Gail Combs, 89, of Brazil, passed away at 12:08 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
Born March 17, 1917 in Greene County, he was the son of Claude and Hazel (Corwin) Combs.
He served in the United States Army in World War II and reached the rank of sergeant -- serving in Austria, Italy, and Germany. He received a Bronze Star for meritous services from General Geoge Patton. He attended Harmony United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 139, Masonic Lodge in Spencer No.95, Scottish Rite in Terre Haute and Elk's Lodge in Brazil.
He worked in a feed store in Spencer and later he and his brother Forest Combs owned and operated the Bloomfield Block Plant, eventually opening Western Auto stores in Sullivan and Brazil.
Survivors include: one stepson, Robert Joe Arthur and wife Betty of Brazil; grandchildren, Nancy Pell and husband Dan of Brazil, Susan Arthur of Encinitias, Calif.; great grandchildren, Jim Pell and wife, Ann, of Brazil, David Elder and wife, Shelly, of California, and Amanda Elder of California; one brother, Bert Combs and wife Virginia of Ellettsville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary (Carmichael) Combs, whom he married June 30, 1940; his parents; and one brother Glen.
Funeral service was Saturday at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the Rev. Bob Kumpf officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in Bloomfield. Bloomfield American Legion Post 196 conducted military honors.
The family asks that all memorial contributions be made to the Clay County Senior Citizens Center in care of Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home.