April 11, 2012 in Obituaries

Obituary: O’Neil, James R.

Age 84

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James R.

Went home to our Lord April 4, 2012. Born November 11, 1927 in Longview, WA, the only child of James R. and Marguerite O’Neil.
He graduated from Kelso High School in 1946 then served in the Navy for two years. He married the love of his life, Jacklyn “Jackie” Willard in 1972. He is survived by his wife of the last 40 years, daughter Kareen Smith and son Darrell Willard, all of Spokane Valley as well as seven grandchildren, six great- grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by both parents and one daughter, DeLynn Zemzars. His second love in life was music. He became the drummer for the Billy Tipton Trio in 1951. He managed several clubs including the Spokane Valley Eagles and the Spokane Valley Elks of which he was a lifetime member. He co-managed the Camlu Retirement Apartments with Jackie for 12 years and was a police officer in Medical Lake for six years. Dick loved to bowl and make funny cards for his friends and family. He became the handyman to many of the residents at River Rose Mobile Home Park. He wanted to be remembered as the guy who would do anything or give anything to anyone “as long as he liked them.” His family and friends will especially miss his dry Irish humor. Services will be held Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley, WA.

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