Allan Cecil 'Bud' Newcomb
Former Kenai resident Allan Cecil “Bud” Newcomb died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. He was 78.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday, Aug. 5 in Priest River, Idaho.
Mr. Newcomb was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Spokane, Wash., to Gaylord and Violet Newcomb. He was raised in the Priest Lake, Idaho area. Mr. Newcomb attended the Newcomb School through eighth grade and graduated from Priest River High School in 1946.
Mr. Newcomb worked in Alaska between 1948 and 1952 for the Department of Interior, Alaska Road Commission. He later returned to the Kenai area with his wife, Lea, and their four children, where he remained for the majority of his adult life.
He worked as a millwright and also owned and operated an excavation/construction business for many years. The couple left Alaska in 1987 and roamed up and down the west coast in an RV for the next nine years, living a nomadic existence while Mr. Newcomb worked the millwright trade at different facilities. He returned to his childhood home in 1996. He was a millwright by trade and a farmer by choice.
His family stated, “He was a loving, hardworking, generous man who never met a stranger. He was the type of dad who taught by example and we always knew we were loved and supported unconditionally. He was passionately in love with his wife, Lea, his children, grandchildren and antique automobiles. Bud will be loved and missed by all who knew him. We will carry him in our hearts forever.”
Mr. Newcomb was preceded in death by his parents, Gaylord and Violet.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lea Montgomery Newcomb; children, Michael of Kenai, Patrick of Idaho, Melonee Long of Kenai and Kelly and Pete LaBarbera of Kenai; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne L. and Peggy I. Newcomb; grandchildren, Dabre, Danett, Devin, Tayler, Katie, Michelle, Eric and Christina; four great-grandsons; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members and friends from Georgia to Alaska.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Condolences may be sent to 927 Gleason McAbee Road, Priest River, ID 83856.
Arrangements were made by Coffelt Funeral Home in Sandpoint, Idaho.
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