O'NEAL, Roy Lee, MD
Lcdr, MCUSNR, Retired
Roy was born 10/08/1923 and passed away 01/31/2014 following a short illness with Metastatic Melanoma.
Roy was born in Little Rock, AR. To Haydon and Helen Hillman O'Neal. Roy's father traveled with Burroughs Adding Machine Co. and Roy attended nine elementary schools before the family settled in Sacramento, Ca when Roy was 12 years old. Roy graduated from UC B Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa, and UC San Francisco Medical School. He entered the Navy during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Japan. He served as a Medical Officer on the USS Gardiner's Bay.
After returning to Sacramento, Roy entered private practice as a General Surgeon from 1955 to 1985. He served on the faculty of UC Davis Medical School as a Clinical Professor of Surgery. He was on the medical staff of Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento and served as Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery and as Chairman of the Governing Board.
Roy was a member of Fremont Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder, Clerk of Session, and a delegate to Presbytery. He also was a Sunday School teacher and enjoyed belonging to two men's groups on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
In his retirement he enjoyed volunteering in the Wood Shop of Casa Roble High School for six years. He was a master woodworker and made many beautiful projects for family and friends. Roy was also a Bagpipe player and was a member of the MacArthur Pipe Band, playing in parades and for family and school events. He also was a member of the Camillia Society and the Sacramento Symphony Boards. Other interests were, sailing his boat on Folsom Lake, raising Orchids, making wine and and trailer camping and fishing with family every summer. He was also a member of a group of friends who met every Wednesday evening for dinner and friendship, known as the 'Wednesday Night Gang'.
He has been the beloved husband of Lillian O'Neal for forty years. He was the loving father to Jennifer Hall(Kit), Priscilla Tallent Brewer (Tom), Gary LaDue, and Carol Hall (David). He was the grandfather to Elisa Trullinger (Von), Anna Cavin (Matt), Jeffery Martin (Danielle), Julianne Chaffin (Kris), Sarah LaDue, Ross LaDue, Charlotte and Nadine Hall, and Daniel Tallent (Mariah).
Roy especially loved being 'Papa Roy' to great-grandchildren, Chloe and Chase Martin, Winslow, Ruth and Miriam Trullinger, Zoe Cavin, Emily and Lucas Tallent and soon to be 'baby' Chaffin.
Roy is also survived by a sister, Mary Broida of Miss., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Roy would like to be remembered as a 'Man of God' and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on February 8, at 3:00pm at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, Ca. 95819. interment to be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fremont Presbyterian Church or a
Many thanks to Mercy Hospice and to Fijian Home care for their loving care of Roy during his short illness.
Arrangements were through Russ Monroe Funeral Home, Fair Oaks, Ca.
7960 Winding Way Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 7, 2014