William C. Brosch Jr.

March 9, 1962February 24, 2013
Play Tribute Movie

William “Bill” C. Brosch Jr., 50, of Huntley, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

He was born on March 9, 1962, in Chicago, to William and Esther (Bates) Brosch. On June 16, 1984, he married Elizabeth “Betsy” Nichols in Bensenville.

Bill enjoyed geocaching and his jobs as a computer programmer, but his passion was the Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He earned his Woodbadge and was awarded the Sycamore District Blackhawk Council Action Award.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy; his daughter, Rebecca “Becky”; his son, Eric; his brother, Larry (Lisa) Brosch; his sister, Beth (Dan) Mlachnik; his grandmother, Helen Bates; his uncles, Sonny (Fran) Brosch and Jim Bates; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Brosch Sr.; his mother, Esther Brosch Thommes; his grandparents, Herman and Lillian Brosch; his grandfather, Frank Bates; and his uncles, Ed and Johnny Brosch.

A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Highway, Marengo. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Harmony, 11821 E. Grant Highway, Hampshire. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William C. Brosch Memorial Fund for an education fund for Becky and Eric at Castle Bank, 677 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo, IL 60152.

Online condolences may be made at For information, call the funeral home at 815-568-8131.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 1, 2013

William C. Brosch Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Linda and Tim Harrison

March 16, 2014

Tim and I were reminiscing and he decided to see if Bill was on Facebook. He did a search and this came up.....needless to say we were both shocked and saddened to see of his passing. We had many fun times together, in our younger days. Bill was a special person. Betsy, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and Becky and Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bruce Nichols

March 13, 2013

Sorry for your loss. As a fellow Adult Scout leader and Eagle Scout I just found out that Bill was involved in scouting. I am related to Betsy as her older cousin. I would have liked to talk to him about scouts and to find out what critter he was in Wood Badge. I am a Bear. He sounds like he would be happy to find out that my son will be having his Eagle Board on April 8th.

Betsy we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Bruce, Barbara and Dane

Larry Prinner

March 10, 2013

Sorry for your loss! I've met ya once at the Pumpkin cache and had that comradery right away!
I knew we challenged ya with some FTFs of ours n always loved the logs ya left..... Always very respectful!
We will miss ya.... But your in gods hands now.... Cache on Mr. Brosch.
Get a lot of smileys !

Larry, Sandy, L.T., n Crimson

Steve Rosengarden

March 3, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I worked quite a bit with Bill in scouts. He has left his impression on many and was always a ray of light.

Laurie Cisneros & Family

March 3, 2013

Dear Betsy, Becky & Eric,
Our hearts go out to you. The times I've seen your husband/dad he always seemed to have a gentle smile about him. I think that speaks volumes as to his character.

Carl Kimberly

March 2, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Although we never met him in person, we know of him as a member of our Geocaching community and often signed logs beneath him. He will be truly missed amongst the Geocachers of Northern Illinois. We've heard that the best Geocaches are in Heaven so cache on "brosch!!" Your Fellow Cachers, Carl & Kimberly ...TeamSeekAndWeShallFind

The Shallcross Family

March 2, 2013

Betsy, Becky and Eric,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and for years to come.

Jeff Hart

March 1, 2013

Betsy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family following this incomprehensible tragedy. May God heal you and preserve all of your good memories.

Debbie VanOchten

March 1, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to your family! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Dorothy Gurke

February 28, 2013

Will not get to Marengo, Thursday evening, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace and comfort knowing others are praying for your comfort.