February 20, 1941 ~ June 26, 2020

Born in: Gibson, PA
Resided in: Lilburn, GA

John Gombala Jr, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 79, Friday, June 26, 2020.

John was born February 20, 1941 in Gibson, PA, the son of the late Emma (Koscso) and the late John Gombala. John had one sibling, the late Nancy Gombala (Lannon-Boggs). He was an Engineering graduate of Pittsburgh Technical College (formerly Pittsburgh Technical Institute), and just recently celebrated fifty wonderful years (1970 – 2020) of marriage to Gloria Jean Gombala (Sematic).

He was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Knox, the former home of the U.S. Army Armor Center. John was an active lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7923 and the 4th Degree Assembly 2475.

His career spanned from working on the Titan Nuclear Missile Silos, owning a technical services company to owning and operating a boat shop. Upon moving to Georgia, he was Vice President of a technical services firm until his retirement. He spent his retirement managing the campground at Stone Mountain Park.

He was an avid Steelers fan, enjoyed several NASCAR trips, RVing with his wife as well as many camping trips with his family. John and his family spent many years boating on Lake Lanier. He was a member of the Family Motor Coach Association, and he was on their Commercial Council representing U.S. campgrounds.

John is survived by his wife, Gloria Jean Gombala (Sematic) and their children, daughter Sherri Gombala of Clayton, GA.; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Crystal Gombala of Lawrenceville, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Beth Gombala of Philadelphia, PA.; grandchildren, Salvatore, Magdelyn (Maggie), Evangeline (Lily) Gaglio of Clayton, GA; Caleb and Emma Gombala of Lawrenceville, GA, and 9 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, GA. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11:00 am, July 1, 2020 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn, GA officiated by Fr. Sunny Punnaknziyil, M.S.F.S. Interment will follow in Memorial Park South Cemetery, Flowery Branch,GA at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in memory of John to; Knights of Columbus Council 7923, c/o/ Steve Brischler, 1282 Braeburn Dr, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.

If you would like to watch the live version of the funeral service, you can do so by click on the link below:
https://sjnlilburn.com/online-masses

Services

Visitation: June 30, 2020 5:00 pm - June 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, 30046

770-277-4550

Funeral Service: July 1, 2020 11:00 am - July 1, 2020 12:00 pm

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
801 Tom Smith Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047


Interment: July 1, 2020 1:30 pm - July 1, 2020 2:00 pm

Memorial Park South Cemetery
4121 Falcon Pkwy
Flowery Branch, GA 30542


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  1. CandleImageGombala Family, I was saddened to learn of John’s passing. I didn’t know him that well, but when we were all together he was nothing but loving to family. He was always smiling or laughing at the kids when they played and then they would run up to him and get in his lap. I always enjoyed the RV stories and it seemed something always happened on a trip. He will truly be missed. Thank you for your service and dedication to others sir. It has been an honor to know you. Prayers being sent to the family.

  2. Gloria, I was saddened to hear of John’s death. Such a great guy! I loved getting to know you both through Stone Mountain Park. You are in my prayers as you begin this time of grief. Love to you.

  3. CandleImageGloria,

    No words can describe how much I will miss Junior. With all the traveling we both did, and moving from state to state, somehow we kept in touch throughout the years. My first memories of him started with watching him drive through Bentleyville in his Austin Healey 3000 sports car while walking to first grade, Watching him adjust valves in his dads garage next to reds beach, in American legion talking to my dad, Charleroi boat club filling up his cooler and the first time I met his girl friend, that’s you Gloria, boating through Maxwell Dam, clearing property near Kooser state park, Crystal river American legion, Pensacola beach RV, and the many phone calls throughout the years.
    I would like to offer my condolences to his immediate family, friends, and especially Gloria.

    Love Greg

  4. John RIP. You will be missed. What a great Brother Knight and friend to me, and many other’s. Peace be with you…. Alyene & Brad Burnett

  5. CandleImageJohn. We miss you Brother Knight! God has a special place for you in Heaven. You are a Strong Leader that led by example and a Genuine Friend. Mark and Pam Davis

  6. CandleImageTo our fellow RVer and neighbor, Dianne and I offer our condolences and deep sympathy.
    Rest in peace John
    Rich & Dianne Lang

  7. I’m so sorry for you’re loss ,
    Gloria Sherri Jeff Gary all of the
    Grandchildren and the rest of the extended family!

  8. CandleImageGary, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father! Please know that you, Crystal, and your whole family are in the thoughts and prayers of your entire McKendree Church family! God bless you and hang in there!
    In Christ,
    Pastor Brian Germano (McKendree UMC, Lawrenceville)

  9. Condolences to the family.
    RIP John. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
    And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
    And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  10. CandleImageJohn, Was a good guy that worked with WorKampers and rallies for the betterment of the camping lifestyle. He knew and enjoyed camping as a way of life, it showed in the tribute that was showing at his wake. Always wanted to make things for the campers a little better, a little easier and definitely more friendly. I worked reservations with him as a teacher his patience was calm and forgiving. John did a great deal for SMP and the camping community, hard to replace these kind persons.

  11. Gloria and family,
    I never personally met John. My daughter, April Daniels Guard has been a family friend thru Gary for years. She had talked so fondly of Gloria and John, It felt like I knew them.
    I know that John will be greatly missed. May God bless and comfort you all.
    Sincerely,
    Debra Daniels Rowell

  12. CandleImageMy dearest Gloria,
    Oh my what shocking and saw news i learned about Mr. G.
    I know your hurting. Its only time that will allow you to begin to heal. And with friends and family that surround you. John was a good man. A fantastic father. He allways showed his boys the way.
    I witnessed it myself. There were times when i thought of him as my dad. I spent A LOT of fun times with youall at Lanier. Whether it was camping or boating or jet skiing, I was allways included. You and John made me feel like family and I thank you for that.
    I wasnt able to be at the service, but you are in my prayers and I empathize your sorrow.
    I Love You
    April G

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