McGilley Antioch Chapel

3325 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO


Douglas Michael Kohlbrecher

September 2, 1975January 23, 2020

Douglas M. Kohlbrecher, 44, of Gladstone, Missouri, was found January 23, 2020 in his home after passing away unexpectedly.

Born September 02, 1975 in Kansas City, Missouri, he was the second child, and only son, of Deanna L. Kohlbrecher (née Jackson) of Smithville, Missouri, and Jerome J. (Rynthia) Kohlbrecher of Kansas City, Missouri.

Growing up in Smithville, Doug enjoyed many different activities including swimming, biking, and tobogganing down the hills on snow days. When he began playing organized sports, Doug played soccer and baseball, but it was basketball that he continued to play through the 8th grade. In high school Doug began lifting weights and hung out with his friends including his best friend, the man who was a brother to him, Dorian S. (Cynthia) Deligeorges of Parker, Colorado, and his younger sister, Jasmin L. Deligeorges of Parker, Colorado.

He is a 1993 graduate of Smithville R-II High School in Smithville, Missouri. He graduated with his BS in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1998 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and with his Master of Business Administration from Baker University in 2004.

While an enthusiastic sports fan of both the Kansas City Royals and his beloved Kansas City Chiefs, in truth Doug bled Mizzou black & gold. Starting back in the stands in the student section of every football and men’s basketball games, he was honored to eventually serve as the Student Athletic Board President. After graduation he remained heavily involved in the KC Chapter of the MU Alumni Association, attending many events. In addition, Doug continued to have season tickets to as many Mizzou football and basketball seasons as he could and owned the sports packages at home to ensure he never missed a game.

In addition to his parents, Doug is survived by his three sisters Kathleen A. Kohlbrecher of Kansas City, Missouri, Amy L. (Elizabeth) Balconi-Kohlbrecher of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Jean R. (John Craven) Kohlbrecher of Smithville, Missouri; his nieces Alexandra and Elizabeth Knechtel of Kansas City, Missouri; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

Doug was preceded in death by his grandparents Chester and Elma (née Gott) Jackson formerly of Coffeyville, Kansas, and Lawrence and Eleanor (née Albers) Kohlbrecher formerly of Joliet, Illinois.

Memorial Mass will be 12:00 Noon Wednesday, February 5th at Holy Family Catholic Church, with a following service at 2:30 PM at McGilley Antioch Chapel where visitation will begin at 1:30 PM. Interment to immediately follow the services at Resurrection Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome; should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Tri-County Mental Health (Tri-CountyMHS.org). Any help that allows them to continue to help others combat substance abuse and other mental health issues would be greatly appreciated.


  • Deanna L. Kohlbrecher, Mother
  • Jerome J. (Rynthia) Kohlbrecher, Father
  • Kathleen A. Kohlbrecher, Sister
  • Amy L. (Elizabeth) Balconi-Kohlbrecher, Sister
  • Jean R. (John Craven) Kohlbrecher, Sister
  • Alexandra and Elizabeth Knechtel, Nieces

  • Jon Lawrence, Pallbearer
  • Jon Stephens, Pallbearer
  • Court Hinton, Pallbearer
  • Ron Sammons, Pallbearer
  • Tobi Leuthardt, Pallbearer
  • Adam Swearingin, Pallbearer


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Douglas Michael Kohlbrecher

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Lisa Mejia

January 29, 2020

I was lucky enough to work with Doug at Cerner for a couple years. His oft-mentioned wit, sarcasm, & intellect made him one of my go-to fonts of knowledge. The fact we both shared incredibly cynical views of the Royals & Chiefs was surpassed by our mutual hatred of KU. Many a queue bust was made tolerable by his wisdom & jokes. He had the greatest laugh as well. So shocked & sorry to learn of his passing. His absence will be hard to handle for many of us. Rest easy, Doug E. Fresh 😥

Eric Stone

January 29, 2020

I was very sad to hear of Doug's passing. I remember him to this day in his yellow and black striped rugby shirt, cheering at Mizzou football games. We had a lot of good times together back in the 90's. He will be missed.