TODAY, Friday, March 5, 2021 from 1:30pm - 4:00pm with Mass to follow at 4:00pm.
Memorial contributions made in Kevin's name to Zahoran Funeral Home will be used to provide wellness screenings for first responders in Indiana. Zahoran Funeral home has been entrusted to handle arrangements.
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or our Facebook page, Zahoran Funeral Home. For those unable to attend, a live stream of the funeral can be found at StPius.net
Published by South Bend Tribune on Mar. 5, 2021.