WATERLOO -- Kenneth Jacob Brower, 90, of Waterloo, died Monday, Aug. 20, at NorthCrest Specialty Care of cancer.
He was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Aplington, son of Riekus and Gertrude Neymeyer Brower. He married Ruth Ferris on Aug. 16, 1952.
He graduated from Aplington High school, joined the Navy and then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1955. He taught school at Rembrandt, Iowa, for five years and then graduated with his MA from the University of Northern Iowa. He was an instructor at UNI and then was a teacher in the Waterloo Community Schools, teaching industrial technology for 23 years.
Ken loved traveling with Ruth, and fishing and hunting with friends. He had a delightful personality and could make people laugh. He loved life! And he was well loved, especially by Ruth, his soul-mate and wife for 66 years.
Survived by: his wife; a sister, Ruth of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two nephews, Steven Peters and Eric Peters; two nieces, Barbara Eshake and Jean Bartholomew; and a special friend, Lyle Harms. He was preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Bob; a sister, Carol Jespersen; two nephews, David Brower and Robert Brower Jr.; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Bach.
There will be no services per his request. He will be cremated and buried in the North English Cemetery in North English. Memorials may be directed to Hospice at NorthCrest, 2001 Heath St., Waterloo 50703. Powell Funeral Home in North English is in charge of arrangements for Kenneth. www.powellfuneralhomes.com
Uncle Ken was among the great uncles of the world! When I was growing up we would see him and my Aunt Ruth most frequently at my grandparents' home in Aplington, where he was born and raised. Those occasions still warm my heart just thinking of them. We had big family gatherings, with real feasts of turkey and sometimes pheasant with homemade pies for the major holidays. Across the way was a town park where my cousins and I often played. Often when my cousins were not there, I focused more on my Uncle Ken and Aunt Ruth, who as teachers knew just how to make a young child feel special and loved in the family. Ken could tell a better story than anyone I've ever met, and better than most storytellers on radio and the like. Whether it was about hunting adventures or getting caught in some prank as youngsters, the stories he shared of life in Aplington growing up and in Iowa as an adult were always worth listening to, and often involved some element of humor. There was always a twinkle of good humor in his light blue eyes, and an imaginative flair in his way of thinking about life. He could be serious, too, and was level-headed in his discussions of weightier matters such as events of the day or an illness in the family. He adored his wife, loved his family, was devoted to both of his parents but especially his mother after his father passed away. He loved animals and nature and God's good earth. My mother, his sister Carol, thought extremely highly of him as well, and always looked forward to seeing him. He was very simply a good person who will be greatly missed. I am his niece, and I will always love and be grateful to Uncle Ken for having been here and having been a significant part of my world. Love, Jeanie
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