Herman Arthur McCombs passed away November 26, 2019, in Kokomo. Born in Kokomo, February 2, 1936, he was the son of Glen and Carmen McCombs. On February 24, 1996, in Santa Barbara, California, he married (Nancy) Debby Sutton, who survives.
Herman graduated from Kokomo high school in 1953 and attended West Coast University in Anaheim, California. He served six years in the Indiana National Guard as staff sergeant. He was a member of and vice president of Kokomo Management Club as well as the Indiana and National Auctioneers Association, president of Northside Little League and coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. He loved all sports but especially the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. Herman had a love for coins, and as a result, from 1973-1976, he owned and operated the Kokomo Coin Shop.
In 1977, he graduated from Reppert School of Auctioneering and Indiana College of Auctioneering. Soon after becoming a licensed auctioneer, he started Herman’s Auction. For more than 40 years, he pursued the auction profession, which he thoroughly loved, conducting many auctions and charitable events throughout the Kokomo area, including Gilead House, We Care Christmas Tree and Wrap Up Auction and the Noon Kiwanis annual bake sale auction benefiting their scholarship fund. He retired from Delco Electronics as general supervisor in 1984 and then put his full attention on his auction business.
He was a member and past Deacon of Chapel Hill Christian Church, which he dearly loved, Howard County American Red Cross and volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels. He participated in the Great Banquet in 2016. Herman’s interests included auctions, traveling, golf, his family, and most of all, his daughter in a fur coat, Gabby.
In addition to his wife, Debby, he is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Teresa) McCombs, Kokomo, Gregory (Holly) McCombs, Greentown, Allan (Heather) McCombs, Lebanon, Tennessee, Scott Sutton, Indianapolis, Michelle (Stephen) King, Kokomo, and Chris (Christi) Sutton, Russiaville; grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Justin, Makinsey, Erica, Evelin and Chase McCombs, Ashley Nichols, Hanna Sutton, Aaron Sutton, Taylor Chapel, Darah King, Ireland King, Codi (Beth) Sutton, Casey (Melvin) Hughes, and Carlee Sutton; great-grandchildren, Finley, Sawyer, Brylee, Brayson, Tag, Peyton, Willow, Roselee, Cayden, Drelyn, Carma, Cloey, Destini, Amoni, Parker, Desmond and Drake; brothers, James (Barbara) McCombs, Kokomo, and Earl McCombs, Kokomo; sister, Wanda Kegler, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Veda Mccombs, Wanda Mccombs, Wendy (Robert) Hiltz, San Luis Obispo, California, and Barbara (Jim) Austin, Indianapolis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Glenn “Bud” McCombs and Robert McCombs; and sisters, Margarite McCombs, Eva Dunlap, Letitia Little and Thera Hopkins.
We wish to especially thank our caregivers, daughter Michelle King, granddaughter Taylor Chapel, Southern Care Hospice, nurse Jeff, Nicole, Chaplain Joel, and Courtney from Adaptive Home Health.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Chapel Hill Christian Church, 2600 W. Alto Rd., Kokomo, with Pastor Steve Allen officiating. Do not mourn for him but celebrate his life. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers and at Herman’s request, memorials may be directed to Chapel Hill Christian Church or the Kokomo Indiana Alzheimer’s Association, his team “ALZ you need is love and a pair of sneakers”. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stout & Stout Funeral Home, Russiaville. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.
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