Glenn and Vernie Combellick, both in their mid-90s, marked their 72nd anniversary recently, and their daughter, Sally (Combellick) Morgenthaler of Centennial, submitted a tribute.
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Glenn and Vernie Combellick, both in their mid-90s, marked their 72nd anniversary recently, and their daughter, Sally (Combellick) Morgenthaler of Centennial, submitted the following tribute on behalf of the couple's four children:
Longtime Littleton couple Glenn and Vernie Combellick celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on August 29, 2020. They are 96 and 95 respectively.
Glenn and Vernie both came to Denver in 1946 following World War II: Vernie from St. Francis, Kansas, and Glenn from Billings, Montana. They met at a boarding house on Pennsylvania street south of the Capitol and were married in 1948.
In 1956, the couple bought a home in a new development on Peakview Avenue in Littleton. Glenn and Vernie purchased two acres of land on Shadycroft Drive in 1962 and built a large ranch house moving the family there in the fall of 1963. Glenn served as general contractor for the build and Vernie painted the entire house inside and out. They built a barn on the back acre and kept horses for many years.
The Combellicks were both active in the Littleton and Englewood communities. Glenn graduated with an accounting degree from D.U. in 1948, became a CPA, and joined an Englewood accounting firm in 1949.
In the early 1960s, Glenn founded what later became the accounting firm, Combellick, O’Connor and Reynolds. Glenn was president of the Englewood Sertoma Club in 1959 and has been an active member for 64 years. (The club has is now the Arapahoe Sertoma Club.) He served as president of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce in 1972.
Vernie was a well-known soloist and choir member in the Denver and Littleton areas, including St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Denver, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Littleton, and Augustana Lutheran in Denver. She was a choir member at Bethany Lutheran Church for eighteen years, and most recently, at Our Father Lutheran Church in Littleton.
Vernie is a master vegetable gardener, having perfected her craft for over 70 years. She often donated produce to her neighbors as well as the local Meals on Wheels, an organization serving shut-ins and the elderly. Vernie was active in the Parent Teacher Association at various schools, most notably South Elementary (now Ralph Moody). Her own musical abilities were passed on to her four children. For over 20 years, she made sure they had weekly music lessons. From violin, voice, and piano to the pipe organ, each of her children is still involved in some form of musical profession or avocation.
The Combellicks have traveled to all seven continents and trailered to every state in the contiguous U.S., Alaska (twice), across Canada, and throughout Mexico as far south as Acapulco.
Their four children live in Colorado, Washington, and Alaska: Rod (geologist/organist, Fairbanks, AK ), Janet (administrator/violinist, Mercer Island, WA), Sally (leadership coach/author, Centennial, CO) and Linda (soloist and vocal instructor, Highlands Ranch, CO.)
Glenn and Vernie have eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Since May of 2019, they have lived in an independent living apartment at Windcrest in Littleton.
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