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Kenny O'Neill

Kenneth “Kenny” O’Neill, 93, Bismarck, passed away on Oct. 2, 2017, at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Rev. Shane Campbell will be officiating. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Rice. Military Honors provided by the Bismarck Amvets.

Visitation will be on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. with a rosary/parish vigil beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to mass on Saturday.

Kenny O’Neill was born on Aug. 12, 1924 to Daniel and Henry Etta (Gauger) O’Neill in Odense. After his education, Kenny lived in Fort Rice where he worked as a rancher and also worked as a mailman. He delivered packages using an airplane and during heavy snow days he would ride a snowmobile down winding country roads to ensure that the mail would make it to its destination.

In 1941, Kenny joined the United States Navy and served in both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During his service, one of the ships he was on was attacked and he lost many friends that he had made. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He met his wife Josephine Lockner and they were married on May 25, 1957, in Huff. Together they had three sons and raised a family.

Kenny was active in the baseball community of Fort Rice where he sponsored softball teams, played on a Fort Rice baseball and fast pitch team, and acted as the scorekeeper for softball games. Kenny and Josephine also enjoyed the occasional gambling trip to various casinos. Being Kenny’s lucky charm, Josephine was known as the big winner. Kenny enjoyed other hobbies, including bowling, and playing the piano and the accordion.

Kenny will be missed by his son, Kevin (Marie) O’Neill, Fort Rice; daughter-in-law, Theresa O’Neill, Mandan; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Owen O’Neill, Bismarck.

Kenney was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine; sons, Allen O’Neill, and Roger O’Neill; daughters-in-law, Theresa O’Neill, and Andreen O’Neill; sisters, Lillian White, Mildred O’Neill, Vivian Wetsch, and Florence Staehnke; brothers, Richard O’Neill, Daniel O’Neill, and Clarence Hansen; and sister-in-law, Sally O’Neill.

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