John Francis O’Neill

John Francis O’Neill

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John Francis O’Neill, 63, of Marshalltown formerly of Clarion passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007 at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown.

Funeral Mass for John F. O’Neill will be held Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown with Fr. Chirs Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Clarion at 1:00p.m.

John O’Neill was born on August 28, 1943, to Veronica and the Late Francis O’Neill in Clarion. John graduated from Clarion High School in 1961 and attended Creighton University in Omaha before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

After discharge from the Navy, John spent confused years wandering the United States until he came home for care and treatment. John spent many good years as a resident of the Webster County Care Facility in Fort Dodge. However, his best adult years were spent as a resident in the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. John enjoyed the bus trips to baseball and football games, to the casino, and to meals around the Marshalltown area. He enjoyed collecting cans and thanks to Steve Mraz recycling them. Throughout his years at the IVH, the staff was most professional and compassionate. The Hospice Care and the Loftus 2 Unit staff cared for and loved John until his death on May 13, 2007.

John is survived by his mother, Veronica of USA Health Care Center in Clarion; sister Peggy of Las Vegas, Nevada; uncle and aunt, George and Catherine Ansatey in St. Louis, Missouri; uncle John Hughes in Anchorage, Alaska; and many cousins.

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