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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 6, 2011

Scott Bostwick, 1961-2011

Scott Bostwick, 49, of Maryville, Mo., died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville.

Scott was born June 22, 1961, in Omaha, Neb., to Robert Bostwick and June Staab Bostwick Blair. He was a 1979 graduate of Omaha North High School and he received his bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan, where he was a four-year letter winner and was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

He was united in marriage to Susan Marie Duckworth, December 30, 1988, in Omaha. They have two children, Leah and Eric.

Scott was named the 18th head football coach at Northwest Missouri State University in December 2010. Prior to that, he had been the football team's defensive coordinator since 1994. As Northwest's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, he was the 2007 American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and was part of a coaching staff that won 12 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championships, three NCAA national championships and led the Bearcats to seven title game appearances in the last 13 seasons. In addition, Scott coached 20 defensive players who combined to appear on numerous All-America teams, and he coached 54 Bearcats who combined to earn 83 All-MIAA honors. Throughout his years as a coach, Scott made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of student-athletes, not only as a coach, but also as a mentor and a friend. Scott also was defensive coordinator at Nebraska Wesleyan from 1986 to 1990 and at Western Washington University from 1990 to 1994.

He was a member of the St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church and the Elk's Lodge, of Maryville; and the AFCA.

Scott is survived by his wife, Sue, and children, Leah and Eric, of the home. He is also survived by his parents: June Blair and Robert Bostwick, both of Omaha; brothers: Todd (Ginger) Bostwick, Omaha; Brent Bostwick, Omaha and Chad (Kelly) Bostwick, Warrensburg, Mo.; sisters: Robin (George) Weingaertner, Omaha; Julie (Jon) Ish, Omaha; Debra (Tom) Clark, Omaha; and Leslie (Matt) Patterson, Omaha; step-father: Gary Blair, Omaha; step-brothers: Jon Blair, Maxwell Blair, Marlon Blair and Magdeil Blair, all of Omaha; and a step-sister: Lemmy Wright, Omaha.

A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Bearcat Stadium where the family invites the public to embrace a game-day atmosphere.

A public viewing will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. in the Mary Linn Auditorium. 

The family invites the public to a tailgate gathering following the Celebration of Life Service.

Private interment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Leah and Eric Bostwick Education Fund in care of Nodaway Valley Bank.

Price Funeral Home, (, Maryville, Missouri.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468