John L. Combs, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, passed away on December 24, 2013, after a courageous fight with cancer. He was born in Davenport, Iowa to Joseph and the late Mary Dilley. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Eastman Combs; their two young daughters, Gabrielle Anne and Christiana Hope Combs; his two grown sons, Michael John (Rebecca) and Patrick Scott; six grandchildren, Keeleigh, Kirsten, Katryn, John Ross, Karoline and Alexandria; brother, Richard Dilley (Connie) of Solon, Iowa.
John graduated from La Porte City High School in 1963, and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1967. He was a Captain and Army Ranger, serving valiantly in Vietnam, and received the Bronze Star for his service. John earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia and started the engineering firm, Resource International, Ltd. with Mike Fiore. John consulted on the communications system for the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games of 1980, patented a Solar Hot Water Collector and was Principal in Charge of projects including Colonial Downs and the 2,500 acre New Kent Vineyards Community, the initial rezoning and development of Kings Charter and the Bell Creek Community Development that includes a 160 acre historic park. John served his community, country and state in various positions including, president, board member and coach of the Atlee Little League and Atlee Youth Sports, Hanover County Planning Commissioner, president and board member of the Hanover Association of Businesses and was currently filling his gubernatorial appointment as a member of The Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board). John completed his Master’s of Theological Studies program from Liberty University, graduating in May this year. He planned to spend time volunteering as a Chaplain. He was an American hero, but more importantly, he was his family’s hero.
Funeral services were held December 27, 2013, at Fairmount Christian Church, Creighton Road, Mechanicsville, VA with interment in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the John Combs Memorial Fund, at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank, to benefit his minor daughters.