Here is another Great Nephew,
March 16, 2006
Charles W. O'Neal
Charles O'Neal, 84, of Sterling died in the early morning of March 12, 2006, at Sterling Regional MedCenter after a long struggle with complications from post-polio syndrome. Charlie was a loving husband, devoted father, caring grandfather and loyal friend. His positive attitude, wit and perseverance endeared him to all those who knew him.
Charlie was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Boulder to Eldon W. and Carrie A. O'Neal. He graduated from Boulder High School and the University of Colorado. On Feb. 19, 1944, he graduated from CU, was commissioned into the Navy as an ensign and was married to his Rosebud. Charlie served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Waller in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. One of the highlights of his Navy career was receiving the telegram saying he had a beautiful little red-headed baby girl waiting for him back in Boulder.
Following his discharge from the Navy, Lt. j. g. O'Neal returned to Boulder where he was a manager for the Denver Boulder Bus Company. In 1948, another baby girl arrived to join the family.
In early 1949, Charlie contracted polio which would alter the course of his life. Polio bent him but didn't break him. His positive outlook and the support of his family and friends followed him to overcome the obstacles he faced daily.
In 1953, Charlie and Rosie, Peggy and Patty moved to Sterling and it became their home, Praise God! Charlie was a loyal member of the Sterling Elks' Club and the Sterling Lion's Club for many years. Along with serving as an officer in the Lion's Club, he performed many duties, one of the most prestigious was being a judge in the Tail Wagging Contest at the Logan County Fair. He worked along with other Lions at fund-raising events to help support the Rocky Mountains Lion's Eye Bank, a favorite of Charlie's. Charlie and Rosie enjoyed going to many state and national Lion's conventions. After supporting the Polio Foundation in Boulder serving as the treasurer from 1950 to 1952, he continued to work on behalf of the Sterling Handicap committee where he was chairman for many years and was instrumental in implementing changes to the community to make it more accessible to all. The family was welcomed by the Sterling First Methodist Church members and have remained active in the church serving on many boards and committees over the years.
After joining the Sterling Federal Credit Union, he became a member of the Executive Committee/Board of Directors where he was board secretary from 1977 until his death. This ****ociation with the officers, director and employees was a very important part of his life. As an accountant, Charlie was employed by the certified public accountant firm of Jack Earnhart and ****ociates for 40 years. Charlie enjoyed gardening, a p****ion he shared with his younger brother Eldon. He also enjoyed working and playing on his computers, updating every few years to keep up with the changing technology.
Charles O'Neal was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers George and Eldon and brother-in-law Robert Holman. Surviving Charlie is his wife of 62 years, Roselynn; daughters Peggy Lynne Rhoades (Dennis) of Green Forest, Ark., and Patricia Susan Jensen (Ralph) of Arvada; grandchildren Thomas Rhoades (Stacey) of Hardy, Ark., Keri Kennedy (Mark) of Ridgedale, Mo., James Rhoades of Bella Vista, Ark., and Alexa DiPentino (Pat) of Berthoud; and great-grandchildren Kristen, John, Clara, Kayle, Tressie, Patrick, Gabriella, Phillip and Olivia, sisters-in-law Ruth O'Neal of Denver and Roberta Holman of Olympia, Wash., their families and a host of wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church Choir; the Rocky Mountain Lion's Eye Bank, P.O. Box 6026, Aurora, CO 80045 or a charity of your choice.