Joseph Arthur Combe 1921-2011

While looking for links to Rita, I also found Joe.

I went on the Internet to look for him and I found this obituary.

Joseph Arthur Combe, 90, of Middletown, beloved husband of Madlyn (Simmons) Combe for sixty-three years, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3rd. Born in Bristol on September 20, 1920, he was the son of the late Leo and Eva “Ida” (Ashley) Combe. 

wedding picture of Leo Combe and Ida Ashley

Joe was a veteran of World War II serving as a Sergeant in the Army of the United States Air Corps in the 343d Fighter Squadron 55th Fighter Group as a radio mechanic. He was a local businessman for more than thirty years as a partner in the Standard Tire Company and Combe Brothers, Inc., both located in Middletown. He retired on February 1, 1986 from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corporation. After retirement, he worked part-time as a handyman at the South Congregational Church in Middletown. Joe had lived in Middletown since 1921 and was the last living Charter Member of the Middletown Rifle and Pistol Club.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Joseph Combe and his spouse, Linda of Rocky Hill; two daughters: Gail Muraca and her spouse, Frank of East Hampton, and Linda Malavasi and her spouse, Tom of East Hampton; three grandchildren, Daniel Smith of Mystic, Shelley Combe of Somerville, MA and Allyson Smith of Glastonbury; a sister, Rita Hazel of Portland; a brother, Henry Combe and his spouse, Polly of Old Saybrook; three sister-in laws, Jean Combe of Middletown, Margaret Combe of Middletown and Elizabeth Arrigoni and her spouse, Charles of Middlefield; a brother-in-law, Robert Simmons and his spouse Muffalda of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was also predeceased by two brothers, Anthony Combe, formerly of Cromwell, and Edward Combe, formerly of Middletown.

There were these pictures with the obituary.

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Besides the wedding picture, Robin had sent me these.