Charles “Chuck” Korenoski
February 25, 1940 ~ July 10, 2019
Chuck was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1940 to John and Elizabeth Korenoski. He graduated from high school in 1958 and soon after enlisted in the United States Air Force. He proudly served in the Air Force for 8 years. He was stationed at Offutt AFB where he met his soul mate Di on a blind date in February of 1963. They had a very short courtship and were married in November 1963. They were married 10 ½ months before Carrie Lynn arrived. The Air Force sent him to a base in Korea where he was for 14 months. Upon returning home, he decided to end his service in the Air Force and start his civilian life. He started his career with Northwestern Bell Telephone. Kelly Jon was born 5 years later.
Chuck’s career with Northwestern Bell lasted for over 25 years prior to him taking an early retirement buyout. He loved telecommunications. He ended his work life at MCI.
Chuck was a quiet man who was passionate about Di, his kids and grandkids, Houston, Baily and Leah. He supported them in everything they did. He loved his family whether they were related by birth, in-laws or friends who became family. He also loved his dogs.
He proudly served his country and carried that pride every day. He loved exploring this country with his family from Alaska to the Caribbean islands. One of his favorite travels was fly-in fishing in Canada. He went countless times. He also loved to hunt.
It is hard to sum up everything he enjoyed and loved. He would love it if you thought of him when you experience a beautiful sunrise or sunset, a long open road, a great breakfast, see a windmill in a field, hear a loon, a new car, a good laugh, M*A*S*H or Hogan’s Heroes, eat a perfectly ripe piece of fruit, see someone wearing the black and gold of Pittsburgh-no matter the team, see a weimaraner, thank someone serving our country and catch that trophy fish in the quiet of a lake with someone you love to share it with.
Chuck did not just live but he loved! He fought long and hard to live, now it is time for him to rest and let his legacy live on in the love of everyone who surrounded him.
Preceded in death by parents John and Elizabeth and sister Betty Ann.
Survived by wife of 56 years Dianna “Di”; daughter Carrie L. Bates (Robert); son Kelly J. Korenoski (Tracy); grandchildren Houston and Baily Korenoski, and Leah Bates; sister Kathy Tusai; and brother David Korenoski.
Visitation: Sunday, July 14 from 2-4 p.m. at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Service: Monday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at St. James UMC, 1501 Franklin, Bellevue.
Inurnment: Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at Omaha National Cemetery.
Memorials: St. James UMC or Wounded Warriors Project.