Military veteran

Billy Dale O’Neil, 75, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center surrounded by loved ones.

He was born March 19, 1935, in Betrice, Neb., son of Bernard O’Neil and Reta Garriss O’Neil. Bill and Blenda Winslow were married June 12, 1955, and to that union five children were born: Terry, Lorraine, Vicki, Glenn and Billy. Bill and Patricia Eveland Nail were married Sept. 21, 1996.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Dick, Don, Jack, John and Frankie.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pat of the home; five children, Teresa Phillips and Vicki Wade of Houston; Lorraine Romine and husband, Gerald of Branson, Glenn O’Neil and wife, Jenny of Scott City, Kan., and Billy O’Neil and wife, Debbie of Licking; two stepchildren; Joe Eveland and wife, Jennifer and Natalie Carter and husband, Richard; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sister-in-laws and a brother-in-law, Sandy O’Neil of Omaha, Neb., and Paula Randall and husband, Jerry of Fayetteville, Ark.

He graduated from Beatrice High School in 1953 and went straight into the United States Army, where he served for over 20 years. He participated in two foreign wars, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 and joined the Houston Police Department, where he served for 12 years.

He began painting in 1973 and started O’Neil’s Painting Service in 1975. He worked at Harp’s Grocery Store in Doniphan, Mo., until his death.

He was baptized in 1955 in Barstow, Calif. He was attending Westpoint Pentecostal Church in Doniphan to worship his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Billy’s favorite pastime was his family. He loved being surrounded by family. He enjoyed painting, fishing, hunting, woodworking, dancing, sports, learning new things, going to see his grandchildren and enjoying life. He always bragged that he taught all his children how to make a living by teaching them how to paint. He was always adamant that all windows were cleaned spotless, and we did the best job possible for every customer. He also bragged that he was the oldest person working at the store and his prayer every day before he went to work was, “If I can be a blessing to one person today, I’ll be happy.”

Services were 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Edwards Funeral Home in Doniphan, Mo., followed by a memorial service at First Christian Church in Houston, Mo. Burial was in Hunt-White Cemetery in Doniphan, Mo.

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