Robert Gordon LaCombe was born July 31, 1940, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His family moved to China Lake when he was 6. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1958 and from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California, in 1962 with a degree in mathematics. He married his wife, Lynn, in 1966, and worked for NOTS/NWC for more than 35 years. Gordon was a devout Catholic and had been active in the Ridgecrest community until shortly before losing his battle with cancer on Dec. 30, 2018.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynn; daughters Laura (Bob) Campbell, Suzanne (John) Evans and Christine LaCombe; and a son, Edward LaCombe (Corey). He is also survived by his sisters, Germaine Cox and Carole (Roy) Oesterhaus, and four grandchildren, Olivia Campbell, Bobby Campbell, Cameron LaCombe and Evelyn LaCombe.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Saint Ann Catholic Church in Ridgecrest. Rosary will be at 10 a.m. and the service at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at Desert Memorial Park. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 725 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Saint Ann's food pantry or Ridgecrest Hospice House.