Obituary: Joe O’ Neill

Flowers over a tumbstone

Joseph O’Neill, 72, of 210 N. 6th St., died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Via Christi St. Francis Campus, Wichita.

He was born Sept. 30, 1944, at Danvers, Mass., to Michael O’Neill and Johana Coleman O’Neill. Joe grew up in Peabody, Mass., and attended St. John’s parochial school and Peabody High School. Joe later received an associate’s degree in business management from Butler Community College.

Joe entered the U.S. Air Force on March 23, 1962, where he served his country in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on March 22, 1966.

Joe was united in marriage to Carmen Diane Freund on Sept. 18, 1965, in Wichita. In April 1966, they moved to Salem, Mass., where Joe worked as a machinist for the United Shoe Machine Corporation for the next nine years. They returned to Kansas in 1975 and made their home at 210 N. 6th in Conway Springs.

Joe was employed at Cessna Aircraft as an assembler before working for the Kansas Air National Guard as an aircraft mechanic for 20 years. He retired as a dispatcher in November 1995. Joe worked for Lange Company Elevator in Conway Springs from 1997 to 2003. Diane died on Jan. 25, 2006.

Joe was formerly a member of the Elks Lodge and AOH (Ancient Order of Hiburnian) in Peabody, Mass.

Joe is survived by two sons, Donald O’Neill and Darrin O’Neill, both of Conway Springs; two daughters, Deborah O’Neill of Conway Springs, and Donna Tice of Wichita; three brothers, John O’Neill and Michael O’Neill, both of Peabody, Mass., and Daniel O’Neill of Chelmsford, Mass.; eight grandchildren, Cameron, Alexis, Thomas, Nathan, Alaina, Katelynn, Xavier and Ethan; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, and funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, with Father Andrew J. Seiler as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs.

Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available at

A memorial has been established with the Conway Springs City Library.