Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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LT. COL. WARREN J. KORINEK, USAF

5/12/1921 - 2/6/2014

Beloved father and brother passed away Feb. 6.

He was a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he was a member the of Sigma Nu fraternity, majoring in pre-med during the early beginnings of WWII.

He begged his mother to allow him to enlist, where as she encouraged him to complete school and get his bachelor's degree.

He acquiesced, but took flying lessons without her knowledge, and joined the Air Force.

A veteran of three wars, Warren had a distinguished military career. He flew KC-135's refueling tankers during the Vietnam conflict.

During one mission, his fuel allowance spent and ordered to return to base, he received a call from two fighter pilots over North Vietnam who themselves were low on fuel. He turned back, made the connection farther north into enemy territory than previously been attempted for which he received a medal.

He loved the water and was an excellent swimmer, teaching his kids to swim when they were toddlers. He loved Key West.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Lee Korinek. He is survived by his sister, Nancy K. Floyd of Lakeland, Fla., his sons Warren Korinek, Jr. and Scott Korinek and his daughter Kristie Korinek Bardsley, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton St. Key West. A reception will follow at the parrish hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.