John Dudley Coombs, Jr., 81, Aitkin, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin after a battle with Dementia.

He was born Dec. 7, 1938 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to John Dudley and Josephine Jean (Brown) Coombs, Sr. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Cedar Rapids in 1957. He achieved the highest honor in Boy Scouts known as the Eagle Scout ranking. He attended the University of Iowa from 1957- 1960. On March 1, 1960, at the age of 21, Dudley started his own moving business called Dudley’s Transfer in Cedar Rapids. He was united in marriage to Patricia J. McGuire on Feb. 6, 1965. They later divorced.

In August of 1970 he sold the moving business and moved his family to Aitkin where he ran Coomb’s Garage with his father until his father passed in Dec. of 1972. Dudley drove truck for 51 years starting out with Montgomery Wards, then Jerry Hammond Trucking – Cohasset, Minn., JC Trux – St. Louis Park, and finally Halvor Lines – Superior, Wis. He drove millions of miles throughout the lower 48 states and Canada and saw much of the USA through his truck windows!

Dudley was very involved in the 4-H and the Boy Scouting program as his kids grew up. He enjoyed spending time with his children and especially his grandkids and great-grandkids, attending many sporting events for his grandkids. Dudley had a big heart and was always helping others out.

He was preceded in death by his parents John D. and Josephine J. Coombs, Sr.; his sister, Janet Coombs and mother of his children, Patricia.

He will be dearly missed by his six children and spouses: Cathy Olson, Aitkin; Tracy Donovan, Dunedin, Fla.; John (Stephanie) Coombs, Aitkin; Cindy (Paul) Traugott, Litchfield Park, Ariz.; Jeff (Brandy) Coombs, Aitkin; Ryan (Amie) Coombs, Grand Junction, Co.; 15 grandchildren: Travis (Vienna) Olson, Katie (Justin) Dotzler, Anna Olson, Chelsea and Rachael Coombs, Justina, Aaron (Megan), Nate and Thomas Benson, Lacey Nolette, Chris Baker, Casey and Shelby Coombs, and Kaylee and Janet Coombs; 11 great-grandchildren: Mitchell, Ellie, Isabella and Tanner Olson, Aiden and Evan Dotzler, Noah Benson, Nicholas Baker, Emre and Esme Nolette and Waylon Benson; two sisters, Diane (Tim) Miller Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Judy Owen, Henderson, Nev.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A visitation gathering of family and friends will be 5 to 7p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the Sorensen Root Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A private family prayer service led by Pastor Kurt Hagestuen will begin at 7 p.m.

Dudley will be laid to rest on Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Bennettville Cemetery in Hazelton Township, Aitkin County.

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