Charneski, Kenneth "Ken" L.
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Kenneth Lyle Charneski, 80, Bellevue resident, passed away into eternal life on Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was born on January 12, 1933 in Green Bay to the late George and Beatrice (Brienen) Charneski. Ken was the beloved husband to Darlene "Dolly" and they were united in marriage on October 19, 1957 and celebrated 55 ½ years together. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1955 with the U.S. Air Force and was promoted to Staff Sargent and served as a Flight Engineer on B-29 Bombers and C-124 Loadmasters. Ken was very proud of his time in service and he also served as a private pilot. Ken was self-employed for most of his life running the family farm and Charneski's Diamond Inn with his beloved wife, Dolly for almost 30 years. In 1992, he retired and enjoyed traveling in his motorhome and fishing. Ken was a member of the Bellevue VFW and past president of the Snow Diamonds. He was also a member of the AMVETS.
He is survived by his wife, Dolly; two children, Cheryl (Sterling) Grover; Kevin (Lisa) Charneski; 2 grandchildren, Jake and Ben; 4 step grandchildren, Landon, Tanner, Natasha and Chantel; sister, Deborah (John) Dorner; brother-in-law, Donald (Marion) Kratz; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Edgar and Edna Kratz.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. VFW Post 9677 service at 6:45 p.m. with a parish wake service to follow at 7p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Thursday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Road, after 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Daniel Viertl officiating and Rev. Ralph Merkatoris concelebrating. Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being established.
Ken's family would like to thank the staff at the Bellin Cancer Clinic and the girls at the Bellin Infusion Room for all of their care over the years. Also a special thank you to Unity Hospice for the comfort they provided.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2013