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Douglas R. "Doug" Brower

Douglas R. Douglas R. (Doug) Brower passed away June 19, 2017, at Via Christi Health Center, Manhattan, Kansas. He had courageously battled Graph verses Host Disease, a complication of a bone marrow transplant for several years. Doug was born October 3, 1967, in Manhattan, the son of Garry Ray and Ruby Kay Kasenberg Brower. Doug attended the local schools and was a 1986 graduate of Manhattan High School where he was team manager for both basketball and track and a member of the marching band and wind ensemble. Doug was a charter member of the Little Apple 4-H Club and was the recipient the Kansas State 4-H Key Award.

Upon completion of high school, he attended Fort Hays State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/TV production. While a student, he was an active member of Block and Bridle, the Rodeo Club, student senate, and worked on the student radio station. Following graduation, he worked with the School of Nursing as an interactive television tech and was instrumental in moving the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner’s program from the conventional classroom to an electronic setting.

Doug was Director of Technical Services for Aceware Systems, Inc of Manhattan for 12 years where his responsibilities included program sales and computer support for academic institutions. In typical “Doug” fashion, he made friends with all those he worked with across the country. During the two years he was involved with computer network support at Meadowlark Residential Community, he befriended both coworkers and residents. In 2007 Doug, changed his career course and accepted a job at FedEx Office as a project coordinator, where he remained until illness prevented him from working.

Doug had a huge heart and a positive attitude, which touched many people. Volunteerism was a focal point of his life. As a member of the Manhattan Jaycees, he served leadership roles in the local, as well as state chapters, and was a member of the Board of the Kansas Cerebral Palsy Ranch. For a number of years, many weekends were spent at the Ranch in Augusta assisting with maintenance of the ranch facilities. Following his lymphoma diagnosis, he actively supported fund raising activities for the Relay for Life. Doug was a life-long member of the First Christian Church in Manhattan.

Surviving Doug is his mother, Ruby Kay, brother, Justin and his wife, Kathy, nieces, Claire Avery and Jenna Renae; aunt, Linda Watkins, her husband, Jim and daughter, Stacey Watkins Martin and her husband, Robert; numerous cousins, and a host of friends. Doug was preceded in death by his father, Garry and his grandparents, Edith Ruby and Fred Kasenberg, Wanda L Eimer and James Wayne Brower.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 11 am at the First Christian Church, Manhattan. Visitation with the family at the church Friday, June 23, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Inurnment will be in the Benton, Kansas Cemetery at a future date.

Memorials to the “Doc” Brower Scholarship Fund at Fort Hays State University or the Terry C Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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