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Gerald R. "Jerry" O'Neill

February 10, 1933 August 23, 2019
Gerald R. "Jerry" O'Neill
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Obituary for Gerald R. "Jerry" O'Neill

Peoria- Gerald R. “Jerry” O’Neill, age 86, of Peoria, passed away peacefully at 12:15 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care Center surrounded by his family.

Born February 10, 1933, in Peoria, he was a son of Thomas H. and Mary (Fritz) O’Neill. Jerry honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On June 23, 1956 he married Ruth E. Nelson in Hernando, MS. She survives. Jerry worked as a Union Carpenter, last working at Builder Sales and Service. He belonged to the Carpenters Union for over 40 years, was an active participant in the St. Ann Men’s Club and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. Jerry was a giving man who was an active volunteer at his church, and was a proud loving father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Ruth of 63 years; three daughters: Sherry (Dan) Daly of Peoria, Jayne (Joel) VanNess of West Peoria and Peggy O’Neill of East Peoria; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019 between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Philomena Catholic Church with and additional visitation being held 30 minutes prior to mass. Father David Richardson will officiate and burial will follow in Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials in Jerry’s memory may be made to the West Peoria Fire Department or Southside Mission.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

26

Aug

5:00 PM 8/26/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/26/2019 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

27

Aug

9:30 AM 8/27/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 8/27/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

27

Aug

10:00 AM 8/27/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Lutheran Cemetery Final Resting Place

914 S Pleasant
Peoria, IL 61604

914 S Pleasant Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

West Peoria Fire Department

South Side Mission

1127 S Laramie St
Peoria, IL 61605
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