Lawrence J. Kienzle, 86, of St. George Island, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at home.


Lawrence J. Kienzle, 86, of St. George Island, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at home.



He was born Aug. 1, 1926 in Greenfield, Wis. to Joseph and Frieda Kienzle, and lived in Waukesha, Wis. and Cocoa before moving to the island.



He attended West Milwaukee High School and worked as a machinist, engineer and supervisor at Wisconsin Motors and ACDelco in Milwaukee. In the 1970s, he and his family moved to Cocoa where he worked at McDonnell Douglas, retiring in 1990 as a methods engineer.



While living in Cocoa, he melded his long-time dream of flying with his skill in engineering, earning a private pilot's license, then building and flying a light, composite, homebuilt aircraft called a "Quickie." He also remained an avid gardener throughout his life.



He moved to St. George Island in 1993. He is survived by his long-time companion Peggy Ross of St. George Island; his children, Craig Kienzle, of New York City, Karren Wendt, of East Troy, Wis., Patti Bielling of San Antonio, Texas, Paul Kienzle, of Cocoa, and their mother, Hazel Kienzle, of Cocoa; his sisters Eleanor Krejci, of Muskego, Wis., and Dorothy Mueller of Prairie du Sac, Wis.; and two granddaughters, Amanda and Kristin Bielling of San Antonio.



His family will hold a memorial service on St. George Island in October.