Edward R. Gentzen

Gentzen, Edward R.

Edward Robert Gentzen, Dewey, Ariz., in the Village of Lynx Creek and most recently Prescott, Ariz., passed away on Nov. 20, 2013. He was 89 years old.

Born in Beaver Dam, Wis., on Jan. 11, 1924, at the Lutheran Deaconess hospital, the only son of Elizabeth (Zahn) Gentzen and Edward C. H. Gentzen. He attended St. Peters School nine years and then went on to graduate Beaver Dam High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Air Force on Dec. 10, 1942, where he had the duty as an aircraft technical inspector crew chief and many other titles. He served tours during World War II in England, France and spent one year in the Ukraine, Russia on the shuttle base for B 17's. When he came out of the service he hired out as a switchman in Chillicothe, Ill., for the Sante Fe RR. Later he attended Michigan State College in 1946 for one year. After which he hired out for the Milwaukee Rail Road as a brakeman and worked for them for 35 years, retiring in 1982.

On Aug. 14, 1948, Ed married Phyllis A. Zimmerman in Beaver Dam, Wis. They raised four children, Julia A. Paalman (Richard), Appleton, Wis.; Mary Jill Gentzen, Oshkosh, Wis.; John C. Gentzen (Elizabeth), Greenwood Village, Colo.; and Jane M. Gentzen-McCully (Arin), Chino Valley, Ariz.

Ed and Phyllis celebrated 65 years of marriage together just three months before his death. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, SSgt. R. Brett Stephens in August 2010. Ed donated his body to science and his cremains will be interred in the family plot in Appleton, Wis., sometime this summer, with a private family service.

All condolences can be sent to Mrs. Phyllis Gentzen, @ Highgate Senior Living, 1600 Petroglyph Pointe Dr., Apt. 212, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Dad, we will love you always and miss all the camping, fishing, hunting, sailing and all your hugs. Julie, Jack, Jill and Jane.




Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on June 13, 2014