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Bill Browett

Bill was born on July 28, 1950 in Kansas City MO to Andy and Margaret (Scott) Browett. He was united in marriage to Jan (McBride) on November 21, 1980 in Moberly MO. Bill is survived by his wife Jan of their home in Nixa, MO; daughter, Ashley Bell of Owasso, OK and son, Adam Browett of Lakewood, CO; three grandchildren, Brent, Blake, and Brooklynn Bell; sister, Janet Browett of Lee Summit, MO; brother, Don Browett of Independence MO; sister in law, Ladonna McBride of Moberly; one niece, Meagan Cruse; one nephew, Jeremy Blunt and three great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, both his paternal and maternal grandparents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, sister-in-law, a nephew, a niece, uncles and aunts. Bill was a graduate of Raytown High School in 1968 and completed his BA Degree at Missouri Valley College and his MS from Central Missouri State University. He also attained an Administration Certificate from Western Illinois University. He had previously played one year of semi-pro baseball in Olathe, Kansas and college baseball for Missouri Valley College. He was a natural born athlete and an exceptional coach. . Bill coached in Scotland County from 1982 to 1986, leading the Tigers in a perfect season his final year. He was also privileged to be named the head baseball coach and football defensive coordinator for The Culver-Stockton Wildcats in 1988. Bill was a member of the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association and had received many honors for his coaching skills, including GAC Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003; St. Louis Umpires Association Coach of the Year in 2004 and several conference championships. Bill spent twenty years in public education and seven years at Troy Buchanan High School where he retired as coach of the baseball team. He then accepted the position of assistant coach for the River City Rascals located in O’Fallon. After his retirement he had sent out resumes’ including one to Pat Daly, the first general manager of the Rascals. Daly was a former player for Browett at Moberly High School and encouraged him to pursue this new chapter and he put out Browett’s name. As a coach, Bill was competitive but also humble and patient. His greatest joy was when his athletes reached their potential and personal best. Helping his athletes realize their dreams was as important to him as winning. Bill was a devoted father to Ashley and Adam. Ashley recalls memories of boating and skiing with her father while Adam remembers fishing together. He also has memories of the countless hours his dad spent throwing him pitches. Bill was athletic and he loved all sports and outdoor activities. He was a “hands on” father and grandfather who passed his enthusiasm on to his children and grandchildren. Bill liked to joke that he was a Jack of all trades. Which included piloting a Piper Cub. He was a calm and relaxed man who didn’t get upset easily. His favorite advice to his wife was often “Let it Ride, Jan”. Most importantly, Bill was always open about his love for the Lord which he shared with his family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home, 411 Union Avenue, Moberly, MO on Saturday May 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. followed by interment in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions in Bill’s honor to The Miracle League, 1506 Klondike Rd., Suite 105, Conyers, GA 30094 or to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 South Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073 or through lcfamerica.org. Condolences may be shared online at pathwaymemorial.com.

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Dear Jan, Ashley, Adam We are sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of time spent with your family. Brandon still talks about the fishing and water skiing trips with Bill and Adam . Bill was also a great coach too. Your in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and take care. Steve and Brenda Colbert and Family

Brenda Colbert May 29 2020 10:33 PM

To Jan and the rest of the Browett family: I can't tell you how shocked and saddened I was to hear of Coach's passing! I very much felt I should attend the services and wanted to, but my current position requires anyone traveling outside the metro St. Louis area to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning before coming back to work and after already missing nearly three months of work due to COVID, I really can't afford to sit out any more time. I hope you'll understand. Coach's drive and determination are the sole reasons why Moberly High School started a baseball program in time for my junior year in the spring of 1978. I can't express enough what a positive influence and impact Coach had on me while playing for him those two seasons. He made all of us better ballplayers and his teachings made us pretty good teams right from the outset. I've been proud to say I was the first catcher and captain MHS baseball ever had and it would never have happened without Coach Browett and his trust in me. In fact, many of my successes later in college baseball and in front office work in professional baseball may never have happened if not for his efforts. He was a class act at all times, a real role model who was always a calm and patient teacher who really knew his stuff and would do anything for you. I feel sorriest for those who will not receive the privilege of his knowledge and kindness going forward because he has left us way, way too soon. It's a terrible shame. But be comforted in this fact: I'm sure he's finding some guys to play ball with or give some tips to in Heaven right now! Take care and know you are all in my prayers, Patrick Daly MHS '79

dpatrick691@netscape.com May 26 2020 4:47 PM

When Bill first came to Scotland County, the booster club had a watermelon feed to introduce him as SC football coach. He spoke to the crowd, giving a little of his background. Most memorable was when he introduced his wife as his #1 fan, Jan! I knew right then, I was gonna really like him! Thanks for the positive influence you had in some great kids lives!

Vicki Dodge May 25 2020 10:37 AM

I had the pleasure of playing for Bill his first year at Culver-Stockton College in 1989. Many many great memories of him coaching us that season. Then, I had the unique opportunity to coach against him in his days at Troy Buchanan HS. Bill and I would talk before and after games and it was something that I will not forget. Rest in Peace coach.

Joel Adam May 24 2020 10:08 AM

Jan, So very sorry to hear the news Bill had passed. I have great memories of our time together on Market St. In Memphis. Good ole Buck, fishing, and taking a ride in that Piper Cub will stay with me for ever! Terry and Brenda Wilkinson

Terry Wilkinson May 24 2020 8:28 AM

When I was student at Scotland County, Coach Browett gave up the better part of a summer day to go fishing with me on my Uncle's farms. The fact that my coach would want to spend time with me outside of school still means so much to me today. He was a great man and coach. Nathan Briggs

Nathan Briggs May 23 2020 9:14 AM

Dear cousin Jan and Ashley and Adam. We are so sorry Bill has passed. Doesn't seem real - Bill was always energetic and full of life. He loved his sports, his family and God. The void you are feeling right now is so hard because he was the center of your family. He was easy going - I can't say I ever saw him upset. He had a way about him to soothe other's anxieties as well as I'm sure Jan, Ashley and Adam can attest to. We are glad that he is no longer suffering or existing in a broken body from the cancer but even so, the loss of Bill will be hard on many people. He touched many lives as a coach and teacher and memories will be forever close in heart for those players and students. His kindness to others will be endearing to all of us who have been fortunate enough to know him. Our prayers are with you Jan and family ~~~ words can only say so much to comfort you but be assured you will be in our hearts always. Love, The McCollum's, Connie, Daryl, Chris and Brian

Connie & Daryl McCollum, Chris & Brian May 22 2020 7:34 PM

We are very sadden to hear of Coach a Browetts passing. We cherish the memories made both on and off the baseball field. Jan, Ashley and Adam are in our hearts and prayers. God bless you all, Doug, Donetta amd Katelyn Schieffer

Donetta Schieffer May 21 2020 9:48 PM

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Many great memories of summers spent at ballparks with you all. Bill had a great baseball mind - we still quote him often. Deepest sympathy to Jan, Ashley, Adam, and all of the family. He was a good man and will be greatly missed.

Kent & Peggy Hufty May 21 2020 12:04 PM

A great coach and drivers Ed teacher too. One of the good guys. He started the Moberly baseball program.

Kerry Carpenter May 20 2020 9:16 PM

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