Bret A. Defibaugh

Birth Date: 
Saturday, February 27, 1960
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020

WOOSTER – Bret A. Defibaugh, 60, of Wooster passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

He was born February 27, 1960 in Wooster the son of Gary and Jeanne Meyer Defibaugh Morris. He married Deborah First on November 27, 1992. She survives.

Bret was a 1979 graduate of Wooster High School. He had worked for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Bret then went to work as a Certified Welder for Wooster Tool & Supply. In 1982 he became co-owner of Bowman Beverage. It was in 1985 that Bret became sole proprietor of the business.

Bret was very involved with, and loved, the Wooster community. He was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Bret served on numerous boards through the years. His true love was the youth of the Wooster community where he had shared his time and knowledge to many. He was a big fan of Youngstown State University. Bret loved to fish, cook, grill steaks and spend time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Bret is survived by his children Heath Rock, Corbett (Amanda) Coots, and Sheree (Joshua) Brownson, all of Wooster, Brittany Defibaugh of Boardman, Ohio, and Brandon Defibaugh of Wooster; grandchildren Paige, Hunter, Katie, Alyssa, Ashton, Grace, Troy, Addison, and Morgan; sisters Sherri (Don) Lupole of Wooster and Pam (Dave) Gagliardo of North Ridgeville; step-sister Lisa (Jeff) Smith of North Carolina; step-father John Morris of Wooster; mother-in-law Shirley First of Shreve.

In addition to his parents, Bret was preceded in death by his grandson Liam; and father-in-law Bill First.

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

Friends will be received at the St. Mary Catholic School gymnasium, 527 Beall Ave., in Wooster on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster with Rev. Stephen Moran as celebrant. Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery.

The private family Mass will be live-streamed on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home Facebook page on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary’s School, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or to any youth organization of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary’s School, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or to any youth organization of the donor’s choice.


St. Mary Catholic School gymnasium, 527 Beall Ave., in Wooster on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be live-streamed on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home Facebook page on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.


My dear school friend
You was a great man in school and was a great man out in this world .we will miss your smile and joking .please keep watching overall your family and friends .
Fly High on that mountain in God's kingdom.

Our community has lost a great man; His kindness will be forever remembered. May our Father in Heaven welcome him with open arms.

Prayers for the family will miss Bret will never forget him

God Bless family thru hard time

Unbelievable. No words to express my sadness, my heart goes out to his family he'll be missed by many

My prayers go out to the family. Bret always gave donations to the Wooster Jaycee projects, especially Safety Town. All I had to do was call him on the phone and food, pop, or whatever we needed would be right there. A great asset to the Wooster community. You should all be proud.

Gonna be a deep void in our community. I will miss your calls and our talks in the office.
Love and prayers to the family. RIP my brother.

Good friend I will miss you

He will be missed but never be forgotten.

You never knew a stranger. ALL WERE JUST FRIENDS YOU hadnt met were an asset that will forever be missed in the community. Your hugs were the best your words will echo many years your smile not forgotten your laugh will echo many also.....your ride is over journey is done rest easy.

I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Always enjoyed being around him. He was a hard working man and did a lot of behind the scenes help to many. He will be missed

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

My sincerest condolences, you were truly an inspiration to me and to many. You will be abundantly missed.

Bret had an impact on so many people. He was an impact on our son Colin and our family. His caring and giving spirit is an example to us all. Bret, you will be missed by so many and the city of Wooster. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Let his example be a challenge to us all on how to care for others and give back to the community.

My dear friend/father figure you will be missed more then imaginable, and i will forever be grateful for your always open arms and ears to me. Till we meet again the wisdom advice and love you showed me will be celebrated daily. The world will be a less good place without you here. With love always

Prayers and understanding to all who knew and loved Bret. Our community has lost a true friend and hero . Rest in Peace Bret were loved by so many and will be deeply missed.We thank God for the opportunity to have you in our lives!

My condolences to Bret’s family and you will be in are prayers

Our condolences to Bret's family. He did so much good in the community and will be greatly missed. RIP Bret.

Heartfelt sympathy for Deb & children. May Jesus wrap you all in his loving arms & give you peace in the future. The Wooster Community has lost a great friend & supporter who will be missed by many. RIP Bret with your Mom and others.

Deb and family I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all. ❤️

I’m so sorry for your lose he was great guy he was a hero to my son jimmy Thomas .... jimmy is very sad over all this also my brother ted amstutz is hurt he was a great guy

Sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man and will never be forgotten. The world needs more people Like Brett. Many hugs and prayers .

You will be sadly missed. You were a great person to me. You liked picking on me to get a rise out of me then laughing at me. All in all you were a good person

Our condolences brett will be greatly missed

My deepest sympathies to his family. He touched so many lives and truly stood for Community building and service. I will truly miss his off brand humor, good conversation, and challenging me to push forward amidst difficult decisions and times. Peace, prayers, and comforting thoughts sent your way.

Bret and his family are not just friends but they are family. We have known them for many years. We miss him more than words can say. You were a amazing person now you are a amazing angel! Your legacy will live on!

Me and Bret connected and always had good conversation and we helped each other. I love and respect his family and Im so glad to have met him. Get some rest friend. You worked hard.

My deepest condolences to Deb Corbett and the entire family. Brett was a great person and friend. He and our conversations will be sadly missed. Prayers for the entire family

He was one of a kind never knew a stranger. He always helped my husband that has dementia. All the donations for Wooster football. Will be missed by all Wooster. RIP Bret thoughts and prayers to the family

Deb and all the family I am so sorry for your loss. Brett was one of the greatest men I have ever known. I will miss his friendship and are talks we had as I grew older. I will keep you in my thoughts and Prayers. R.I.P Brett

A good friend and a good fellow You will be greatly missed in our hearts and our communities.

Your wings were ready but our hearts were not. You have brought so much love and laughter into peoples lives. In my eyes there is no one that could ever fill your shoes. Look down on us one day and you will realize you would or could never be forgotten. Rest in his hands. Prayers for healing to Deb,children, and family and friends.This is one heck of a loss that will never be forgotten.

Fly high my friend.

I have read the kind words everyone has shared about Bret.He has definitely made an impression on our community and many peoples lives.It is my prayer that everyone remenbers,and carries on Brets legacy. As we grieve ,it is my hope ,that the memories and stories we share,will bring some comfort to all who knew and loved Bret.I pray you find peace in our Heavenly fathers arms.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and family

Rip my friend I'll miss ya for sure.

So sorry to read this. God be with you all.

we met in another friends backyard playing football and were friends since all the way till now. Hopefully your rest is good and peaceful my old friend there will only be one like you.

In these moments of loss, words are useless. God rest his soul in peace, and the angels to always be there with you. My sincere heartfelt condolences.

Deb and Family,
So sorry to hear of Bret's passing. Am thinking of you all during this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Sara Sturgeon

Our prayers to the family. What a terrible loss to the community! He helped more people than we all know. He will be GREATLY missed! R.I.P Bret..

My thoughts and prayers to the family. So deeply sorry for your loss.

Please accept our sympathy and prayers for Bret and the Defibaugh family Prudy Pasquariello and family

My deepest condolences.

Bret was one of the most giving persons I have ever known. Time, money, talent, whatever was needed he was there. I met Bret through Wooster Youth Baseball where he served as a volunteer for many years. His sponsorship of the Bowman Beverage team has lasted through whole generations of ball players. His time working with youth, both at St. Mary and at the High School was incalculable.

He made Wooster a better place to live. I will miss him.

We have known Bret and his family for a long time. He was always there when we needed him. Always got a hug and a smile from him. Please know we are very saddened by this he will be missed. Praying for you all.

So sorry for your loss Bret was such a kind hearted man always had a big heart and smile to cheer you up. Will be missed my all RIP

I feel privileged, as a school-aged kid, to be one of the first beneficiaries of Bret's "tough love, yet tireless dedication" many valuable lessons. He had so much to give to everyone within his vast network, and may his spirit still live within us. Peace to you, my brother, and deepest condolences to the whole family.

Deb and family, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband, dad and Grandpa. Bret was a wonderful and caring man who was very generous with his time and talents in Wooster....he will be missed. Take care, Dianne


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