Tom Combs Passes Away

June 23rd, 2012 | written by Lanny Brooks


Thomas Combs Jr.
Thomas Kennedy “Tom” Combs Jr., 83, of Collinsville, Ill., born Nov. 27, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at his residence,
Tom worked at Fairmont Park Racetrack and Collinsville Unit 10 School District. He was a US Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Post 365, Collinsville, Ill. He was an avid golfer, tennis player and loved music. He was a pilot.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Kennedy and Marion Pauline, nee Roy, Combs Sr.; and a grandson, Rhett Robinson.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Pat” Ann, nee Ferris, Combs of Collinsville, Ill., whom he married on Nov. 9, 1953, at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill.; daughters and sons, Dawn Tague of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Roxanne (Bill) Robinson of Collinsville, Ill., Courtney Combs of Las Vegas, Nev., Tom (Cathy) Combs of Collinsville, Ill., Mary Jo Viviano of Collinsville, Ill., and Paul (Diane) Combs of Cedar City, Utah; grandchildren, Todd Robinson, Tom (Julie) Combs, Ryan (Melissa) Combs, Adam Robinson, Brooke (Rob) Paresi, Brandon Combs, Liz Combs, and Austen Combs; great-grandchildren, Grace Combs, Owen Paresi, Elise Paresi, Kelly Flynn, Chris Rogers, Jewell Rogers and Ethan Hustedde; a sister, Mary Sue Kollar of Baldwin, Mo.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Tom was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill. or BJC Hospice of Alton, Ill. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2012, at Herbert A. Kassly Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill. and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2012 at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill.
Funeral: Memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill., with Father John Beveridge officiating.
Mr. Combs donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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