Frank Ford Combs

June 11, 1931May 11, 2014
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Combs, Frank Ford Dr. (Col. retired US Army) 82, currently of Glen Allen, VA, formerly of Manhattan, KS, St. Louis, MO and many other places he called home as he lived a storied life traveling the world in the military, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Frankie, as he was known to his four siblings, was the youngest child born to Cecile (Primm) Combs and Robert Herbert Combs in St. Louis, MO on June 11, 1931. He attended Holy Redeemer Catholic elementary school. St. Louis University High School, St. Louis University and St. Louis University Dental School, graduating with his DDS in 1957.

In Aug. of 1958 Frank swept the love of his life, Denise, off of her feet and into his arms. They were married a little more than year later after a whirlwind, long distance courtship. This coming October they would have celebrated 55 years of marriage. Frank is survived by Denise, who remains to cherish his memory and pass along his love of life.

In November of 1960 Frank became a father by welcoming Christopher Ford Combs. Chris, his wife Tammy and their three girls, Kristine, Katrina and Karli, all of Findlay, OH, survive Frank and will mourn his passing, but will treasure the memories of him in their lives.

In November of 1968 Frank became a father again, welcoming Jennifer Denise Combs (Pokrywka). Jennifer, her husband Stan Pokrywka and their three children, Zachary, Lucas and Claire, all of Glen Allen, VA, survive Frank and will miss the sound of his laughter ringing through the house, but will cherish the stories, jokes and memories of him.

During his long and happy life, Frank was many things to many people. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a dentist, a periodontist, a pilot, and a colonel in the Army. He took great pride, and relished, in every role he had in life.

In 1962 Frank was drafted into the Army from his private dental practice in St. Louis. He began his military career as a Captain. During his time in the Army he earned the National Defense Service Metal with Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Metal for outstanding service, Meritorious Service Metal with First Oak Leaf Cluster and the Legion of Merit. In his later years of service, he used to joke that he had been passed over for general 17 times, as there were only two generals in the dental corps. In 1992, Colonel Frank Combs retired from the Army after 30 years of distinguished service.

Please join us for a celebration of Frank's life beginning on Monday, May 19, 2014 with a visitation at St. Michaels Catholic Church on Springfield Rd. in Glen Allen, VA from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday May 20 at 10 a.m. with a reception immediately following the mass at St. Michael's. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Information on the ceremony at Arlington will be published as soon as the family is notified of a time and a date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for those of you who knew Frank to please share a memory, or two, of your time with him.



  • Visitation Monday, May 19, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 20, 2014


  • Interment

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Steve & Midge Rozen

December 17, 2016

We realise that we are late for condolences but we are celebrating 56 years and talking about old friends Yes we haven't seen you in 100 years but still in our memory. LoveSTEVE & Midge Rozen

Dr. Joe & Sue Blaes

June 12, 2014

What happy memories we have of Frank and his wry smile and funny sense of humor.

We always felt we had a special part in Frank and Denise's lives. When Denise, Joe's cousin came to St. Louis for her first visit, we introduced her to Frank and watched their love bloom.

Through the years we have lived miles apart but we will always cherish those memories of long ago!

Denise, our thoughts and prayers are there for Frank, for you and all of your wonderful family.

Take care & God bless!

May 28, 2014

Frank was a good friend of my brother Joe Ciconte. They were in the army together. Our children Chrissie and Carla would play with Jennifer whenever they visited their uncle in Alexandria. My husband Charlie and I shared some fun times with Denise and Frank and their family. We will remember Frank in our hearts.

Anita Dauphin

Giuliana Gordon

May 21, 2014

I met Frank when I was young, about 9, and I will always remember how funny he was. I will very specifically remember him trying so desperately to explain to me what a 'diphthong' was, and I never really got it and was just left with a funny word. He never said much to me, but the smile and nod I got whenever I walked by him was the proof to our unspoken friendship, and I really will miss seeing him at the end of the street.

Kristine Combs

May 18, 2014

I am glad I came to see you before your passing grandpa. Also knowing you are not in pain anymore gives me some relief. I will miss you and see you again someday. Stay out of trouble up there!


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May 17, 2014

Aunt Denise, You and the rest of the family have our deepest condolences! I wish that I had gotten to know Uncle Frank as an adult, but I do have pleasant memories from my childhood. With all our love and prayers for your comfort! Julie & Bruce King

Karli Combs

May 17, 2014

Hey there Grandpa. It's sad to see you go, every time I think about it and start to get sad, I remind myself that you are no longer suffering or in pain; now you're up in heaven telling your Army stories to your new buddies. Have fun in heaven, I'll see you again someday. I love you ??

Michael Cuenin

May 16, 2014

Deepest sympathy and prayers for Denise and the rest of the family. Frank was one of Mike's fist mentors when he came into the Army in 1981. We will always remember both Frank and Denise who were warm and welcoming to us. Dr. Michael and Denise Cuenin, Mount Pleasant, SC

Dr. Ed and Connie Souza

May 16, 2014

Our deepest condolences to the Combs family! Denise, we think of you, Frank and your children often with the fondest of memories! Frank will be missed for sure! His gentle spirit will always be remembered as well as his art for story telling!