Lebanon Reporter

Obituaries

September 7, 2013

Michael J. O'Neal

Mr. Michael Joseph O’Neal, 60, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Mr. O'Neal was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on Aug. 17, 1953, a son of Shirley Frances (Hathaway) O’Neal and the late Cedric Carter “Ted” O’Neal. He was reared and educated in Ohio and Indiana and had lived in Kokomo and Frankfort prior to moving to Lebanon. He attended Lebanon Schools and enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country honorably from 1972–1974. Michael was previously married to Sharon O’Neal in Birmingham, Ala. She preceded him in death. For a number of years he was a companion to Eileen O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal worked as a cross-country truck driver for about twenty years. He was an employee of several independent firms and spent part of that time self-employed. A free spirit, Mike enjoyed living in various parts of the United States. He had resided in many places including Seattle, Washington, New Orleans, Louisiana, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Birmingham. The past five years he had spent in Lebanon where he had been an employee at Prairie Industries about two of those years. Time spent with his family and helping with the Meals on Wheels program brought great joy to Michael. He was an avid reader and loved music. He served as an organist at St. Joseph Catholic Church before leaving Lebanon. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Shirley F. O’Neal of Lebanon; a brother, Mr. Kevin R. O’Neal and wife, Jean of Lebanon; a sister, Ms. Mary Alice Sneed of Indianapolis; a niece, Kelly O’Neal of Indianapolis; a nephew, Levi Jamison of Indianapolis, and great nephew Everett Jamison of Indianapolis. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Cedric C. “Ted” O’Neal. Visitation is planned for Monday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 319 East South St., in Lebanon. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at the church following the visitation. The funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m., at the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Lebanon, with Rev. Timothy Kroeger, officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon. Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., is handling the arrangements. Memorials contributions may be made to the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation for research or to the Wheeler Mission. Online condolences may be made to www.myersmortuary.com.

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