Raymond Eugene Coombes, 72 of Paris, passed away at 12:37 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, Terre Haute, Ind. He was a Soil and Water Conservationist …
Raymond Eugene Coombes, 72 of Paris, passed away at 12:37 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, Terre Haute, Ind. He was a Soil and Water Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service) for the United States Department of Agriculture for 42 years.
A funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, at Templeton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jamie Kent and the Rev. Mike Dixon officiating. Burial follows in Young America Cemetery at Hume, with military honors conducted by the Hume American Legion Post 369. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the funeral home.
Mr. Coombes was born Sept. 25, 1947, at Danville, the son of the late Paul and Mary Brewer Coombes. He married Paula Hoffman July 22, 1972, at Walnut, and she survives.
Other survivors include two children, Steve (Jill) Coombes of Paris and Mary (Deron) Hearn of Hume; a brother, Larry (Cindy) Coombes of Byron; two sisters, Margaret (Kim) Snyder and Kay Donaldson, both of Paris; eight grandchildren, Brittany Foy and Andrew Foy of Belleville, Lillie Cox and Gaige Cox of Hume, Kaitlyn Coombes and Morgan Coombes of Paris, Abbi Foy of Laramie, Wyo., and Katelyn Harth of Spring Valley; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brad Foy.
Mr. Coombes was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in Vietnam and later in Germany. He was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, formerly serving the church as financial secretary, was a member of the Hume American Legion Post 369 and was a former member of the Edgar County 4-H Association Board.
Most of his life was spent in the agricultural field, working alongside his father on the family farm where he grew up. He was also a judge for the Edgar County 4-H Fair for several years. He enjoyed woodworking and following his retirement, he took on the task of mowing lawns for several people. He never missed any of his grandchildren’s events, and he was a Fighting Illini Fan.
Memorial donations may be made to the Edgar County 4-H Association or the Hume American Legion Post 369.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.