Darlene Elizabeth Combs, aged 72, died peacefully with her family by her side on October 24, 2017, at ThedaCare Hospital in Appleton, WI after a courageous battle with cancer. Darlene was born February 18, 1945 in New London, WI to the late Robert and Ruth Kimball. Darlene will join her parents, and two brothers, Roger Kimball and Gerald VanBerkel, in the house of the lord. Darlene is survived by her loving husband Dennis of 31 years, four children: Bruce Yohr (Dionna), Amy LaFond (John), Randy Yohr, and Greg Yohr. Step Daughter, Brenda Fraser. Grandchildren: Jordan Yohr (Ann), Cameron Yohr (Kim), Brittney and Ryan LaFond, Tyler, Samantha, and Garrett Yohr. Step-grandchildren: Eddie, Steven, and Michael Fraser. Great grandchildren: Scarlett and William Yohr. Darlene also is survived by her brother Jesse Kimball (Maxine), and brother in-law Randy Combs.
Darlene grew up in Appleton Wisconsin, and moved to Manawa where she graduated high school in 1963. She met Raymond Yohr where they married in 1963. Darlene and Raymond had four children and raised them in Appleton, Wisconsin. They were married for 22 years until they divorced and remained very close friends. Darlene met and married her loving and devoted husband, Dennis Combs in 1986. They just celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in April of 2017. Darlene worked at Schenck Business Solutions for 23 years where she retired in 2011. Darlene enjoyed playing the organ, planting flowers, bowling, and golfing. She even managed to harvest a deer with a bow.
Darlene was an inspirational figure to her family, friends, and her pet cockatoo Skeeter. She will be greatly missed. Flowers are certainly welcomed, and donation can also be made at the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in Darlene’s honor at https://www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org/support-us/give-in-tribute.
Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church at 601 E Glendale Ave, Appleton, WI Saturday October 28th. The family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 9:30 AM until the funeral service at 11:00 AM. The family would like to thank the nursing staff and doctors in the ICU at ThedaCare Hospital for all their support and compassionate care.