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O’Neal, John E.

d. July 20, 2010

John E. O’Neal age 72, of Williamsville, IL passed away on Saturday July 17, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He is survived by his: Wife – Doris
Son : Robert E. “Bob” O’Neal of Springfield, IL
Daughter – Wendy (Todd) Fletcher of Champaign, IL
Sisters – Patricia Scott of Oglesby, IL
Jean Oglesby of Lincoln, IL
Joan (Donald) Smith of Cantrall, IL
Joye (James) Branca of Hemmet, CA
Brother : Donald (Nancy) O’Neal of Springfield, IL
Several Nieces & Nephews

Mr. O’Neal was born December 2, 1937 in Kewanee, Illinois the son of Edmond & Bertha Dexter O’Neal.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jeffrey & Jerry O’Neal.

John graduated from Williamsville High School and Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1960.

He is a member of Williamsville United Methodist Church.
John was a high school teacher at Athens and Williamsville. He was a banker at Williamsville State Bank and later a realtor in the Springfield area.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens and where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday.

Rev. Dick Piscatelli officiating.
Burial will be at Walnut Hill near Williamsville
Memorials can be made to Williamsville United Methodist Church.


  1. To the family of John O’Neil

    We want to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of John from this world. We pray God’s comfort and strength for each family member. We regret that we will not be able to attend the service as we now live in North Dakota.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Phil and Karen Poe

  2. So very sorry to hear of Johns passing. I always loved to talk with him. He made me feel important. He always listened and asked about how we were doing. What a kind man and I will miss him so very much. Andrew really looked up to him. Louie thought he was a very wise man.

  3. Williamsville lost a true friend today. We are very saddened to learn of John’s passing. Please know that you are in our heart and prayers as you continue through this difficult time. We will truly miss his firm handshake, his bright smile, and his true words of kindness and concern for us and others. What a great man he was!!

    Love and prayers, The Guffeys

  4. Although we haven’t crossed paths in many years,we will always remember that John was the person who believed in us enough to help us start Leon’s accounting practice. Prayers for the family. Leon and Carla Jones

  5. The Byerline family extends their heartfelt sympathy and prayers

  6. Dear Doris and Family, John was such a super guy! After we divorced and later remarried, John gave us our next car loan and he was so happy for us being back together… a very personable business man… he really cared about the people he did business with. John truly left the world a better place in his life here. May God strengthen you and bring you all peace in the days ahead.

  7. You all are in my prayers. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Jo Hays

  8. Doris and family, I am so sorry about John, he was always so friendly and kind. It is a terrible blow. God be with you and your family as you get through this sad time.

  9. Doris, Bob, & Wendy. I am saddened by the passing of John and will miss him terribly. He was such a joy to be around and I have may memories of him in town and at the cabin. Regrettably,I don’t think I will be able to make it down for the visitation tomorrow. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Brian Millar

  10. So sorry to hear about your loss – – Bill

  11. John and I shared many experiences. Some of them were conventional, such as singing in a barbershop quartet – the Drugstore Four – and some of them not so. All of them were fun. Goodbye Oney, glad I got to see you fat and happy.

  12. Doris; i was shocked to learn of the passing of john. While i have been gone from Williamsville for most of my life, the ties of friendship which my family and i built remain long lasting. The Shearls always had high regard for the O’Neals and the Johnstones. My Mother, who passed in 2007, especially enjoyed working with you and John when she coached your high school play. You and your family are in our prayers during this time of loss.

  13. Dear Doris, Bob and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We wouldn’t be where we are today if John hadn’t shared his wisdom and given us his support and advice. He was a great friend to so many. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Brenda

  14. Doris and Family, I have known John all my life. I would watch him play basketball when I was young from our backyard-he always had a kind word and a wonderful smile. Bob and I, over the years, had received professional advice with a warm, friendly manner. He will truly be missed but is now enjoying his reward in Heaven. Doris, keep family and friends close and know you and your family are in my prayers.

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