Jean Cragun Tombaugh Obituary
Jean C. Tombaugh Oct. 31, 1915–Oct. 2, 2004
Jean C. TOMBAUGH, 88, of 700 Pontiac St., Rochester, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Saturday at her residence.
Born in Chicago on Oct. 31, 1915, she was the daughter of John Beach and Iva Mayfield Cragun. She graduated from John Fiske Elementary School in 1930 and Hyde Park High School in 1934, both in Chicago. She attended the Chicago Art Institute for a three-year course specializing in fashion illustration.
On Sept. 29, 1940, she married Wendell C. Tombaugh in the Thorndyke Hilton Chapel at the University of Chicago campus.
She was always interested in her family and was very proud of becoming a member of the Manitou Chapter of the D.A.R. and serving as its treasurer. Jean saw the need early for local genealogical reference books and with her husband donated computer files of their many books to the Fulton County Public Library. By putting them on their Web site (http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/fulcogenealogyfrontpage.htm), the library has made the books available everywhere. For a few years, she and her husband operated a gift shop at 616 Main St., Rochester, later moving their business to Manitou Heights. After they closed their business in 1963, she was a secretary in her husband’s law office until he closed the office when he was elected Circuit Court judge in 1966.
Survivors include her husband, Wendell C. Tombaugh, Rochester; son, John B. Tombaugh, Rochester; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Virginia Rosalind Ehrman.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson St., Rochester. A private burial will take place at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. There is no funeral service. The family requests no flowers or memorial contributions be sent.