Thomas Gerald McCombs

October 7, 1947February 21, 2013

Thomas Gerald McCombs 65, of Connersville, died at Lincoln Center East in Connersville on Thursday evening, February 21, 2013.

Thomas was born Oct. 7, 1947 at Fayette Memorial Hospital, a much beloved son of Clair Cecil and Marcia Scholl McCombs. He was a much beloved grandson of Cecil Clair and Mollie Koeppel McCombs, and of John Benjamin and Sarah Goble Scholl.

After graduating from Connersville High School in 1965, he entered Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1970. Tom served in the United States Army from 1970-1973, obtaining the rank of Specialist E-5. His last duty station was Ft. Sill, in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was a fourth generation Steel Fabricator at McCombs & Son Company. Tom was a passionate history buff, and cherished his family vacations to the Gettysburg, PA National Military Park, Jamestown, Virginia, and Lookout Mountain outside Chattanooga, TN, a Civil War Battle site.

Survivors include his brother, Robert Paul McCombs; his sister, Nancy Joan McCombs; his uncle and aunt: Paul and Frances McCombs, all of Connersville; his maternal uncle: Gerald Scholl, living in Utah; and maternal aunts Betty Smith Scholl of Green Valley, AZ, and Mary Scholl of Jamul, CA,.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, a sister, Ann Kathleen McCombs Rekawik and brother-in-law, Richard Rekawik; and a sister, Jane Margaret McCombs.

Public memorial services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Shrine of Memories Mausoleum, Connersville woth military honors conducted by the Fayette County Vetrans Council. Arrangements are being handled by Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to Wounded Warrior Project ( or The Gleaners, ( would honor Tom’s memory. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to



  • Cryptside Service Saturday, March 2, 2013


  • Entombment

Thomas Gerald McCombs

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March 4, 2013

So sorry to hear about your brother Thomas. He was a polite nice young man when we went to school together. Cassandra Feeback Potter, Marthasville, Missouri.

Beth & Darryll Morehead

March 1, 2013

Nancy and Bob our thoughts and prayers are with you both. I know that it has been a hard time for you during Tom's illness. you took wonderful care of him and showed him how much you cared for and loved him, God Bless you both,

CHS Class of '65

February 25, 2013

Most of us learn to love this very interesting earthly interval that comes between the period of our birth into our body, and our re-birth out of our body, for we have the desire to find joy in life, to give to it, to be thrilled by it and to achieve worth in it, but we must also strive to remember that life is not a destination, but a journey; and we should ultimately look with calm anticipation and with faith and love as to where the journey leads.
Therefore, as we think of our departed classmate, also, think of Tom as:

Stepping ashore and finding Heaven…
Taking hold of a hand and finding it is God's hand…
Breathing new air and finding it is celestial air…
Of feeling invigorated and finding that it is immortality!

Patricia McDaniel

February 25, 2013

I, too, attended high school with Tom. He was quiet, polite, and intelligent. My thoughts and prayers ar extended to his family. Patricia McDaniel (Dublin IN)

Barb Kobylensky Miscoi

February 24, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We were classmates at C'ville High and I remember him as a really nice, special guy. Sending prayers of comfort for all his family and friends.

Kathy Bennington-Hagerty

February 24, 2013

Paul and Nancy, we were neighbors thru the 60's. I have many happy memories of your family. I will be keeping good thoughts for you and yours.