Craig Dirke McCombs

Craig Dirke McCombs

Craig Dirke McCombs of Salina, KS formally  of Ironton, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. He was 37.

Dirke was born on Dec. 31, 1981 in McComb, IL, a son  of Craig Robert McCombs and Mary Jane Titus, who survive.

Also surviving are four children, Abbigail, Lucas, June, and Bradley McCombs; three brothers, James “JR” McCombs (Sarah Knapp), Jacob (Tammy) McCombs, and a stepbrother Kevin Titus; a stepsister, Kayla (Jordan) Brouwer; his stepfather, Rick Titus; his grandfather, Robert Lee “Jake” McCombs; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Dirke was preceded in death by three grandparents, Walter and Shirley Livingston, and Phylis McCombs.

Dirke, as he was known to all those who knew and loved him, grew up in Iron County. For the last several years, he was working as a painter which he enjoyed, but he was truly a jack-of-all trades. He was a skilled heavy equipment operator, he worked as a metal fabricator and laborer, a skilled construction worker, and knew all about living as a poor country boy and logger.

Dirke’s life was that of a cowboy’s. No one was a stranger and nothing was off limits. If you didn’t know him, you wouldn’t be able to forget him with the help of his larger-than-life smile and intoxicating laugh.  His horse, Smokey, was like a fifth child to him.

Besides riding Smokey, he enjoyed being outside. Whether it was four-wheeling in his truck, riding four wheelers, or hunting, he always found happiness in such activities. Above all else, family and friends meant the most to him. He loved his time with all of his family, but nothing meant more to him then the time he got to spend with his children.

Dirke will be sadly and greatly missed, but fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

A Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. from the Cole family chapel. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will be held in Cove Cemetery.

Jim Liggett will be officiating the services.

Online condolences may be made at