Charles “Chuck” Korenoski

Charles “Chuck” Korenoski

February 25, 1940 ~ July 10, 2019

Age 79

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.


  • Jim and Linda Bates Posted July 12, 2019 10:13 am

    We only had the opportunity to meet him one time, when Carrie and Bob were married. Wish we could have known him better. Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends who knew and loved him.

  • William Schneider Posted July 12, 2019 11:24 am

    Served with Chucking USAF at RAF Bovingdon, England

  • Anne Mattie Posted July 12, 2019 12:29 pm

    Praying for your beautiful family; with deep sympathy 🙏

  • Mack Pringle Posted July 13, 2019 3:43 am

    Such sad news but I was reminded of when I first met Chuck at RAF Bovingdon in the early 60;s when we all had a great time as 20 year old’s God Rest in Peace old mate.

  • Robert M. “Bob” Kunick Bovingdon Bunch Posted July 13, 2019 1:34 pm

    May all your happy memories of Chuck sustain you through this difficult time. Sincere Sympathy
    Bob & Rosaline

  • Allert ‘Dutch’ Boersma Posted July 14, 2019 1:28 pm

    I first met Chuck as a classmate while stationed at Keesler AFB. 8 out of 10 drew assignments to HQ 3rd Air Force, South Ruislip, England.. Soon Chuck became part of a group of 6 airmen to man a newly established radio relay site at RAF Bovingdon, 25 miles NW of London..The six of us got to know each other well. Years later I reconnected with Chuck when I found out about the Bovingdon Bunch, a retiree organization of all who had served at RAF Bovingdon. Chuck was involved and served as President. He was a long-time friend and I will miss him. Rest In Peace. Willie.

  • Kay Jaton Posted July 14, 2019 5:27 pm

    Korenoski Family, this is a wonderful tribute to Chuck. I enjoyed working for Chuck in the US West Douglas frames. I have many good memories of our work group there.
    I send thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Cathy L Meyers Posted July 15, 2019 9:44 am

    Di and family, I am so sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing. Di, I know you did such a great job of taking care of him through his illness, a true testimony of your undying love for him. Every man should be so loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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