Memorial service held for former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer

Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 10:35 AM CDT
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Update: Monday, June 19, 2020

A memorial service will be held for formal Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer this Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church.

The service is open to the public.

The church is practicing social distancing, so seating will be limited and the family has asked that attendees wear facemasks.

A community memorial for former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will be held on June 27.

That memorial will take place at Saint Mark United Methodist Church at 1525 N. Lorraine in Wichita.


Former Wichita City Mayor Carl Brewer has died at the age of 63.

His family confirms the former lawmaker died early Friday morning.

Brewer was Wichita's first African-American elected mayor. He served from 2007 to 2015. Before that, he served on the Wichita City Council representing District 1 from 2001 to 2007.

Brewer's family released the following statement:

“Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer passed away Friday morning. There are no details available for a memorial service at this time but we will provide an update at a future date. The family appreciates the support they have received from the community. They ask for privacy at this time.”

Brewer had some ongoing heath issues, but his family says his death was unexpected. They say in the last few weeks, Brewer was making some progress in the hospital before dying suddenly Friday morning.

"We will always have our memories, and our memories, not of him being mayor, not of him being a council member, but him being a father, him being a grandfather, all of that," Brewer's daughter, Carol Brewer says. "Those are the memories we have."

Brewer grew up in Wichita and worked in the aviation industry and served in the National Guard before becoming involved as a city leader in Wichita.

Friday, local and state leaders offered condolences and issued statements on Brewer, including Kansas Governor Laura Kelly who issued the following statement.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Carl's untimely passing this morning. Carl was an outstanding Mayor, served for more than two decades in the Kansas National Guard, and was a strong supporter of the Kansas Labor community. I have no doubt the impact of his contributions to our state will be felt for generations to come. “I’m also grateful for his service in my administration, both during our transition, and later when he played an integral role on the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform. “Carl truly embodied all of the best qualities of what it means to be a Kansan, and he will be dearly missed.”

The business community also reflects on Brewer's career and service and the lives he impacted. This includes following statement from Spirit AeroSystems where Brewer spent part of his more-than-two-decades-long aviation career.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mayor Carl Brewer. We were fortunate to have his leadership throughout his 24-year career with Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems. Carl had the ability to take charge and ensure projects were completed successfully, but he is also remembered by his colleagues as a leader who took the time to listen. These same traits marked his two terms in public office as Mayor of Wichita, where he was known for consensus building that led to significant improvements to the city. Beyond his many professional accomplishments, Mayor Brewer’s ability to establish trust among a diverse constituency serves as a model of leadership that will be a lasting legacy.

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