Darrell D. Brensing

Darrell D. Brensing, 86, of Manhattan, returned home to be with his LORD and Savior on February 9, 2022.

Darrell was born September 23, 1935, in Great Bend, Kansas, the son of Jakie F. and Hulda H. Brensing of Hudson, Kansas. He had lived in Manhattan since 1969.

Darrell earned his Associate of Arts degree from Hutchinson Community College, his Bachelor of Arts from Ft. Hays State University, his Master of Arts from Pittsburg State University, and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He married Patricia L. Ginder of Stafford, Kansas on July 29, 1956.

Darrell began his professional career as an industrial arts teacher at Hutchinson Public Schools in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1957. He then initiated the first cooperative distributive education program in the Hutchinson public school system and was recognized as the “Father of Vocational Education” at Hutchinson. as he started many professional training programs while working there.

In 1969, Darrell was hired by the USD 383 school system as principal of Manhattan Area Vocational Technical School, now known as Manhattan Area Technical College. He held this position for 7 years and was credited with establishing many innovative programs for the school, which was recognized as one of the outstanding vocational technical schools in the country. In January 1976, he took a break from education and entered the banking industry, joining Walt and Alan Bell as vice president of Citizens State Bank. His love for student education led him back into the education field in 1977, when he joined the American Institute of Baking as director of education when the institute moved from Chicago to Manhattan. He was later promoted to Vice President of Education and enjoyed a 20-year career at AIB. In this capacity, he has spoken globally on a variety of topics as well as to national and international trade organizations. His ability to design and develop innovative programs has earned him the distinction of being recognized in Who’s Who in Kansas, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Outstanding Educators in America, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders.

Darrell’s greatest satisfaction was helping young men and women find jobs and seeing them succeed in rewarding careers. To help them get gainful employment, he wrote the book “Marketing Yourself, Making the Most of What You’ve Got”. He dedicated this book to his grandchildren in case he is not there to help them in their job search when they need his advice and advice.

Darrell was an active member of the Manhattan Rotary Club, serving as club president in 1982-83. He was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow in 1991. One of his greatest pleasures in Rotary was forming the Kansas State University Rotaract Club in 1990 and serving as its sponsor or co-sponsor until 2016.

Darrell was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church where he enjoyed being involved with the “Old Geezers” group that performed various types of maintenance for church properties.

Darrell has also served as President of the Manhattan Country Club, President of United Way of Riley County, was a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce where he was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 1993, in addition to numerous business organizations in course of his professional career.

Survivors include his wife Pat of Manhattan; son Doug Brensing and his wife Roxanne of Lenexa, Kansas; daughter Kelly Brensing White and husband Tim of Manhattan; six grandchildren: Helane (Ben) Downey of Mission, KS; Brandon (Tess) Brensing of Olathe, KS; Tricia (Jeremy) Holliday of St. George; Manhattan’s Jamey White; and Daniel (Laura) Bennison of Leawood, KS; eight great-grandchildren: Rylee and Emma Downey, Hudson Brensing, Dean, Jeremiah and Addy Holliday; Brooke and Ann Bennison; sister-in-law Bev Vance; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Jakie and Hulda Brensing, his brother Myron Brensing and his grandson Tyler White.

This newspaper article describes “what” Darrell Brensing did, but it does not say “how” Darrell lived his life. We hope to honor “how” he lived his life at a Celebration of Life service at a later date when it is safe for everyone to attend. The family will be honored to see you celebrate with us later so that we can truly celebrate with family and friends the loving, caring and wonderful man who provided an example of the way to live.

Online condolences can be posted for the family HERE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Nursery School or the Meadowlark Foundation. Contributions may be left in the care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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