Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


William  “Bill” J.  Brown, 74, of Wooster passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at his residence.

He was born March 17, 1949, in Richmond, Indiana, the son of Isaac Sr. and Sarah Franklin Brown.

Bill served his country proudly with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He was employed at Agrati, in Medina, for the last 27 years. Prior to that, he worked at Permold, in Medina, for 26 years. Bill loved all things motorcycles – especially Harley-Davidsons. He will be remembered for his huge heart, caring personality, having a keen sense of humor, being extremely generous and kind, and having charm that drew others to him. Bill enjoyed collecting die-cast toy cars and trucks and could often be found at the auction house on Madison Hill in Wooster. He also enjoyed visiting casinos. Bill had spent over 40 years of his life living in West Salem, Ohio. Roughly 5 years ago he moved to Wooster to be closer to his doctors while dealing with his health issues.

Surviving are his children Ginger (Mike) Preston of Orrville, Janine (Mark) Maglott of Wooster, and Randy (Nicki Troyer) Brown of Toronto, OH; grandchildren Caroline (Mike) Barr, Colt Preston, Courtney (Clayton Stack) Preston, Chloe (Benjamin Amstutz) Preston, Elijah Maglott, and Anna Maglott; siblings Ike Brown, Willis “Andy” Brown, and Sarah Jean Ward; and his former spouse and mother of his children, Geraldine Brown.

In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were 7 brothers and 2 sisters; and his longtime girlfriend Kathy Phillips.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, in Greenville, OH.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray expenses or to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. My condolences to this beautiful family.
    Bill was a gentle giant with one of the biggest hearts. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for the past 2 years and I enjoyed his sense of humor and the ability to make people smile. His passing is a great loss to all that knew him. May he rest in eternal peace.

  2. Randy,
    Sending positive thoughts to you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Our family chain is broken
    And nothing seems the same
    But as God calls us one by one
    The chain will Link again.
    Always in my heart
    You will be missed

  4. Although I did not know your Father & Grandfather I would like to express my sympathy to you and your family. Loss is a hard thing to get through. Remember the good times. God Bless you all. 🙏🏻

  5. You showed us a lot of things
    We learned a lot we didn’t know,
    But you forgot to teach us one last thing
    How to let you go

  6. Sending prayers and sympathy to you and your family during the time

  7. R. I. P. my friend of 50 years 🙏 I will cherish the memories we all made. I will miss your visits and phone calls. I will miss and love you forever. 🌹

  8. Will miss Uncle Bill so much!! His sense of humor was awesome! I called him Bigfoot because I rarely got to see him!! He was simply the best ever!! Hug’s for all his family!!!!!

  9. Rest in peace Uncle Bill Brown you will be missed

  10. Janine, Ginger, Randy, so sorry for your loss! Lifting you up in prayer!


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