Edwin Eugene “Gene” Pfalzer • June 18, 2019
Edwin Eugene (Gene) Pfalzer, 91, of Pensacola, passed away Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at Baptist Hospital.
Gene was born in August 1927 in Louisville, KY to Edwin and Mary Pfalzer. He was the second of four children and is preceded in death by his eldest sister, Patricia O’Connor. He attended St. Columbus Catholic School grades 1-5. The family then moved to a farm in Greenville, IN. Gene graduated from New Albany High School in 1945.
He joined the Navy in May 1945 at the age of 17. After graduating boot camp in Sampson, NY he was assigned to a brand new anti-aircraft cruiser named the USS Spokane which was making its maiden voyage.
After two years in the Navy he entered the American Radio and Television Institute in Chicago. He received a two-year Broadcast License and a First-Class Radio and Television License. This would launch his future into the world of television and radio broadcasting. Gene worked as a newscaster for WALA television in Mobile, AL for six years. He spent the rest of his career in radio. During his career he was a member of the Lions Club and served as President of Pensacola Broadcaster’s Association.
Gene had a true talent for radio broadcasting with his distinctive baritone voice. After working for several different radio stations locally and in Lakeland, FL he eventually retired as the sales manager of WMEZ radio in Pensacola.
A lifelong member of the Catholic faith, Gene believed in putting God and family first in his life and was a parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church for the past 45 years.
Upon the passing of his first wife, Gene is survived by his wife of 45 years Irene Delores (Raynor) Pfalzer, a brother J. Lawrence Pfalzer (Virginia) of Seattle, WA, a sister Julienne Uhl (Don) of Floyd’s Knobs, IN, a son Edwin Stewart Pfalzer of Gering, NE, and a daughter Anne (Pfalzer) Davidson of Pensacola. Gene was a loving grandpa to three adoring grandchildren, Ryan M. Davidson (Rachael) of Lincoln, England, April L. Higdon (Jeremy) of Pensacola, and Caroline E. Davidson of Pensacola. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and a beloved yellow lab named Sammie who adored Gene.
In his younger days Gene enjoyed gill net fishing and taking his boat out. He had a green thumb from his childhood days on the farm and was a master gardener growing turnip greens, kale, collard greens, eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, and even blueberries.
Gene had a special waffle recipe and loved to make waffles for the grandkids and he baked the best whole wheat rolls and pecan pie for every family dinner get-together. He had a love of music and liked to play the piano or strum the guitar and sing. He could fix anything and everything and was always up for a good political debate!
Gene was a very thoughtful and loving husband and dad who always put his loved ones before himself. He was a solid rock in the lives of his children. He was a gentleman with a big smile and a friendly laugh who will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Jack Campbell officiating.