WAUNETA -- Merle O'Neil, 82, died Friday (March 29, 2002) at the Heritage of Wauneta nursing home.
He was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Chase County to Barney and Mary (Powell) O'Neil. He grew up on the family farm north of Wauneta and attended rural school through the 8th grade. He later graduated from Wauneta High School.
On July 2, 1944, he married Margaret DeGarmo at St. Francis, Kan. They made their home on the O'Neil ranch and farm. In 1966, they moved into town but remained active on the ranch his entire life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1995; one sister; three brothers; and one granddaughter.
Survivors include two sons, Donald O'Neil and wife, Marilyn, and Ron O'Neil and wife, Sue of Wauneta; two daughters, Mary and husband, Jack Carman of Imperial, and Patti and husband, DeWayne Fanning of Wauneta; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at St. John's Catholic Church in Wauneta with the Rev. Doug Dietrich officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.
Rosary will be recited tonight, 7 p.m., at St. John's Catholic Church.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial has been established to the Wauneta Senior Center.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of arrangements.