Conroy Funeral Home

George J. O'Neal



Service: 12:00pm Sat. July 24th, 2021
Location: River of Life Christian Center, Urbana, Ohio
O’Neal, George J., 80, of Urbana, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2021, at Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was born July 7, 1941, in Springfield, Ohio, to Raymond and Catherine Pearl O’Neal. After graduating from Springfield North High School in 1961, he began his career at International Harvester Company. He retired after faithfully working 32 years. George also served his country for six years of duty with the US Army Reserve. He married his devoted wife Mary in 1965, and in 1969 they moved to the countryside of Cable, Ohio, where they nurtured and raised six children. George enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, raising animals, and watching Western movies, especially ones featuring John Wayne. His first love was the Lord and he would share his faith and pray with anyone he found in need. George was a founding and current member of the River of Life Christian Center, Urbana, having held the position of Deacon for many years. He considered his wife Mary as impossible to live without, even for a moment, and she was always by his side. George dearly loved all his family. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary (Metzger) O’Neal; daughters, Mary Kathryn (Rodney) Daum of West Liberty and Kristine (Antonio) Febres of Raleigh, North Carolina; sons, Andrew (Susan) O’Neal of Solon, Thomas (Carolyn) O’Neal of Cable, Michael (Amber) O’Neal of Marysville, and Aaron (Jill) O’Neal of Cable; grandchildren, Megan (Kiel) Henry, Greyson Miller, Hayley and Kelsey O’Neal, John Mason, Thomas Jr., and Andrew O’Neal, Alyssa and Dallas Febres, Tristan Hanline, Darian, and Samantha Greenbaum, Nicole O’Neal and Erryl Will, George Aidan, Addison, and Ava O’Neal, and great-grandchildren; Jasper and Jaelon Henry, Elliot and Lennon Hanline. He is also survived by his dear brother, Raymond (Diane) O’Neal of Hilliard. George was preceded in death by his parents, infant sons Daniel and Mark, and granddaughter Alexa Febres. He leaves behind numerous and deeply cherished friends, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as an extended church family. There will be Visitation held Saturday, July 24th at River of Life Christian Center, 775 Washington Ave., Urbana, Ohio from 10:00 to 12:00 noon. A funeral service will immediately follow in the church. Arrangements are being handled by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.


We send our condolences and loving thoughts to the entire O'Neal family, especially to Ray who has lost his beloved brother.

- Bill and Marie Rehbeck, Friday July 23rd, 2021

George was not only my spiritual dad but but a God placed dad placed dad to my sons Shawn and Shane. George loved me like a daughter and looked out for me at the worst times of my life celebrated with me during the best times of my life. I will miss his sweet spirit and and I am so sorry for your loss Mary. He will be sorely missed here here and I'm sure hes singing with the angels right now. I love George with all my heart and I'm praying for the family.

- Kim Stokes Williams , Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are with the family! Fond memories and good times will always be remembered.

- Terry and Grace O'Neal, Thursday July 22nd, 2021

George was a good friend to us. We will miss our Friday lunch dates to Red Lobster. We always had a good time with him and Mary. Rest in peace dear friend❤️

- Larry and Sue, Thursday July 22nd, 2021

George was the ultimate tickle man, he made you laugh whether you wanted to or not. He changed our family dynamics by his adventurous and fun loving style. When Alvin Metzger, George's father in-law passed away, George & Mary were so generous to include everyone on their family camping, boating & skiing trips on the Ohio River. Later, renting cabins, boating & skiing on Indian Lake. George was ruthless pulling a tuber on any lake especially Hid-A-Way Hills Lake; where you were sure to get skipped across the water like a rock, most tubers didn't return for more. He had farm jobs for all those willing to help. George was always the first to hug & kiss you at a family gathering; and the first in the food line with Ron, his brother in-law, right behind him. There are people in this world that make an impact on your life and Uncle George was one of them. His personality was one of a kind; he was a witty, funny, caring human, and we can only hope to be as good a man as our Uncle George. Our condolences to all the grandchildren, for you know you were blessed with a wonderful grandfather; now, take that Grandpa George goodness that you've seen and felt, and be that beacon of light for all those you come in contact with. Pass that goodness to the next generation; for we are only passing through this earth, toward our eternal home. Well done George! You changed us forever, and you will be truly missed! We love you O'Neal Family, and we thank God for George's life.

- Ron, Rose, Erika, Christian, Lukas & Jordan Roesch, and Ryane Ro, Thursday July 22nd, 2021

From the time I met George who was dating my sister Mary and I only being 16 years old, he was such a spark of life in my life. There were so many first things I was able to do because of George. He took me on my first camping trip; with his boat we water skied in the Ohio River which I never would have been able to do without his openness and always including me in all their family activities. As the years went by, George and Mary and family would come out to Colorado and experience some western towns like Cripple Creek and helped Colorado come alive for us. When we as a family visited their home we just melted right in with all the chores and O’Neal activities from gardening, milking cows, goats, making butter and drinking goats milk. George and Mary treasured time in the early morning talking and listening to God with their Bibles in hand. He was a true man of faith and glorified God every day with his life and sharing that life with everyone he encountered. I remember him praying for me and with me whenever I had health issues. George was one of the few men in my life who called me by my endearing name, Jody We will miss you so George, our prayers and thoughts are with all the O’Neazl family. Love, Bryan and Joann

- Jo Ann Hartwig, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

From the time I met George who was dating my sister Mary and I only being 16 years old, he was such a spark of life in my life. There were so many first things I was able to do because of George. He took me on my first camping trip; with his boat we water skied in the Ohio River which I never would have been able to do without his openness and always including me in all their family activities. As the years went by, George and Mary and family would come out to Colorado and experience some western towns like Cripple Creek and helped Colorado come alive for us. When we as a family visited their home we just melted right in with all the chores and O’Neal activities from gardening, milking cows, goats, making butter and drinking goats milk. George and Mary treasured time in the early morning talking and listening to God with their Bibles in hand. He was a true man of faith and glorified God every day with his life and sharing that life with everyone he encountered. I remember him praying for me and with me whenever I had health issues. George was one of the few men in my life who called me by my endearing name, Jody We will miss you so George, our prayers and thoughts are with all the O’Neazl family. Love, Bryan and Joann

- Jo Ann Hartwig, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

My condolences to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

- Tamica Wallace, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

Mr. George, is what I called him, but he was really so much more than that. He is already rejoicing in heaven with an empty seat beside him, that he is saving for Mary. Mr. George always had a hug for me at church and when we visited at the house. He loved spending time with people. He was always so loving and welcoming. James and I would love to go have dinner, talks, walks, and games with Mary and George (miss those, should have done more of them the last few years). The two years that James was deployed, George would give me an extra special, deep, warm embracing hug, like he knew that I needed it. He will be greatly missed. Love you!! Katina & James

- Katina, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

The first time met George at was at Kroger. I kept on calling George of the jungle or Georgy porgy, than when I came a cashier I say to George of the jungle than George said the next time I called him George of the jungle, he will give a kiss on the lips. One day Mary was in line for me to wait on her and I said to Mary were is George of the jungle he tapped on my shoulder I turned around their he was, he give me that kiss on my lips. Right after the I called him curious George. I am going to miss my curious george Sonja Evilsizor

- Sonja (wimpy) Evilsizor, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

May peace be with my entire family through this difficult time. George will be missed but never forgotten as his infectious laugh and smile will remain with us all.

- George "Ged" Degenhart, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

One of my earliest memories of attending the River of Life was being so warmly greeted by the O’Neals. I always think of them together & can only imagine the grief you are experiencing at this sad time of parting Mary. May the promise of your being reunited one day sustain & comfort you now. Deepest sympathies to you & your children and the entire family. Rest easy my friend. 🕊

- Celesta Dunn, Wednesday July 21st, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of George’s passing. I hope you can find comfort in your many wonderful memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Stacy Burton Crace, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

So sorry for your loss. George always had a friendly smile that made me feel welcome at church. 🙏🏻💜

- Julie Jones, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength in the days and months ahead. George was always there to make you feel like part of his amazing family. He loved all and will be missed by all who knew him! Hugs to you all!

- Terry & Judy Jordan, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Liz Mosher, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

Go rest high on that mountain

- Jerry, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

George was truly a Might Man of God, who has impacted many lives including Our family. Pop ONeal as my family always refered to his as has a true example of LOVE. When we first started going to church we was greeted by Mom and Pop O'Neal with a kiss and a hug by both (each one of us), that was a big impact on my life because I have never been greeted by anyone in that manner ( true compassion). He will be greatly missed but always remembered. O'Neal family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love chip and Polly

- Chip & Polly Hill, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

Mary, I'm so sorry to hear of George's passing. When I think of George and Ray I'm taken back to cookouts at Aunt Pearl and Uncle Ray's and how much fun I always had with them. George will be sadly missed my prayers are with you.

- Marilyn Burr, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. George was great man. Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers.

- Joe and Kim Holtvoigt , Tuesday July 20th, 2021

Sending our condolences and prayers to you all. I will always have some fine memories of staying with your family on the farm. Uncle George certainly spiced things up a bit and was full of passion for life and family and the Lord.

- Amy Anderson , Tuesday July 20th, 2021

From the time I met George who was dating my sister Mary and I only being 16 years old, he was such a spark of life in my life. There were so many first things I was able to do because of George. He took me on my first camping trip; with his boat we water skied in the Ohio River which I never would have been able to do without his openness and always including me in all their family activities. As the years went by, George and Mary and family would come out to Colorado and experience some western towns like Cripple Creek and helped Colorado come alive for us. When we as a family visited their home we just melted right in with all the chores and O’Neal activities from gardening, milking cows, goats, making butter and drinking goats milk. George and Mary treasured time in the early morning talking and listening to God with their Bibles in hand. He was a true man of faith and glorified God every day with his life and sharing that life with everyone he encountered. I remember him praying for me and with me whenever I had health issues. George was one of the few men in my life who called me by my endearing name, Jody We will miss you so George, our prayers and thoughts are with all the O’Neazl family. Love, Bryan and Joann

- Jo Ann Hartwig, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

Mary and family We are saddened by the passing of George he was the kindest man he looked out for Lexi he would buy her mints every Sunday from the book store we will miss him so much We will never forget his laughter his love for God and hid kindess know that you are in in our thoughts and prayers

- LINDA MYERS AND LEXI KLOEKER, Tuesday July 20th, 2021

Mary so very sorry for your loss we will miss our dear friend George he was a kind person he used to buy Lexi mints from the book store every Sunday we will miss his laughter and the way he love the Lord you and your family are in our prayers love you. Linda and Lexi

- LINDA AND LEXI, Tuesday July 20th, 2021