Dr. Richard L. McCombs

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Dr. Richard L. McCombs

Funeral services for Dr. Richard L. McCombs, 80, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Rev. David Cox ,PhD. will officiate the service.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m until time of service at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake.

Interment will take place at Valley View Cemetery in Graettinger. Military rites will be conducted by Graettinger American Legion-Enterprise Lodge No. 332 in Sioux Rapids.

Richard passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009 at the Lakes Regional Health Care facility in Spirit Lake.

Richard Lee McCombs, son of Alfred and Leta (Young) McCombs, was born Feb. 8, 1929 on a farm near Graettinger. He attended school in Graettinger, graduating in 1947. Richard played baseball for Graettinger High School. Following high school graduation he attended Estherville Junior College for one year. He played on their baseball and football teams during his time at the college. After one year in junior college Richard transferred to the University of Iowa. Dr. Richard McCombs graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, in 1955.

In 1955 Richard was inducted into the United States Navy where he served as a Dental Officer for two years. After being honorably discharged from the service, Richard moved to Sioux Rapids where he opened his dental practice, serving the community for 35 years.

On July 16, 1961 Richard was united in marriage to Margaret McCrary in Sioux Rapids. To this union three sons were born. Richard and Margaret made their home in Sioux Rapids until 1993 when they moved to Bella Vista, Ark. In 2005 they moved to Spirit Lake.

Richard was a member of Enterprise Masonic Lodge No. 332 in Sioux Rapids as well as the Buena Vista Order of Eastern Star. Richard was a lifetime member of the Iowa Dental Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Donald who was killed in World War II.

Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret of Spirit Lake; his children: John McCombs and wife, Robin of Phoenix, Ariz., Paul McCombs and wife, Dorota of Bentonville, Ark., and Mark McCombs and wife, Stephanie of Orange City; six grandchildren; and two brothers: Kenneth McCombs of Sun City, Ariz., and Lloyd McCombs and his wife, Lucille of Ruthven.

Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.