In Memory of

Michael Leo O'Neal

October 16, 1942 - March 9, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Michael Leo O'Neal, the son of Leo E. and Bernice M. (Gilbertson) O'Neal was born October 16, 1942, in Albert Lea, MN. His childhood years were spent in Fairbault and Albert Lea, MN where he received his education, graduating from Albert Lea High School in 1960.

 After school, Michael enlisted in the United States Navy where he served three years. He was stationed in Pensacola, FL on the U.S.S. Wasp. Following his honorable discharge, he was employed by Wilson Foods.

 On November 13, 1965, he was united in marriage to Judy Holway. After their honeymoon, they transferred to Cherokee, IA where he worked at Wilson Foods for 42 years, retiring in 2004.

 Michael was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. He enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada, family vacations; Walt Disney World, skiing in Colorado, and Seattle, WA. He also enjoyed many adventures with the Gillease Street friends. In the early 90's, he got his pilot license and was part owner of his airplane; "Sally, the good ol' girl." He spent five years wintering in South Padre, TX, and liked to camp. Most of all, he enjoyed the many years of joy being with kids and grandkids and attending their activities and sporting events. He made so many great memories with his family and dear friends.

 On March 9, 2018, Michael passed away at Unity Point Hospital in Sioux City, IA at the age of 75. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo E. and Bernice M. O'Neal; sister, Peggy Fisher Gerke; brother-in-law, Rollin Connly; two nephews, Michael and Brad Fisher; most recently, sister-in-law, June Rose Colvin Jordahl, and many other beloved in-laws.

 He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy O'Neal; children, Matt (Melody) O'Neal of Snohomish, WA, Heather (Jerry) Andregg of Manchester, IA, Mikkele O'Neal of Sioux City, IA, and Jennifer (Jim) Cougill of Sioux City, IA; grandchildren, Nicholas, Adam, and Connor Andregg, and Brooklyn and Keegan Cougill; siblings, Beverly Connly (Phil Olson) of Burnsville, MN, Craig (Ann) O'Neal of Bonney Lake, WA, and Brian O'Neal of Nevada, IA; in-laws, Maryanne (Theede) Monson, Frank (Sharon) Holway, and Mike (Sue) Holwald; he is also survived by special nieces and nephews.

SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Cris Decious
CASKET BEARERS
Nicholas Andregg
Adam Andregg
Connor Andregg
Brooklyn Cougill
Todd Blatchford
Keegan Cougill
Rod Fitzgerald
VISITATION
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee.
INTERMENT
Graceland Cemetery
Albert Lea, Minnesota
At a later date.

Condolences

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:07 PM
“Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a very special and respected person by many. Our special thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless you and your family .”
- Nick & Konny Droegmiller
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:07 PM
“Dear Judy,

So sorry for your loss. I missed seeing you both at our 55th reunion. May God give you and your family the peace he has promised, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Steve Higgins”
- Stephen Higgins
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:07 PM
“Very sorry to hear of Mikes passing he was a very nice person; will be missed. ”
- Rodney Nelson
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:07 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Mike & Sheri Moyer
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:52 PM
“We are truly sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jeff and Sharon Nelson
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:52 PM
“Judy and family, We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing and wish you comfort through the many memories you have of your lives together. We will always hold dear the many backyard visits, his tolerance of our dog, all the time he spent watching over our house, especially for his "hill" friendship. Rest in peace good neighbor and friend. Marlin & Sherry”
- Marlin & Sherry Lode
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Many memories of working with him at the plant. What a great man. He will be missed by many.”
- Ed and Terri Nelson
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM
“Thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Prayers for peace and strength.”
- Joe and Marlene Kruse
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM
“So sorry for your loss Judy”
- Ruth English
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. We have so many memories of you and Mike up on the hill. Carson and Adyson were very lucky to have known Mike and were both sad to hear he had passed away. Mike was always so kind to them and they enjoyed talking with him. My parents were also very blessed with your friendship over the years. Plz know we are thinking of you. ”
- Chris and Missy Jenness
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“Mike was such a nice man and we always visiting with you both. May God grant you peace and comfort with your happy memories.”
- Tom and Corrine Lundell
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“Mike was such a special person. His and Your family have connected with ours over the years is so many ways. We are blessed to have known Him. ”
- Mark and Marlys Segar
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“We extend our sympathy to your family. Heather and family, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories, he sounds like he was an AWESOME husband, father, grandpa, and friend. ”
- The Ziesers
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 9:39 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss Matt. My thoughts are with you and your family.”
- Jared Parsley
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM
“My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Judy. Enjoyed working with Mike so very much. His kindness will be missed by many.”
- Kari Siefken Pinto
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM
“Have many fond memories of working at the packinghouse. He will be missed.”
- Dennis Gries
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Gary Dunn
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM
“My sympathy at the passing of Mike. I knew Mike when we worked at the packing plant. I met him again recently at the Wellness Center. Mike was a nice guy and I enjoyed visiting with him.”
- Fred Hollenbeck
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Mike. We had many fun visits . Thinking of you and your family .”
- Mark and Ann Lundell
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 4:33 PM
“Judy and family, Sorry for your loss. You all are in our prayers.
Phil & Barb Kindwall”
- Phil & Barb Kindwall
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 4:33 PM
“So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. All the years we worked together he was an amazing man.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8:47 AM
“I am very sorry to hear about Mike. Praying for you Judy, and your whole family. ”
- Stefanie Williamson
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8:47 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time. ”
- Greta Vaughn
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