Dan L. Combites, 77, of Moline, formerly of Orion, died Friday, April 27, 2018, at New Perspectives Assisted Living, in Silvis. He had courageously battled a non-cancerous brain tumor for 10 years. A memorial service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3 at Orion United Methodist Church. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at the church. Cremation rites were accorded and inurnment was in Western Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Orion United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

Dan L. Combites, 77, of Moline, formerly of Orion, died Friday, April 27, 2018, at New Perspectives Assisted Living, in Silvis. He had courageously battled a non-cancerous brain tumor for 10 years. A memorial service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3 at Orion United Methodist Church. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at the church. Cremation rites were accorded and inurnment was in Western Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Orion United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

Dan was born Sept. 17, 1940, in Bushnell, the son of Joe and Lillian (Nelson) Combites. He graduated from Bushnell Prairie City High School in 1958. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964. He married Jean Sundberg on June 21, 1969, in Geneseo. Dan worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad out of Savanna; WGEN Radio, in Geneseo; and Turnstyle stores in the Quad Cities and the Chicago area. He retired from John Deere Harvester Works in 2001 after 25 years of service.

His interests included family road trips and vacations to many national parks, reading and bicycling. He participated in many week-long bicycle trips, including RAGBRAI. His travel highlight was a three-week trip to Germany in 1999 to visit relatives and ancestral villages. Dan was a proud member of Orion United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for many years, both high school and adult classes. He also served on church boards and committees during his 40 years living in Orion.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; sons, Andy, of New Brighton, Minn.; and Tim, of Orion; grandchildren, Taylor and Elliot Combites, of New Brighton; siblings, Larry (Ruth) Combites, of Havana; Tom (Marilee) Combites, of Avon; Marjorie (Kevin) Smith, of Darien; Nell Manuel, of Roseville; and Janet (Kevin) Bishop, of Harbor Springs, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Combites; two infant sisters; his parents-in-law, Howard and Mildred (Olson) Sundberg; and brother-in-law, Bill Dugan.