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Joseph L. Coreno, 59, the immediate past president of the Ohio Campground Owners Association (OCOA) and owner of Honey-Do Campground, Spencer, Ohio, became a drowning victim May 30 while setting out swimming buoys on a small lake at the park.
“Somehow or another he fell out of the boat and he couldn’t swim,” said OCOA President Daryll Bacus, who succeeded Coreno on May 1.
Coreno had served as OCOA’s president for four years.
The (Akron) Beacon Journal reported Coreno was under water for 20 minutes before rescuers could locate him.
The newspaper said that a friend, Walter Klein, was helping Coreno place the buoys and attempted to rescue Coreno. Klein was able to maneuver the empty boat to Coreno after he fell out, but Coreno could only hold on for a few seconds before he slipped under the water.
Bacus said that under Coreno’s administration, OCOA made progress improving campground owners’ relationships with state and local government. “He was active in government affairs and the association is doing a better job these days partnering with government, and the state parks,” Bacus said.
Coreno and his wife, Beverly, owned the 220-site Honey-Do Campground for 17 years.
“He would help anybody with anything,” Beverly Coreno said. “He had a lot of friends.”
Corino also is survived by three sons and a daughter, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday (June 3) in Medina, Ohio.