June 3, 1936 - October 26, 2017
McCombs, Laurel E. (Mac), of West Liberty died October 26, 2017. He was born June 1936 in Champaign County, the first child of Harold and Mildred (Marshall) McCombs. He and Sarah Breakall Milles were married on December 4, 1965 and she died on December 14, 1997. He was also preceded in death by his parents, stepdaughter, Connie McIntosh, sisters, Patty, Donna Evans, Janet Carroll and Linda Sells, brothers, Jimmy, Gary, Roy and Darrell, and a grandson, Lonnie McIntosh. He is survived by sisters, Carolyn Perdue & Janette Clements, brothers, John (Ish), Jesse, Larry (Betty) & Stanley (Debbie) McCombs, stepdaughters, Sherry Richard, Monica Bundy & Thresa Miles. In addition he is survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces & nephews. He spent 27 years at YSI near Yellow Springs, Ohio and 28 years at Logan Enterprises near West Liberty, Ohio, a company founded by Sarah and him.
Following his wishes there will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
It was my privilege to work with Mac at YSI from 1981 until he and Sarah left YSI to start Logan Enterprises. Mac’s office was directly next to mine for a few years, and I had a direct insight into Mac’s day to day interaction with people. I’ve never worked with someone who treated everyone with as much respect as Mac. Whether he was dealing with a floor worker or the President of YSI, Mac offered the same level of attention and respect to each person’s viewpoint. That’s not to say he agreed with everyone, but he was receptive to everyone equally. If he disagreed, Mac was able to, with calm and a reasoned manner, present his viewpoint. This was especially challenging sometimes in his dealings with Sarah, for whom emotion, rather than calmness and reasonableness seemed to be her approach to some problems. Their interactions, while sometimes appearing as adversarial, were clearly underpinned by their mutual love for each other.
Mac’s insight and caring for individuals was outstanding. I remember one time asking Mac how best to deal with an employee who was sub-standard in performance, and I wondered how YSI could afford to maintain the person on the payroll. Mac’s insight said a lot about him and his view of people and society. Mac agreed the employee had issues, primarily from a medical condition from which the employee suffered of which I was unaware. Mac then indicated “we” referring to YSI, could support him, or society in general would have to. He thought “we” could do a better job, and the person would feel more productive working for us. I’ve never forgotten that lesson, and tried throughout my career to find the best in my employees and place them in a position to succeed. This behavior is directly a result of my interaction with Mac.
I am sorry for your loss, but know Mac’s legacy lives on in this family, and those of us who worked with him to which he provided such a positive role model.
Sincerely, Brian P. Ream