Obituary — Edward R. Combs,
Oct. 12, 1940-June 1, 2021

Obituary — Edward R. Combs, <br>Oct. 12, 1940-June 1, 2021CLAYTON, CA (June 4, 2021) — Edward R. Combs, 80, of Clayton died June 1 at his home with his family at his side.

He was born Oct. 12, 1940, in Geneseo, Ill., the son of William E. and Esther M. Garrison Combs. Educated in Cambridge schools, Edward graduated from Cambridge High School in 1958. He received a bachelor’s in accounting from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, in 1965.

Edward married Carol Ann Roush on Sept. 3, 1966, in East Moline, Ill.

The U.S. Army Audit Agency employed Edward from 1965 to 1980. His job took him and his new bride to Kaiserslautern, West Germany, in 1966. In June 1969, he and his family returned stateside to East Moline. The growing family returned to Frankfurt, West Germany, from 1971 to 1974. Upon returning to the United States, he continued to work as an Army auditor on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill., until 1980.

Edward then moved his family to Concord and accepted a position at the U.S. Oakland Army Base as an auditor, and he continued to move up the civilian ranks in the government. He received a high security clearance in 1986 and went to work for the U.S. Marshall Service and eventually the Department of Justice.

Retirement in Clayton

In 1988, he moved his family to nearby Clayton. Edward retired in 1995 from the Department of Justice as the supervisory auditor for San Francisco Regional Audit Office after 29 years of dedicated service.

His hobbies included road trips with his family, European travel and listening to music.

He is survived by his wife Carol; children, Kathleen (Dave) Haugan of Coon Rapids, Minn., Steven (Katrina) Combs of Concord, Douglas (Jennifer) Combs of Harvest, Ala., and Deborah (Judson) Baker of Dallas, Ore.; half-sister Catherine Van Dam of Cottage Grove, Minn.; and grandchildren, Aimee (Neil) Gilbert, Erik Haugan, David Haugan, Jonathan Haugan, Michael Combs, Emily Combs, Ashley Combs, Rachael Campbell, John Campbell, Tyler Combs, Christina Campbell, Eleanor Combs, Justin Combs, Joshua Baker and Madelyn Baker. He also is survived by great grandchildren Summer and Gabriella, sister and brother-in-law Christine and Thomas Roush, and nieces and nephews, Erica (Matt) Westphal, Michael (Mari) Roush, Rebecca (Will) Hunter and Allison Roush. His parents preceded him in death.

The family held funeral services June 26 at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. The Rev. Tim Snart officiated. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.

Please make memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Autism Society of America.

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