Charles W. Genack

11/18/1942 — 04/02/2023

Born in Buffalo, NY

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Recitation of the Rosary

Thu, April 20, 2023, 4:00 pm
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352

Memorial Mass

Fri, April 21, 2023, 12:30 pm
Christ the King Catholic Church
1111 Stevens Drive

Richland, WA US 99354

Graveside Service

Fri, April 21, 2023, 1:30 pm
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352


Fri, April 21, 2023, 2:30 pm
Wed, April 5, 2023, 4:30 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

Charles W. Genack


Charlie passed away at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, WA on April 2, 2023, due to an accidental injury he sustained at home in Kennewick, WA. Charlie was born November 18, 1942, in Buffalo, New York to Lorraine Woodward and Cadwell Genack. Charlie graduated from the County of Bergen’s Vocational & Technical High School in the spring of 1962. While attending High School, Charlie joined the US Navy Reserves in 1960. After graduation, he went to boot camp at USNTC-Great Lakes. His first assignment after boot camp was the training ship, USS Miller DD-535 based out of Boston.

While stationed in Boston, he met his future wife Maureen McGarry at a Local YMCA dance. Charlie was later assigned to the USS Albany CG 10 in the fall of 1962-1964, while the ship was being converted from a heavy cruiser to the Navy’s first guided missile cruiser at a Boston area shipyard.

Charlie and Maureen tied the knot on Nov. 14, 1964. Eventually, Charlie left active duty for the Navy Reserves. Charlie and Maureen settled down in the South Shore part of MA just south of Boston. Charlie and Maureen had their first child, Michael, in 1966. Their second child, Paul, was born in 1968 and their third child, Jennifer was born in 1973. By February of 1977, after working many odd jobs, Charlie talked Maureen into letting him return to active duty in the Navy. Life changed for Charlie and his family. His first ship assignment upon return to active duty was the USS McCandles FF-1084, out of Norfolk, VA. A routine scheduled overhaul for the ship took Charlie and his family from Virginia to Philadelphia Navy Shipyard less than a year later. A transfer to the USS Sims FF-1059 took Charlie and his family back to Norfolk. The Sims eventually was sent to Bath, ME for a scheduled overhaul. The USS Sims was later assigned to Mayport NS in Florida. In 1979, the Navy assigned Charlie to the Navy Training Center in San Diego to instruct younger sailors Machinist Repairman skills in 1981. In 1984 Charlie was transferred to the USS Acadia AD-42 at Naval Station San Diego. In 1987, the Acadia was sent to the Middle East to repair the USS Stark that was struck by two missiles from an Iraq fighter plane. Now a Chief Petty Officer, Charlie and his men’s mission upon arrival was to fix the crippled ship so it could sail back home. In 1988 Charlie was transferred to NNPT in Idaho Falls for nuclear reactor training for Machinist Repair Supervisors. In 1999 he was transferred to SIMA in Earle, NJ. Charlie was responsible for opening a machinist repair workshop at the old Navy Ammo Depot, just south of NYC. In 1991, Charlie was transferred one last time to Norfolk, VA and assigned to the USS Shenandoah AD-44 until his retirement in 1995 from the Navy. Over the years Charlie was also a part time youth baseball and soccer coach.

Charlie and his wife Maureen packed up their New Jersey home and retired to the Tri-Cities, Washington area, where his oldest son and daughter were presently living. Charlie & Maureen bought a house in West Richland, close to where Mike lived. Charlie soon came out of retirement and used his Navy machinist training to land several different union machine shop jobs in Richland and Pasco for another 10 years of hard work before retiring again. Even in retirement, Charlie volunteered at the Kennewick Police Department’s CHIP’s and volunteered at Kadlec Hospital for many more years. Charlie was also a member of the Richland VFW Post #7952 and participated in their Honor Guard. Charlie was also a member in the Richland Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, achieving their highest degree.

Charlie’s wife Maureen passed away in January of 2011. Charlie is survived by his sister Patti, his two sons and daughter, Michael & his wife Erinn, Paul and his wife Cindi and Jennifer and her husband Brad. Grandchildren; Christina, Kenneth, Nicholas, Ashley and her husband Koty, Laura and her husband Dalton, Jacob and Abbey. Great Grandchildren; Preslee, Karsyn, Miles, Maisyn and his dog, Bobo!

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Charles W. Genack

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  • Mike, Paul & Jen & Families

    I felt like I was sitting right there with you all. God Bless Charlie ! He was generous & loving . I am sure he is proud of all his children & spouses, grandkids & great grandkids .

    Jean Young
    April 21, 2023
    Raynham MA
  • Dear Charlie’s family,
    I was very happy to call Charlie friend. It was a lot of fun to have Charlie volunteer at the hospital with me. It was always an adventure with him. I will miss him a lot. My prayers are with you and all your family.

    Maria Schwegel
    April 19, 2023
    West richland
  • Dear Jennifer and Brad, Ashley, Laura and Jacob and your families,
    I send heartfelt sympathy and condolences to each of you in the loss of your father and grandfather. Although I did not know Charlie, he must have been an incredibly strong, hard working and dedicated man. He made so many contributions to all. His contributions touched the whole nation. I send you hugs and love and prayers at this time, that you will be comforted and peace.

    Norene Eggers Erlandson
    April 9, 2023
    Richland, WA
  • What a wonderful life he lived!! My prayers to his family and friends- my grandkids will take good care of Bobo💕

    Brenda L. Bacon
    April 6, 2023
  • We love you Uncle Charlie! Bud, Lisa, Logan and Jodi

    Bud Young
    April 5, 2023
    Bridgewater MA
  • Charlie was such a wonderful man. He loved his family so very much and it showed. Charlie made everyone feel more like family than friends through his sense of humor and food! He loved to put on a great spread. He was a generous man always willing to share what he had with others. Those lucky enough to receive veggies from his garden will agree. My husband and I stayed at Charlies home to visit family while he gone on a trip. It was wonderful to have that opportunity. Charlie will be Greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Rest in heavenly peace Charlie.

    Anna A
    April 5, 2023
    Centralia WA
  • What an impressive life Charlie lived. It is an honor to call him family!
    He will be missed by all!
    My love tô the family and my sincere condolences for the passing of a great man and father!

    Dana Rust-Rice
    April 5, 2023
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