Charles Francis O'Neill
CHAMPAIGN, IL - Charles Francis O'Neill, 82, passed away at 11:20 p.m., on Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home. He was born September 18, 1931, to Francis and Christine Cox O'Neill in Springfield. He married Irene Johnson–Bruce and they have celebrated 35 years of happiness.
Survivors include his wife, Irene, of Champaign; four sons, Brian (Pam) O'Neill, Pat (Sherrie) O'Neill and Tim O'Neill, all of Springfield, and Mitch O'Neill, of Pontiac; two stepsons, Ed and Robert Bruce, both of California, one daughter, Teresa (Wayne) Houston, of Springfield; and also one stepdaughter, Carol Bruce, of California. Also surviving is one sister, Marian Richards. Charles is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 20 great- grandchildren and 64 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Nancy O'Neill, Sandra O'Neill-Fuller, Margaret "Peggy" Baker and Barbara Forestier.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in a Marine RECON Unit during the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Meadow Gold/Bordens for 40 years before retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Savoy United Methodist Church and was a life-long fan of the Fighting Illini.
Visitation for Charles will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Funeral Services will follow at 10:30 a.m. also at the Morgan Memorial Home with the Rev Jim McClarey officiating.
Interment will take place at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, at 1 p.m. also on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.