Photo of Jasper “Jack” Wenzel

Jasper “Jack” Wenzel

2004 Inductee


As a devoted community leader and lawyer, Jack practiced law for over 40 years.  He was a decorated World War II naval pilot and was Illinois Director of Aeronautics from 1961-1972.  During his tenure, Jack helped bring improvements to Springfields Capital Airport.  Always willing to assist the hopeless, Jack was a national labor arbitrator and help negotiate the cleanup of hazardous mine waste in the area.  He was an active volunteer in local organizations, including Chairman of Gillespie’s Centennial Celebration.