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Obituary Arlin B. "A.B." Combs
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Arlin "A.B." Combs  
Arlin B. "A.B." Combs, 67, died June 21 at South Peninsula Hospital.

A potluck will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 16, East End Road. His ashes will be scattered at "Moose Camp" outside of Homer.

Mr. Combs was born Jan. 3, 1935, in Walla Walla, Wash. He joined the Navy when he was 17, serving during the Korean War. He earned his GED while he was in the Navy.

Mr. Combs moved to Alaska in the early 1960s. He designed and built a nice home in Anchorage, where he lived until 1993, when he retired and moved with his wife, Dodie, to Homer. He designed and built another home on property they owned out East End Road.

Mr. Combs worked all over Alaska and the Pacific North-west in the carpentry and construction industry. He was superintendent of Davis Construction for many years but worked for other companies over the years, also.

He was a member of the Shriners, Elks, VFW, Masons and the American Legion. He also supported Ducks Unlimited and the NRA, volunteering his time and money for many events. Mr. Combs was a past potentate of the Shriners in Anchorage and past commander of the American Legion Post No. 16 in Homer.

Mr. Combs enjoyed getting away every fall with his buddies at "Moose Camp." He also enjoyed tending to his greenhouse and apple trees. He made "special" rocking horses for family and friends along with various carpentry projects both big and little. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, clam digging, camping and being with friends and family.

His family said, "A.B. was a friend to many and made friends easily and was always ready with a good joke. He was generous to a fault, either giving away or sharing anything he had, be it fish and game or prized possessions. A.B. lived life to the fullest but left us too soon. We'll always remember him by the words, 'No, Dummy!'"

Mr. Combs was preceded in death by a son, Chris, his stepfather, Al, and a brother, Scott. He is survived by his wife Henrietta "Dodie" Combs of Homer; daughter Kelly; granddaughter Kristian of Washington; step-daughters Tinker of Chignik Lagoon, Susie of Palmer, Kristy of Kodiak and Sharilyn of Soldotna; stepson Hans of Homer; step grandchildren Delissa, Johnny, Jerod and Shanda of Chignik Lagoon; C.J., Danny and Sierra of Palmer; Brittney and Bobby of Kodiak; and Hans III of Homer; his mother, Rosa Shelton of Oregon State; sister Suzanne of Washington; brother Craig and sister Deborah of Oregon, and brother Rod of Palmer. He is also survived by many friends in Alaska and Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Henrietta Combs, P.O. Box 458, Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.