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Obituary: J.W. Coombs, Columbus

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J.W. Coombs, 73, of Columbus, passed away at 4:49 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2010, in Ely, Minnesota.

Mr. Coombs was born April 22, 1937, the son of Joseph H. Coombs of North Vernon and Ruth Grant Triana of Port Richey, Florida. He married Linda Rose Walker December 21, 1984, in Columbus. She survives.

He retired in 1999 from Decatur Mold in North Vernon where he was a toolmaker. He had previously worked as a toolmaker at Como Plastics in Columbus. A 1955 graduate of Vernon High School, he was a member of First United Methodist Church in North Vernon, enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, Indianapolis Colts football and spending time with his Westie “Sophie”.

Surviving with his wife and parents, are four daughters, Carol Soutiere and her husband, Jerry, of Ponte Verde Beach, Florida, Natasha Brockhaus and her husband, John, of Nashville, Tennessee, Cheryl Miller and her husband, David, and Tonja Castetter and her husband, John, all of Butlerville; his stepfather, Sam Triana of Port Richey, Florida; nine grandchildren, Dale Matern and his wife, Chelsey, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gus and Madeline Rose Brockhaus, both of Nashville, Tennessee, Dustin Matern and his wife, Tara, of Franklin, Devin Matern and his wife, Rie, of Greenwood, Damian Matern and his wife, Tiffany, of North Vernon, Autumn and Adrian Miller and Chelsie Castetter, all of Butlerville; six stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald J. Coombs, and his stepmother, Alice Coombs.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home in North Vernon with the Rev. Ralph Hill officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery in Vernon.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Heart Association or Hospice of South Central Indiana.

The family invites you to sign the online guestbook and leave a message of condolence at


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