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On January 30th, 1929, in Palmyra, Nebraska, a son was born to Paul and Bertie DesCombes. They named him William Henry after both of his grandfathers. William (Bill) was joined by two brothers; Robert in 1931, and Leland in 1934. The family moved to California around 1938. Bill and his brothers attended the one room school in Honcut. In 1946, a sister, Susan, was born. Bill then graduated from Oroville High School in 1947; he then went on to graduate from Chico State with his teaching credential. He got his first job at Brittan Elementary School in Sutter. He stayed there until his retirement 32 years later.

Bill met the love of his life, Marie, and on February 9th 1980, they were married. With his new wife and two step children; DeWayne and Arnell, they made their home in Marysville, CA. As a new husband and "father", he became an anchor for his family; he was loving and gentle, never assuming, always present. In their 37 years together, Bill and Marie welcomed 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Bill died quietly and unexpectedly at home, on November 1st, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents and both brothers. Along with his wife and children, Bill will be missed by his sister and her husband; Bruce and Susan Cameron of Gridley, CA, and their 3 children, and his Cousin/life long best friend, Ed Gauchet, of Sacramento, California.

The services will be held at the Radiant Life Church, 1608 Sampson Street in Marysville, at 1:30 pm Sunday, November 26th, 2017.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 19, 2017
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