David-Testimonial

David Combs—Carpenter, Musician, Patriot

Like many men of his generation, when the United States entered World War II, David Combs answered the call. As a member of the US Army, he was there when Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy and then later fought bravely in Germany. Wounded during his service, David earned a Purple Heart and also received three Bronze Stars, medals that are awarded for valor, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

In the Army, David was a specialist—a sharpshooter. Back home in Dayton, Ohio, (he’s originally from Kentucky) David was a skilled carpenter and a talented musician who loved to play country and gospel music on guitar and harmonica. In fact, his lovely, booming voice is a favorite around here. He sings gospel tunes for our staff and residents and lends a hand with our Bingo games by serving as our resident caller. David has lived with us at the Widows Home for three years now, and is visited several times a week by his loving wife, Anna, who came to America in 1952 from Germany and took care of David for years before he moved in with us. David and Anna have been married for 49 years and the love between them is evident as they spend time together, quietly reflecting on a lifetime of love, laughter, and joy. Their five children and their families all live nearby and are frequent visitors. Anna says that when the time came that she could no longer take care of David at home, the decision to bring him to the Widows Home was made because we came highly recommended by people that she trusts and because our community is close to their Dayton home, which allows her to see David as much as possible. During David’s time with us, she has become a part of our Widows Home family too. She knows everyone in our community by name and her positive attitude and gracious personality make her a real joy to have around.

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