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Battle Creek, MI
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Roger K. O'Neil

Battle Creek

Roger K. O'Neil, age 77, of Battle Creek quietly slipped into the arms of his Lord, on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

He died at home after a long and devastating illness with the support of Hospice care. Roger was born on May 13, 1939 to Raymond LeRoy O'Neil and Evelyn Lucille (Swanson) O'Neil / Plank at his Grandfather's farm on the Old Woman's Bend in Newago, MI. He moved to Battle Creek as a toddler when his Dad got a job with Consumers Power Co. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1957. On August 12, 1961 he married Rosemarie (Menzel) O'Neil. He worked for Post Cereal division of Kraft Foods for 38 years. He started out working on the bull gang unloading 100 lb. bags of sugar, flour, salt and rice. He was transferred to Carton and Container, Post's carton printing plant working in many areas. He retired from there in 1996 as buyer in the Purchasing Department. He was a member of the Post 25 year club.

He was a wonderful father and husband, a kind person to all and a true gentle man. Roger was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for 69 years, holding many lay offices during that time. He obtained his Private Pilot's license in 1959. He and his wife Rosemarie and family enjoyed various flying excursions around the country. He was an avid photographer. He also enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Goguac Yacht Club. He and Rosemarie spent many Sunday afternoons competing in the regattas on Goguac Lake. They took second in one of the National Races. He loved going fishing, deer hunting, golfing, downhill skiing and playing poker with his friends. Roger and Randy spent many father and son hours together on the water and in the woods. They really enjoyed their annual fly-in fishing trips in Canada. After his retirement, Roger developed a passion for woodworking. He built his own workshop and found much of the equipment at the auctions that he loved to attend. Many beautiful woodworking projects came out of that workshop. Roger and Rosemarie took Karen and Randy on many vacations. Many good memories were created traveling with the family in their motorhome and taking winter skiing vacations. They visited all 50 states and made several trips to Europe. He was proud of his Native American heritage and enjoyed going to Pow Wow's with Rosemarie, Don and Karen. Roger and Rosemarie spent the last seven winters in Oakside Park, Zephyrhills, Florida.

Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosemarie (Menzel) O'Neil of Battle Creek; two children, daughter Karen (Don) Myers of New Carlisle, IN and a son Randy (Michelle) O'Neil of Battle Creek; brother Richard (Wilma) O'Neil of Croton, MI; sister-in-law Terri O'Neil of Zephyrhills, FL; brother-in-law Werner Menzel of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and sister-in-law Kaete Schott of Kulmbach, Germany and eleven nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy O'Neil and Lucille O'Neil/Plank, his father and mother-in-law Oskar and Martha Menzel, his brother Larry O'Neil, sister-in-law Margarete Schneider and brothers-in-law Hans Schott and Paul Schneider.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 349 Capital Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49017 on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, December 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's with Pastor Larry Gorlitz officiating. A reception luncheon in the church basement will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Paul's building fund.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Nov. 29, 2016
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