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Joseph O'Neill
8/15/1941 - 8/31/2012

Joseph  O'Neill

Joseph R. “Joe” O’Neill, 71, of Peoria peacefully passed away on Friday August 31, 2012 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on August 15, 1941 in Peoria to Joe and Leatha O’Neill. He married Ann Domnick-Largent on December 9, 2000, she survives. Also surviving are his two sons, Patrick (Nicole) O’Neill of Peoria, Joe (Kathleen) O’Neill of Peoria; one brother, Patrick O’Neill of Peoria; one step-son, Dustin (Julie) Largent of Kenmore, WA; one step-daughter, Nicole (Nate) Cox of West Peoria; one grand-daughter, Courtney O’Neill; one grandson, Keegan O’Neill; two step grand-daughters, Heather Hamilton and Lucy Cox and one step-grandson, Cooper Largent. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Leatha O’Neill. Joe graduated from St. Bernard’s grade school in 1955. He went to Spalding High School, graduating in 1959 and then attended Eastern Illinois University. Joe was in the Army Reserves from 1962 to 1964 and then worked as a sheet metal worker for Local One, retiring in 1990. He was of Christian faith. He looked forward every month to his “Spalding Luncheon” at Ludy’s with many of his high school buddies, some of whom also went to grade school with him. Joe could tell a joke like no other and loved his family and extended family dearly. He enjoyed taking cruises with his wife and family. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the “angels” at OSF Hospice and all of our wonderful friends and Longbow neighbors who did so much to help us during this difficult time. Joe requested no funeral services be held. Cremation has been accorded and a private family burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials for Joe may be directed to either American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Disabled Vets.

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From: Tom Willkie   Peoria
Relationship:  Friend

Joe was a great guy. I knew him for many years and always enjoyed his company. Really great sense of humor and always a smile. My condolences to all of his family.
Sent:  9/5/2012

From: Patricia & Michael Brandt   Peoria
Relationship:  friends

Please accept our thoughts and prayers. Joe' smiling photo is how we remember him as a former neighbor.
Sent:  9/5/2012

From: Pat Deeb   Chicago
Relationship:  School Friend

RIP Joe. My sympathy to the whole family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Sent:  9/6/2012

From: Carol and Cleo Steiner   Peoria
Relationship:  Past Sister and Brother In-Law

Joe was our brother-in-law for 20 years and we never lost contact with him. He was Cleo's very best friend and they spoke almost every week. Joe was a die-hard Cub fan and Cleo is a die-hard Cardinal fan....but that NEVER interferred with their friendship. When it came to football, they were both die-hard Chicago Bear fans. Joe could ALWAYS tell a joke like nobody else and it always put a smile on your face....just as Joe always had a smile on his face that lit up a room! Cleo and I will miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences to all of Joe's family.
Sent:  9/14/2012