James Lee “Jim” O’Neal, 93, of Parsons died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at his home following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 28, 1926, at Kansas City, Missouri, a son of Marvin A. and Ruth (Hundley) O’Neal. His family moved to Parsons when he was an infant and he was raised here and attended school here, graduating from the Parsons High School in 1944. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1946. Upon his discharge, he returned to Parsons and attended Labette Junior College for two years and later attended the University of Kansas. He was employed at Dayton Superior for 51 years, retiring in 2000.
He married Carol Smith in 1955. They later divorced. On May 27, 1967, he married Mary Stephens at the Federated Church in Erie. She survives of the home.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church at Parsons. He had been an avid bowler from his teens. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Parsons Men’s Bowling Association for over 50 years as well as league secretary for more than 50 years. He had won many city and state championships. He also won the scratch all events title 10 times. He bowled four 300 games and bowled in many ABC national tournaments. After the bowling seasons were cut short last spring, he was looking forward to bowling again. He bowled the first day of league on Aug. 18 and was not able to bowl again.
He also loved golf and had five holes-in-one. He attended many of Parsons High School and LCC Cardinals athletic events. He was a fan of K.U. basketball and the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Jennifer O’Neal of Tecumseh; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Kevin Farrar of Auburn, Georgia, and Erin and Roy McCoy of Chanute; a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Charles O’Neal of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and a niece and nephew-in-law, Melissa and Pat O’Neal-Gudde of Parsons (Melissa lived with Jim and Mary for many years).
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Marvin O’Neal Jr.; and a son, Stephen James O’Neal.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Bever officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Friends may call at their convenience at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church or to Harry Hynes Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.