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Dennis Gordon McComber, 81

Dennis Gordon McComber, 81, died on October 16, 2020, from COPD and congestive heart failure. He was at home in Appleton, WI with his wife Rita by his side.

He was born on January 28, 1939, the youngest of three children, to Frank R. and Velma V. (Kreider) McComber in Marshalltown, IA.

He graduated from Marshalltown High School in June 1956, then from Iowa State University in June 1961 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. He made lifelong friends there while in Acacia Fraternity. In October, he joined the US Army serving in the Signal Corps for 2 years at Ft. Monmouth, NJ where he became a 1st Lieutenant. He stayed on as a civilian in the same job until Sept. 1966 when he went to UW-Milwaukee, where he received a BBA (’67) and an MBA (’68) both in Production Management.

At UWM that he met his future wife, Rita Ehman, while in the MBA program. They were married in Milwaukee on August 18, 1973, and enjoyed 47 wonderful years together.

Dennis worked at Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Neenah, WI as an Industrial Engineer, then Maintenance Superintendent and finally in IT until he retired in June 2002 after 33 years.

As a hobbyist woodworker, his most treasured project was a maple crib made for his sons, Kevin and Scott and their children Neil, Ian and Henry.

Dennis was a wonderful husband and father who really enjoyed family trips, bowling and camping with the boys, Boy Scout summer camp, bicycling and boating. He and Rita traveled extensively, going to all 50 states and many foreign countries.

He was a proud Lions Club member for 15 years and also volunteered for other community organizations. He was known for helping people by fixing things for them and for his sense of humor.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife Rita and their children and grandchildren who truly are his greatest legacy: Kevin, his wife Eileen Peng, and their two boys Neil and Ian, Waltham, MA; and Scott, his wife Tarta, and their son Henry, Town of Center, WI.

He is further survived by his sister Patricia Bergstrom, Iowa City, IA and her five children and their families; his brother Larry and his wife Diane McComber, Scottsdale, AZ and their daughter Martha (Joel) Button, Stillwater, MN, and their family. He is also survived by many members of Rita’s family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Velma, his beloved grandparents Caleb and Theresia Smuck, Rita’s parents Philip and Ottilie (Tovar) Ehman, and brothers-in-law Richard (Dick) Sexton, Norman Bergstrom, Gary Ehman, and Rudolph (Rudy) Moravcik.

His funeral was held at Valley Funeral Home Monday, October 26. It was livestreamed on their Facebook page and is available to view – www.facebook.com/Valley-Funeral-Home-938408146238680

Memorial donations would be appreciated to Iowa State Acacia Chapter Foundation (ISACF), memo line: Dennis McComber Memorial Scholarship. Mail to ISACF, c/o Harold Zarr, 834 SE Michael Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021-3671.