Chuck Yenni, 1924-2005

Former Ohio State Legislative Board Chairman

Charles W. "Chuck" Yenni, 80, former Ohio State Legislative Board Chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, died on April 12 from complications following a series of strokes.

Brother Yenni was a member of BLET Division 526 in Willard, Ohio, but spent many years as a member of Division 296 where he served as Local Chairman. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Baltimore & Ohio General Committee of Adjustment and S-T of the Ohio State Legislative Board. However, Brother Yenni is best remembered for his years as Chairman of the Ohio State Legislative Board from 1978-1987.

"He was one of the most dedication officers in the Brotherhood," said Jim Ong, current Chairman of the Ohio State Legislative Board. "He absolutely loved the BLE. He was and still is very well though of. He was an effective politician who made things easier for Bill O'Brien and myself. Chuck always had a twinkle in his eye. He was a good man."

Bill O'Brien succeeded Brother Yenni as Chairman of the OSLB.

Born Aug. 29, 1924, in Dover, he was a son of the late Walter and Beulah Latto Yenni. Chuck graduated from Dover High School and went on to serve honorably with the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired as a locomotive engineer from CSX and its predecessor, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, after 45 years of service. Chuck also owned and operated the Columbia Tree Farm near Dover, which was truly one of the joys of his life.

Chuck was a member of the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE) and a 32nd Degree Mason, belonging to the Dover Lodge. He was a member of the Dover post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Smith Yenni, whom he married on April 18, 1970; two daughters, Barb (Bob) Schilling and Betty (Dan) Keener, both of Ashland; a son, Ron (Nancy) Yenni of Mansfield; a stepson, Terry Prater of Dover; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; four brothers, Jim (June) Yenni and Rich (Carol) Yenni, both of Nova, Bob (Grace) Yenni of Lorain and Ralph Yenni of Mansfield; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma Wilder Yenni, on July 2, 1969; a sister, Mary Louise Yenni; and a brother, George Yenni.

He was buried on April 15 in Ashland County Memorial Park where military rites were conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. 3rd St., Dover, O. 44622.


(With reporting from the Dover, Ohio, Times Reporter.)


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