Timothy Michael O'Neill, 75, a lifelong resident of Deming, died Friday June 28, 2013 at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso. That day, June 28, would have been his wife Cookie's 71st birthday.
Visitation will begin Thursday afternoon, July 4th at 4 o'clock at Baca's Funeral Chapel where a prayer vigil will begin at 6 o'clock led by Dr. Gilbert Arizaga. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday morning at 11 o'clock at Holy Family Catholic Church with Fr. Ron Machado, Pastor officiating. Cremation will follow and inurnment will take place at a later date.
Tim was born June 3, 1938 in Alton, Illinois to Paul and Nancy O'Neill and came to Deming in September of that same year. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy and upon his return, earned his Pharmacy degree.
Tim eventually purchased Fred Seely Drugs and owned and operated it from 1974 to 1986. After 1986, Tim continued to work at local drug stores and later retired from the Kmart Pharmacy.
He was a member of the Deming Lions Club, American Motorcycle Association, New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association of which he was President 1983-1984, and the National Rifle Association. He served on the Deming City Council from 1978 to 2002 and was on the Board of Directors of Alma Feil Hospice.
He is survived by his children, Theresa Lewis (Dan) of Artesia, NM, Kelly O'Neill (Carmen) of Huron, SD, Tim O'Neill (Lauren) of Gardnerville, NV; 2 brothers, Barney O'Neill of Winter Haven, FL, P.J. O'Neill of Dunnellon, FL; 5 grandchildren, Nick O'Neill (Ashley), Hannah, Kelly B., Jaime, and Jesse O'Neill; 2 great grandchildren, Olivia and Colin O'Neill; numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful canine companion, Noel.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Judith "Cookie" O'Neill, 2 sisters, Nancy Ann Nunn and Susie Kennedy, and by a brother, Johnny O'Neill.
Pallbearers will be Tim, Kelly, Nick and Kelly B. O'Neill, Dan Lewis, Greg Conley, Jimmy Herrera, and John Teran.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund, 612 S. Copper, Deming, NM 88030, the Deming Lions Club, P.O. Box 3, Deming, NM 88031or the Deming Humane Society, 2135 Onate Avenue SE, Deming, NM 88030.
Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Mimbres Crematory. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care." To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com.
Published in Deming Headlight on July 3, 2013