Charles Jerry McKenzie

McKenzie, Charles Jerry
passed away at his home at The Sea Ranch, California, on April 1, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Jerry was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 23, 1928, to Charles and Mathilde McKenzie. He graduated from Purdue University Engineering School and his first job was at Link Belt in Indianapolis. He moved to Arizona in 1956 taking a job at AiResearch (later Garrett and then Honeywell) in the Turbine Engine Lab. He retired as the Engineering Lab Supervisor in 1986. He was an active hot-rodder his whole life, was a member of the Southwest treet Rod Assoc. the San Diego Roadster Club, and the Indiana Modockers Auto Club; and enjoyed preparing for, attending and participating in Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He also was an amateur radio operator for many years, and active with the Boy Scouts in Pinewood Derby racing. Jerry won many awards over the years for car building and fabrication. He received thirteen First Place trophies for his 1927 Track T Roadster, one for his Dune Buggy, and two for his 1929 D Gas Bonneville Roadster. He shared trophies with Ermie Immerso for his 1977 Land Speed Turbine Streamliner, and with Chauvin Emmons for his 1974 C Blown Fuel Modified Roadster. In 2008, he moved permanently to his summer home at The Sea Ranch in California. He is survived by his wife, Florence; his children: Jerry McKenzie, Jr. of Phoenix (Kyong-Sun), John McKenzie of Scottsdale, MariAnn Koloszar of Salem, Oregon; stepchildren: Lynne Carlson, The Sea Ranch (Jay Bergman), Jay Carlson of Tempe (Rhonda), Katie Chomiak of Denver (Scott), and Jim Ryan of San Francisco (Jeanette); 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held in Arizona at a later date. Funeral arrangements are through Chapel of The Sea in Ft. Bragg, California.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 10, 2013