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Gene Arthur Venzke

January 30, 1937 ~ October 18, 2018 (age 81)

Gene A. Venzke of Arlington, VA, retired US Army Colonel, Boeing engineer, and National Gallery of Art volunteer, died on October 18, 2018 at the age of 81.  Gene was born in Waukesha, WI in 1937, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and proudly served as an officer in the US Army, serving two tours in Vietnam and receiving the Bronze Star. After retirement from the military in 1987, Gene enjoyed a second career at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). His third career was as a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  


Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Rosemary Long Venzke, who always referred to him as her Prince Charming. He is survived by his three children Stuart, Patrick, and Sharon and his daughters-in-law Mary Ellen Hale Venzke and Pamela Farrell Venzke. He absolutely adored his granddaughters Monica Venzke and Lily Venzke. No description of Gene could be complete without mention of his companion and best friend over the last decade, Janet Peckarsky, whom Gene loved very much.  Gene is also survived by his brothers Charles and Bruce, their wives Judy and Jeanne, and their sons and daughters. 


Gene was universally liked and admired for his sharp wit, quick laugh, keen intelligence, and overarching kindness and fairness. He could turn any joke in to a shaggy dog story and was a wonderful story teller.  Gene will be remembered for many things, including his love of the Green Bay Packers, his strong work ethic, his appreciation of a good sloppy joe and a not-too-expensive glass of red wine.  Gene was loved and will be missed.


Friends and family will celebrate Gene’s life at the Army Navy Country Club (1700 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, VA 22202) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on November 11, 2018.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either the National Gallery of Art (NGA) or the Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) Foundation. Gifts to the NGA can be mailed to the Development Office, National Gallery of Art, 2000B South Club Drive, Landover, MD 20785 or online at  Gifts to the VHC Foundation can be made online at

Additional details for contributions can be found at the links below~

Donations may be made to:

National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive, Landover MD 20785
Tel: 1-202-737-4215

Virginia Hospital Center
1701 N George Mason Dr., Arlington VA 22205
Tel: 1-703-558-5000

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