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Kenneth E Brewer

May 25, 1929 — November 1, 2023

Kenneth Edward Brewer of McAllen, Texas, and formerly of Butler County, Ohio, died peacefully in his sleep on November 1, 2023. He was 94 years old.Ken was born on May 25, 1929, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Orville Edward Brewer and Lillie Bell (Ward) Brewer. Ken was raised in Butler County and graduated from Seven Mile High School in 1947. In April 1948, he married Iris Colleen Barrett of Hamilton, Ohio. The couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this year. Ken attended the University of Cincinnati and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He served as New Miami Village Clerk and was honored as a Kentucky Colonel. Ken began a 40-year career with Armco Steel of Middletown, Ohio, beginning in 1947. He rose to become Assistant Manager of Transportation for the West Coast at the Kansas City works and served in leadership positions on several transportation boards before retiring. Ken was an avid fisherman and took advantage whenever he could. For many years, he made annual trips to Tennessee and in later years enjoyed fishing in Alaska, throughout Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico. In retirement, he and Iris began many happy years traveling across the U.S., as well as Canada and Alaska, visiting family in their motor home and making many new friends along the way. They began spending winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and settled there in the early 2000s. Ken is survived by his wife: Iris; children: Patricia Wilson, Jane Lakeman, Kenneth Brewer, James (Kathrin) Brewer, Joseph Brewer, Claudia Gutierrez, Brian Brewer and Susan Brewer; grandchildren: Christine Reeves, Sally Vollner, Diane Romelli, Adriana Blanton, Luis Gutierrez, Stefan Brewer, Andrew Brewer, Kendall Brewer and Jahsenta Henry; 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by a daughter: Mary; his parents; brothers: Dick and Ted; sons-in-law: Joseph Wilson and Jose Luis Gutierrez, and grandsons: Randy Reeves, Eddie Vollner, and Alex Brewer. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at Colligan Funeral Home, 437 S. 3rd St., Hamilton on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 10:00 am until time of the Blessing Service at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at St. Stephen's Cemetery. Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:00 AM Colligan Funeral Home
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