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Jeremiah Francis O'Neill, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1923
Death: Mar. 8, 2008

Jeremiah F. O'Neill Jr. SMITHFIELD - Jeremiah Francis O'Neill Jr., 85, passed away March 8, 2008, at home in Smithfield. He was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Mr. O'Neill was a combat veteran of World War II, serving with the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves) in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was wounded in Germany, received the Purple Heart and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. In 1949, Mr. O'Neill graduated from the Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. His work career was exclusively in sales, and he retired in 1985 from Ericsson after 26 years of service. Upon retirement, he moved from Leawood, Kan., to Smithfield. Over the years he was a member of the Rotary, Lions Club, and Junior Chamber of Commerce in Illinois, and the VFW Post 8545 in Smithfield. Mr. O'Neill volunteered in the Hardy Elementary reading program and at the Smithfield Library. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, serving terms on the Administrative Board, Pastor/Parish Relations Committee, and also edited the church newsletter, The Trinity Beacon for two years. Mr. O'Neill was preceded in death by his wife, Sally; brother, Donald J. O'Neill; and sister, Mary M. O'Neill. He was one of five children and is survived by siblings, Bernard and Claire, and three children, Sally, Cathy, and Paul. Mr. O'Neill was an anatomical donor and his remains were donated to medical science. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Will Montgomery officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 201 Cedar St., Smithfield, VA 23430 or a charity of choice. Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield.

Published in The Virginian Pilot from 3/10/2008 - 3/12/2008. 
 
Burial:
Body donated to medical science
 
Created by: Rhonda Cowan
Record added: May 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26717095
 

God bless you sir, and thank you for your service to our country.
- Rhonda Cowan
 Added: May. 9, 2008
 
 
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