Benjamin Combs

      Pastor Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs, 26, of Ohio died Monday, January 4, 2016 in Ohio. 

      Ben was born on October 4, 1989 in Satara Maharashtra State in India.  He was placed in Preet Mandir Orphanage by his birth mother in 1990 and she released him for adoption due to her deteriorating health.

      Benjamin arrived in the U.S. on April 23, 1993 and was introduced to his adoptive family and formally adopted on April 10, 1994.  He lived with his new family in Portland, ND, Sedan, Kansas, Marshall, Missouri, Waukon, Iowa and then Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school in 2008.

      Ben loved studying God’s word and enjoyed Sunday School and AWANAs growing up and was excited to attend Montana Wilderness School of the Bible for a year after high school.  He studied at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa and earned his Bachelors of Theology degree from Gethsemane Bible Institute last spring.  He served as Assistant Pastor at The Southeast Baptist Church in Maple Heights, Ohio.

      He loved playing guitar and singing praise songs.  He had a heart for people who needed the Lord and loved talking about the Bible.  He left us much too soon.

      Ben is survived by his parents—Paul and Carolyn Combs of Prairie du Chien, WI and his 3 loving sisters and their families—Sarah (Brett) Goodman and their son Sam of New Lisbon, WI,  Hannah Combs of Moorhead, MN and Rebekah (Abe) Christensen of Papillion, NE.  His grandparents—Thorvold “Tommy” and Virginia Hanson of Fosston, MN and Ed and Emily Combs of Illinois.

      Aunts & Uncles—Susan & Martin Johannessohn of Lengby, MN, Tim and Karen Combs of Illinois, Brent and Anna Payne of California and Linda McGinn-Combs of Georgia.  Also cousins and other relatives and friends, all who miss him greatly.

      Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Southeast Baptist Church of Maple Heights, Ohio.  Local Funeral Services were held on Saturday, January 16, in Grace Evangelical Church of Strathcona, MN with Pastor Matthew Morken, officiating. Pianists were Nick Lorenson and Bob Ludwig.  Gale Hanson was the soloist.  Pallbearers were Tim Moser, Jule Hanson, Jerod & Tom Johannessohn, Brett Goodman & Abe Christensen.

      Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery at Strathcona with local arrangements being provided by Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush, MN.