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Kelly D. O'Neal

Kelly D. O'Neal, age 57, a resident of Colorado Springs for 30 years, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 as a result of a plane crash in Amarillo, Texas. He was a self-employed dentist, loving husband, father, and brother. Kelly Donald O'Neal was born on September 30, 1955 in Amarillo, Texas to Robert Donald and Dorothy (Roberson) O'Neal. He was a 1973 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1981, from the University of Northern Colorado with a Masters in Business and Health Care Administration in 1985, and from University of Texas School of Dentistry with a post-graduate Preceptorship in Dental Implants in 2010-2011. He married Katherine Jo Pebley on August 7, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years. He was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Colorado Springs, the American Dental Association, and the Colorado Dental Association. He was on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Springs Dental Society from 1990-1994, and was President from 1994-1995. He was the General Dental Officer, Chief of Preventive Dentistry for USAF Dental Corps at Peterson Air Force Base from 1981-1986 and General Dental Officer, Chief of Quality Assurance and Risk Management of Dental Services for the 302nd TAC Hospital at Peterson Air Force Base and the USAF Reserve from 1986-1990. His passion was flying, and he spent nearly every weekend at his hangar. He obtained pilot flight ratings for Commercial, MEI, and Beechcraft E-90 King Air flights. He volunteered for the Veterans Airlift Command, Angel Flight and the Wounded Warriors. He also loved playing golf with his friends and family, climbing the Manitou Incline, and spending summers at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He was an amazing husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and his children: Corey O'Neal (and his wife, Erin) of Castle Rock, Colorado; Connor O'Neal of Denver, Colorado; and Evan and Elaine "Lainey" O'Neal, both attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his sisters: Teri Bloomer of Wichita, Kansas; and Elaine Phillips (husband, Randy) of Houston, Texas; and his brothers: David O'Neal (wife, Vicki) of Topeka, Kansas; and Kerry O'Neal (wife, Teresa) of Topeka, Kansas. His father, Donald O'Neal, also died in the plane accident. His mother, Dorothy, preceded him in death on March 14, 2003. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906. A reception will follow the services. A scholarship fund has been established in his honor for the students at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Contributions may be made to the Kelly D. O'Neal Scholarship Fund at the Bank at Broadmoor, 155 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906. Memorials may also be made to Angel Flight West, 3161 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, California 90405.

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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 18, 2012
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