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Ernest F. Combs

August 01, 1944 - December 27, 2017


Ernest F. Combs, age 73 of Metamora, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born August 1, 1944 in Cincinnati, he is the son of Edith (Nee: Garrett) and Dewey Combs.  His mother died when he was very young and was raised by his stepmother Eula Taylor.  He married Sandra Hericks February 10, 1973 in Newport, Kentucky.  Ernie served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and after the service worked 35 years as a chemical processor for the Cognis Corporation (formerly Emery Industries) before retiring in 2003.    
Ernie had many interests.  He had a love for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. Sandy joked that when they were dating, he always had a pole in the car and many a date would end up at a one of his favorite fishing spots.  He enjoyed photography and spending time outside capturing nature stills as well.  Ernie was one of those people that never met a stranger and was happy to give you his opinion on any subject.  Those who knew him well would affectionately say, “Look out, here comes trouble.”  He was very proud of his military service and even prouder of his grandkids.  He treasured spending time with them.  According to his family, Ernie was a good cook and after retiring, he liked watching cooking shows on T.V. and then making those dishes for his family.  Apparently though, he had a reputation for being a slow driver.  Once a family member asked after hearing he’d run into a deer, “Did he hit it hard enough to tip it over?”
Ernie is survived by his wife Sandy; daughter and son-in-law Kim and Frank Lecher of Batesville; sister Loretta Metz of Cincinnati; grandchildren Russell, Nolan, Winston, Sophia and Hazel Lecher as well as three nieces and one nephew.  He is preceded in death by his parents and stepmother.
Visitation is Tuesday, January 2nd, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Funeral services follow at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Holman officiating.  Afterwards military honors will be conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 in front of the funeral home.  It was Ernie’s wishes that following services he be cremated.      

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Quentin Gene Lanning, age 80, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.

            Born March 10, 1937 on the family farm where he currently lived, he was only child of the late Willard O. & Hazel M. (Coffey) Lanning.  On August 20, 1960 he was united in marriage to the former Patricia Waltz, and she survives.

            He was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church and attended the Springfield Community Church, he was the 4-H leader for the Whitcomb Boosters for 61 years, and a Director & Past President of the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club.

            Quentin worked for over 23 years for the former Harsh Heating & Plumbing, before going to work in the maintenance department of the Franklin County Community School Corporation where he retired after 20 years.

            Besides Patsy, his loving wife of over 57 years, survivors include three children & their spouses, Brian (Mary Jo) Lanning of New Palestine, Indiana, Brent (Sandy) Lanning of Brookville, Indiana and Beth (Paul) Fultz of Brookville, Indiana; 8 grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Scott, Christopher Lanning, Stephanie (Jeremy) Fryer, Amber (Jeff) King, Ryan Breen, Jason (Randi) Fultz, Jackie (Dustin) Paugh, Jacob (Jessica) Fultz; 17 great-grandchildren, as well as two sisters-in-law, Wanda Waltz and Marilyn Frensemeier.

            In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brother-in-laws, Loren Waltz and Robert Frensemeier.

            Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.

            Pastor Ralph Gutowski of Springfield Community Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.

            Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club, the Franklin County 4-H Association, Whitcomb United Methodist Church or the Springfield Community Church.  Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lanning family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .

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