Orville ‘Floyd’ Combs

Oct. 28, 1933 - Feb. 8, 2009

Orville "Floyd" Combs, 75, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.

Floyd served his country in The United States Air Force during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Air Force as a Tech. Sgt. in 1975, after 23 years of dedicated service. While he was in the Air Force, he met his wife Irene while stationed in England. They married in May 1955.

Throughout his Air Force career, Floyd and his family lived in England, Illinois, Wisconsin, Germany and South Dakota. They moved back to Mukwonago in 1975.

Following his time with the Air Force, Floyd worked at several jobs before eventually retiring in the 1980’s from the Kettle Moraine School District. He and Irene enjoyed their golden years being "snow birds", wintering in Tampa, Fla. and returning to spend summers in the Wisconsin Dells, until her death in September 2002.

Floyd married Bonnie Shaner in February 2003 and they continued to "snow bird", this time in Zephryhills, Fla. After a few wonderful years together, Bonnie passed away in October 2006.

Floyd spent one last winter in Florida with his brother Donald and moved to the Wisconsin State Veterans Home in King this past July. There he spent many days fishing and playing bingo with his fellow veterans. Floyd was also a member of the Laflin/St. James Masonic Lodge #247 in Mukwonago and a member of the American Legion Post #375 in Mukwonago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvetta and Orville A.; his first wife, Irene M. (Halpin)-Combs; his second wife, Bonnie L. Shaner-Combs; his brothers Russell, Marvin, Alan and Ronnie; and his sisters Caroline and Marilyn. He is survived by his brother Donald Combs; his sons David (Terri), Bill (Michelle), John (Kathy); and step-children, Beryl (Kevin) Lowe, Mendy (Skeet) Theesfeld and Reese (Mary) Shaner. He was the cherished grandpa of Jamie (Tony) Barker, Chelsea, Kelsey, Macy and Ella. He will also be deeply missed by many other relatives and dear friends.

Floyd’s family would like to express a very special thank you to all the wonderful medical, nursing and caregiver personnel who serve our veterans at the State Veteran’s Home in King, and especially to those from the third floor at MacArthur Hall, where Floyd lived.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 15250 West National Ave., New Berlin 53151 from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Floyd will be laid to rest with full military honors alongside Irene at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove, on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros., 15250 W, National Ave., is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com