Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home

14 Grand Street, Oneonta, NY


Donald "Bill" Brown

March 10, 1944April 6, 2020

Donald Ferris “Bill” Brown of Otego, NY passed away on April 6, 2020, following a heroic fight with pancreatic cancer.

Bill celebrated his 76th birthday in March. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Brown; his son, William and wife Dwan of Maryville, TN; a daughter Betsy and husband Ray Addeo of Stuart, FL; and 7 grandchildren. Bill heralds from a proud family of 10 siblings, brothers Jim and wife Tammy, Mike and wife Roxanne, Terry and wife Ellen, Doug and wife Karen, and Steve; sisters, Janice and husband Ronnie Miller, Deborah and husband Randy Bresee.

Bill is predeceased by his parents, Don and Thelma Brown; and sisters, Donna and Jill Brown.

Wild Bill did many crazy and downright dangerous things during his time. He is loved by many, liked by lots, respected by some, and despised by a few. His favorite times were spent hunting or playing cards, riding his 4 wheeler, pushing dirt with a Bobcat, or just generally getting into trouble.

He was a member of the Sixth Ward Athletic Club in Oneonta and the Unadilla Rod and Gun Club.

The family requests that if anyone wishes to share a priceless moment they had with Bill, please do so here so we can all smile again. Keep it clean, this is a family page!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, a gathering to remember Bill will be held at a later date. We will be in touch.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Michele Brown

April 24, 2020

To Gretchen, Billy and Betsy whose lives were most intimately intertwined with Uncle Bill’s, and to my dad and all of the Brown children/siblings, I share my most sincere and heartfelt wishes that you may know and be comforted by God’s love and compassion; and I love you all.

Aunt Deb - the poem you posted is beautiful. Thank you!

Jerry and Sharon - my heart goes out to you, and I thank you for your loving friendship and support to Uncle Bill and Gretchen.

One of my favorite memories of Uncle Bill was from childhood. During one of the family gatherings at Papa and Gramma’s house, I ran into the kitchen and started tugging on a shirttail trying to get my dad’s attention and when Uncle Bill turned around and looked down at me, I told him that he’s not my dad! He didn’t seem surprised by that revelation though, and just smiled that big, bright smile and laughed... telling me to try again. The genes run strong in this family, “those Brown boys” all look alike! :)

jennifer carey

April 19, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family ,I knew bill for many years ,I used to work at Chestnut St. McDonald's and bill was a regular every day he get his coffee and talk to me ,always treated me with respect and kindness and even after I left and worked at hannafords I would see him and he would give me a hug and say hello truly a nice guy almost like a grandfather to me ,he will truly be missed ,to his family so sorry for your loss but if I know bill hes up in heaven watching over all of us may God bless his loved ones

Janice Miller

April 16, 2020

Bill Love and Miss you. Janice

Betsy Addeo

April 16, 2020

I can’t even think where to begin to share the amazing memories with my Dad. He was a special individual as most of you know and there isn't another one like him lol. It was never a dull moment with him to say the least. I can say even when he tried to be serious and yell at my brother and I we could do nothing but just laugh. He was always the light of the room no matter where he was or who he was with. My kids adored him and always talk about how funny Pop Pop is and how fun the toys (snowmobile, sled etc) he had there for them while visiting in New York were. I enjoyed watching my Dad watch his grandchildren play and I will never forget the many smiles he had while doing it. There are so many memories I will cherish forever and the stories will never end. RIP Dad I love you and miss you more then you know!

Deborah Bresee

April 15, 2020

Big brother you were definitely one of a kind. We could always count on you to want to get a party or gathering together with family and friends. Remembering all the picnics, horse shoe , card games played at the house and the fun had by all. When the phone rang and someone said did you hear what Bill did, all I could do was shake my head and say and he survived. You lived your life to the fullest and fought a hard fight to the end.

The Lord saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be be,
So He put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come with me."
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay
When days are sad and lonely,
And everything goes wrong,
We seem to hear you whisper.
"Cheer up and carry on."

Prayerfully one day we will see each other again. XOXOXO
With Love Always Deb

Janice Donlin

April 15, 2020

Sincerest condolence to the family from our family. Janice Donlin and Emily R. Longtin

Sandra Currie

April 14, 2020

Bill was my cousin. I remember all the good times we had as kids. We were together a lot of weekends - all us kids and all of his family. We had a lot of great times. As we got older, I guess, we all got busy with our families. But I will miss seeing and visiting with Bill at our annual reunions. Rest in peace Bill.

Joe Stillman

April 14, 2020

Bill was one of the most creative geniuses I have ever worked with. The things he did were incredible! Rest In Peace my friend and my thoughts are with your family.

Leonard Hilliker

April 13, 2020

I went to school with Bill and knew his sister Donna. I remember him well. RIP May GOD continue to watch over you.

Len Hilliker

Cindy Donofrio

April 13, 2020

Playing poker ( texas hold-em) and telling him he made the wrong call, and if he won the hand he would say “read the book” thats how its done! Lol! He always claimed he wrote a book on how to play poker! And if he lost and we picked on him, he said “ yeah, yeah”! He was a lot of fun!! It was great being able to celebrate his 75th b day with him last year!! Mike (my husband) and I considered him a friend! Bill would stop at our store and talk with Mike, or he would call him on the phone just to BS with him!! Mike has many more stories than I do, they spent much more time together!! I will miss him at every game we will ever play!! Sending Gretchen (my drinking partner, lol ) when I lost money at games at their house, lots & lots of love !!! Sending strength and sympathy to all of Bills family!!


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