Carl Frank Brenner, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1926, died Feb. 3, 2018, Shawnee, age 91. Carl was born to an Austrian immigrant father, George Brenner, and Pennsylvania Dutch mother, Catherine.

Carl Frank Brenner, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1926, died Feb. 3, 2018, Shawnee, age 91. Carl was born to an Austrian immigrant father, George Brenner, and Pennsylvania Dutch mother, Catherine.

Following high school, Carl enlisted in the Navy. While in the Navy, he was sent to several locations in the United States to work on radar. At the time, our ships were being attacked by Kamikaze planes and had little defense for the attacks without visibility to their approach. Carl became part of a Navy team that worked on the design, installation and testing of radar placed on a Navy torpedo bomber plane. This served as a precursor to the world’s biggest radar plane, the AWACS E-3 Sentry.

It was during his training at Stillwater that Carl met his future wife, Doris, from Paul’s Valley, both age 18. They were married in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 19, 1944.

When the war ended, Carl returned to his chosen trade of carpentry and became a construction superintendent in the Philadelphia area until his retirement.

Carl and Doris were extremely adventuresome, loved to travel by sea and by land. Upon their retirement, they moved onto their sailboat. For 10 years they traveled the seas from the Chesapeake Bay to the Windward Islands, South America. By land, they toured throughout 49 states, Mexico and Canada.

Carl is survived by his wife of 73 years, Doris, Shawnee; son, James Brenner (Jill), Tecumseh; daughter, Linda Stephenson (Mark), Taylorville, Illinois; and four additional generations of family.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Frank, and daughter Sue.

Celebration of Carl’s life will be held Friday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chapel, Shawnee.