James Oliver Pombier

June 17, 1930 ~ February 6, 2018 (age 87)


James O. Pombier, 87, of Jacksonville, FL passed away on February 6, 2018. He was born in Albion, Michigan on June 17, 1930.

He retired from the U. S. Marine Corps and Western and Southern Life Insurance, and was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Jacksonville, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents Louis Pombier and Wetah (Vandyke) Pombier, and his nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret A. Pombier; 5 children: James (Terri) Pombier, Mary Hoffman Rabb, Patricia (Lowel) Nash, Linda (Sam) Drelles and Philip (Lexa) Pombier; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, and many very special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

During his 20-year military career, he served honorably in both the Korean War and Vietnam War. Beginning as a sales associate with Western and Southern, he worked his way up to District Manager retiring after 20 years in Jacksonville, FL. He was called back from retirement with Western and Southern and worked as an auditor for another 5 years. Jim had a great love for his family and extended family which included pretty much everyone he met. He loved watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in all sports. Jim loved outdoor hobbies such as fishing and hunting, and during his later years developed a love for gardening.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL with military honors.

Locally, the family will receive friends from 10 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Kempf Family Funeral Homes and Cremations Services, Marshall Chapel, 723 Old US 27 North, Marshall, Michigan. A memorial service to celebrate the gift of his life will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with Deacon Mike Mareno of St. Mary Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Oakridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to: Marshall St. Mary Catholic Church; the Veteran of Foreign Wars; Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, The Cooper Center, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172-1776;, or Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517; Arrangements by Kempf Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Marshall Chapel,Marshall, Michigan. To leave a personal message and sign the online register, please visit


AUG 25. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US HWY 27 North
Marshall, MI, 49068

Celebration of Life

AUG 25. 11:00 AM (EDT)

Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US HWY 27 North
Marshall, MI, 49068

Graveside Service

AUG 25. 12:00 PM (EDT)

Oakridge Cemetery
614 Homer Road
Marshall, MI, 49068

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