John Anthony McCombs

June 23, 1945 - May 31, 2013

06/23/1945 - 05/31/2013

McCombs, John Anthony, 67, of McMechen, WV, died Friday, May 31, 2013 at home.

He was born June 23, 1945 in Wheeling, WV, a son of the late Jack E. and Mary Etta O’Connell McCombs.

He was a former employee of the Ormet Corp., a member of St. James Catholic Church, American Legion Blake Brothers Post #46, Benwood, WV, and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Thomas P. McCombs, and one sister, Etta Minor.

Surviving is his wife, Cheryl A. Krupica McCombs, five children, Michael Anthony McCombs of Canonsburg, PA; Susan Marie Broski Bryan of Moundsville, WV; Sharon Lynn Protiva Edward of Houston, PA; John Anthony McCombs Jr. and Andrew Vincent McCombs of McMechen, WV; two sisters, Sherry Moore Arthur of Glen Dale, WV; Becky Cramer Cliff of Moundsville, WV; five grandchildren, Gabrielle Anne Broski, Cloey Nicole Broski, Emma Rose Protiva, Grace Ann Protiva and Jack James Protiva, his puppy Buddy, several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Friends received 12-8:00 p.m. Monday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall St., McMechen, where vigil services will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church, McMechen.

Interment and military honors in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bishop Donahue Catholic School “We Believe Fund.”

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Kelly Kessler Scott
7 years ago

Cheryl and children, I am so very sorry for your loss… John was a good man, a good husband, and a good dad. Remember the wonderful memories and that he will watch over you until you meet again. Wish I could be there to give you all a hug….but much love and hugs to all of you. Kelly

Elizabeth Dreier
7 years ago

Cheryl and Family: I am so sorry about John. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will be there in spirit if not physically. Thank God for your beautiful family and many happy years of marriage.


Jerry and Liz Provenzano Dreier

Donna Luzier
7 years ago

Dear Cheryl, Mike, Susie, Sharon, Johnny, Andy… Know that John is in peace now. He is young and in excellent health. He will always be watching over all of you and his wonderful grandchildren, and his little grandson that is soon to be here. John was such a wonderful man and the best brother anyone could have asked for. I will miss you so very much John. Love you all so very much and I am always going to be here for you all, Donna

Sylvia McNeil
7 years ago

Dear Sherry and Family To let you know so many thoughts and prayers are with you and yours Take care Keep the faith and May God Bless you with His Peace and Love “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure!” So very sorry for your loss Sincerely, Sylvia McNeil

Gabby Broski
7 years ago

i miss u so much pappy

why did it have to end so soon

please always look after me

i love u so much

Martin Strganac
7 years ago

John and I ran the streets of McMechen when we were kids, good times. He was a good friend! My condolences to the family.

Bryan Briski
7 years ago


We will all miss you terribly, you were like a father to me and taught me so much! I will never forget everything you taught me. Please keep an eye out for my beautiful girls and our baby boy. I’m a little jealous you get to see him first. I love you John!

Susan Broski
7 years ago

Oh dad :’

Missing you terribly already :’

I love you. Please watch over us and help us find peace.

Linda Ely
7 years ago

Sharon, You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. We are glad that the triplets experienced their first fishing trip with him this spring. May your happy memories out weigh your grief. Love Linda & Ben.

Phyllis Malicki Blinn
7 years ago

Sherry and Becky,

Sorry to hear about John. I have many wonderful memories about Fifth Street and your family. I especially remember John’s birthday party one year. There was a hurricane going on and water was pouring in under your front door. Your poor mom had so much to deal with that afternoon.

Terry Fordyce
7 years ago

Sorry to hear of the passing of your Husband. Please extend my condolences to your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Terry Fordyce

7 years ago

Well Dad, it’s been 144 days since you have been gone. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. There are times when I just wish I could pick up the phone and call you….just to hear your voice.

Well Blake is almost 3 months old and it breaks my heart that you can’t enjoy time with him down here on earth. Oh yeah and thanks for passing down the HICCUPS to poor Blake ….you would just laugh at how often he gets them! Everytime they start, someone mentions your name!

His ornery little smile is so contagious. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, that smile always gets me out of my bad mood!

Gabby and Cloey are growing like weeds too! Please GOD, do not let them forget their Pappy. It breaks my heart to think that maybe someday it will happen.

Dad, the holidays are going to be so difficult this year. I walked by a shelf of sweatpants the other day and lost it :

Love ya Dad <3

Love, Susie
5 years ago

Well Dad, tomorrow your oldest granddaughter is turning 16. Not sure where that time went. I remember how much fun she would have playing with you. Oh you were such a proud Pappy! God I miss stopping in and visiting with you. You always had an answer for any problem that I had. It saddens me to know that my boys will never get to meet you. Blake would for sure keep you on your toes! Always full of energy! Please keep watch over my kids and especially Gabby while she’s out driving! ❤️RIP DAD. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU TERRIBLY ❤️