It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carl Gene Penzel on November 20, 2018, former beloved president and owner of Penzel Construction Co., Inc. Born in Jackson, Missouri on January 10, 1934 to Carl L. and Mettie Penzel, Gene would go on to live a full and meaningful life with a focus on service to others.
The Early Years
Gene was a 1951 graduate of Jackson High School. He completed a one-year pre-engineering program at Southeast Missouri State before enrolling in the engineering program at the University of Missouri, Rolla. In 1955, Gene earned his Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree and, shortly thereafter, became a Professional Engineer.
After graduation, Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He then enrolled in advanced flight training in Kingsville, Texas, where he would become the first student to be instructed in jet aircraft. He was a distinguished naval aviator who went on to become a naval flight trainer in Pensacola, Florida. He instructed future naval pilots in fighter tactics, instruments, cross-country navigation, bombing, gunnery and aircraft carrier qualifications. Gene served honorably from 1955-1959 achieving the rank of lieutenant.