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Charles F. DesCombes, 89, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at his home. He was born May 15, 1931 in Leeton, Mo., the son of Jesse DesCombes and Dorothy (Gildersleeve) DesCombes.
He married Dorcas Charlotte Bowman in Shawnee Mound, Mo., on June 1, 1952. She preceded him in death on November 5, 2019.
Charles was a Biology and Chemistry teacher for 30 years with the Clinton School District and a longtime Vermeer dealer with DesCombes Agri-Business where he thoroughly enjoyed working and visiting with the customers. He honorably served his country with the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Boxer, among other vessels and ports. He took great pride in being Assistant to the Admiral. He was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. Charles’ greatest enjoyment was time spent with his grandkids.
Surviving are one son, Daniel DesCombes and wife Kiki, Clinton, Mo.; one daughter, Diane Bernard and husband Andrew, St. Louis, Mo.; three grandsons, Andrew Patrick Bernard and wife Emily, Bozeman, Montana, William Charles Bernard and wife Hannah, St. Louis, Mo., and Todd DesCombes and wife Tori, Clinton, Mo.; two granddaughters, Tina DesCombes, Kansas City, Mo., and Rachael Stadter, Clinton, Mo.; two great-grandsons, Rory Paul Bernard and Gunner Harvey Cope; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marjorie Dyer; and one brother, Bill DesCombes.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Charles F. DesCombes Scholarship Fund.
Dorcas C. (Bowman) DesCombes, 87, of Clinton, Missouri passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 5, 2019 at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.
She was born July 21, 1932 in Clinton, MO, the daughter of Locke Bowman, Sr., and Naomi (McCann) Bowman. She married Charles DesCombes on June 1, 1952 at Shawnee Mound, MO. He survives of the home.
Dorcas was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church, a member of the PEO for over 50 years, and current President of the Lorna Kemper Club. She had a passion for painting, designing her own yearly Christmas cards. She was very instrumental in establishing the DesCombes Agri-Business with her husband Charles. Dorcas enjoyed visiting with customers when they came in.
In addition to her husband, surviving are one daughter, Diane Bernard and husband Andrew, St. Louis, MO; one son, Daniel DesCombes and wife KiKi, Clinton, MO; three grandsons, Andrew Patrick Bernard and wife Emily, Bozeman, Montana, William Charles Bernard and wife Hannah, St. Louis, MO, and Todd DesCombes and wife Tori, Clinton, MO; two granddaughters, Tina DesCombes, Kansas City, MO and Rachael Stadter, Clinton, MO; two great-grandsons, Rory Paul Bernard and Gunner Harvey Cope; and several nieces and nephews, among them are Locke and Patricia Bowman, David and Nancy DesCombes, Sarah DesCombes, Debbie and Joe Boyles and Denise and Darrin Key.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Locke Bowman, Jr.
DesCombes Agri-Business, Inc., was founded in 1972, by Charles and Dorcas DesCombes. It was set up as a Farm Dealer with Vermeer which meant owning and operating a Vermeer baler on the dealer’s farm.
As one of the first dealers to carry the Vermeer round baler, Charles ran the first model, a 605A baler. Since then the company has operated all 605 models to date.
Charles focused on selling and starting the balers, while Dorcas handled the parts department and bookkeeping. Their son, Dan, and daughter in-law, Ki Ki, took over the business in 2011, and are the present owners. Charles still comes to the business in the morning to help with calls and customer questions. He may still be known for being a science teacher in Clinton for 25 years, retiring in 1990.
DesCombes Agri-Business is known for its outstanding customer service and the knowledge the dealership is able to provide regarding any forage questions its customers may have.
DesCombes offers a full line of hay equipment for small and large operations. They carry both new and used equipment. Since 1972, DesCombes has expanded their forage line in conjunction with Vermeer, from balers to a full line today, including balers, mowers, rakes, tedders, bale processors, and bale wrappers.
DesCombes currently has six employees. With the help of these employees DesCombes Agri-Busines is able to offer equipment repairs, in the field service, trouble-shooting over the phone, new belts and belt repair, monitor repair, a large parts inventory, winter service on equipment, financing options on select new/used models, in-season availability by phone, after hours parts set out, and the ability to ship anywhere.
DesCombes Agri-Business, Inc., philosophy is to provide a good product with good service and to use a policy of honesty.