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APPLE VALLEY, MN: Lyman D. Coombs, age 86, of Apple Valley, Minn. previously of Andover, passed away August 26, 2015.

Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Sarah Coombs, in-laws, John and Alys Erdman; brother, Wendell, and granddaughter, Nicole Marie. Survived by his wife, Joann of Apple Valley; son, Douglas (Sue), of Maplewood, Minn.; daughter, Laura (Steve) Look of Pinole, Calif.; granddaughter, Kari Coombs of Maplewood, great-granddaughter, Payton Lynn Coombs, and great-grandson, Carter Douglas Coombs of Maplewood.

Lyman grew up in South Dakota. He served in the infantry in 1946-1947 for 15 months in Tokyo, Japan, then returned to school, Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Master's degree in Political Science. He graduated Cum Laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He worked a summer in Glacier Park. In 1952, he worked at the Black Hills Ordinance Depot in Igloo, S.D. In 1953, he began work at the Toni (later a division of The Gillette Co) in St. Paul, Minn. He was Personnel Assistant, Purchasing Assistant, Packaging Engineer, and also worked in Chicago as Production Liaison from 1966 to 1968. When he returned to Minnesota, he was Director of Planning and Service, then was to Operations Manager in 1973. In 1974 he transferred to Andover, to work as Administrative Assistant to the VP of Manufacturing, later becoming Manager of Distribution Operations.

While in Shoreview and Maplewood, Minn., he served as chairman both their Planning and Zoning Commissions. Lyman belonged to Como Golf Club in St. Paul for several years, then Dellwood. He won tournaments in St. Paul, Osakis, and Mankato, and was a semifinalist at Alexandria. He won the Gillette President's for golf for three years. During the 1960s he averaged a four handicap. He had two holes in one. In Massachusetts, he played at Andover at and Indian Ridge courses. He started running and played racquetball, bicycled, and did mountain hiking in the New Hampshire mountains, including a dozen over 1,100 feet in 1983.

He served as VP in charge of Program for the New England Roundtable of the National Council of Physical Distribution Management, then later served as president.

When Lyman retired in 1984, he bought two convenience stores, one in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and one on the east side of St. Paul. He later owned another on the east side of St. Paul, two in downtown St. Paul, and one in Mahtomedi, Minn., managing one himself, and his son managed the other four.

A short memorial service was held on Sept. 3, 2015 at the White Funeral Home, Apply Valley, Minn. Memorials preferred to: Courage Center, Golden Valley, MN or the Alzheimers Assocation.
Published on  October 22, 2015
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