James M. Combs


James M. Combs, age 74, passed away at his home in Kemmerer on December 10, 2022. He was born on October 21, 1948, in Kemmerer, the son of Robert D. and Verna Dean Hunzie Combs.

James is survived by his mother Verna Povsche of Laramie; a brother Robert (Nancy) Combs, of Kemmerer; and a sister Dianne Maffei of Laramie; two sons, James R. Combs of Kemmerer; and Matthew J. (Debbie) Combs, of Riverton; daughter Jessi J. Combs of Kemmerer; his grandchildren, Corbin, Bentley, Jordon, and Dakota. He is also survived by many nieces, and nephews and friends.

James served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969. Jim worked for FMC for around 30 years, the Basic for about six years. Jim has been fighting primary lateral sclerosis for decades. Jim enjoyed all things outdoors, working on various projects, watching his grandchildren grow, as well as spending a lot of his time with his best friend Sven.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Julie Marie, his father R.D. Combs, a stepfather Paul Povsche, as well as numerous friends and fellow soldiers.

Celebration of his life were held at Ball Family Chapel Mortuary on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11:00 a.m. Military honors were held concluding the memorial services in the Ball Family Chapel parking lot. A luncheon followed services at the Kemmerer Eagles Hall. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ball Family Chapel, Kemmerer.

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