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Robert A. O'Neal Jr. lived his life for his family. No excuses, no complaints. He set an example of hard work and effort. He taught us that just enough is never enough. We must always do more. He expected a lot, but gave so much more. He believed that family always came first with an underlying foundation of faith. He believed in living a moral life, taking care of those he loved and living every day to it's fullest.
Robert (Bob) A. O'Neal Jr., 76, Indianapolis, passed away on January 5, 2017. He was born August 8, 1940 to Robert A. O'Neal and Emma Frances (Bernhardt) O'Neal. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Myrna (Sailor) O'Neal for 53 years. Bob attended St. Christopher School, and graduated Speedway High School in 1958.
A loyal fan of the University of Louisville Cardinals, he earned a scholarship to play football and was an All-Time Letter winner designee. Bob graduated from U of L with a Bachelor's degree. He attended additional professional studies at Wabash College. He began his career in banking at Indiana National Bank, retiring as Personnel Director in 1999. He had numerous professional affiliations such as United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Economic Development Commission and Marion County Election Board. Bob was a lifelong member of St. Christopher Catholic Church, Speedway and a former member of the Country Club of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Athletic Club. He served in the Indiana Army National Guard. He was a fan of the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR. Bob loved to travel in Alaska, Canada, Martha's Vineyard and Florida. He shared stories of his travels with family and friends. Bob was instrumental in the founding of the Ben Davis Cadet Football league. He was a gifted athlete who loved to watch, coach and cheer on his favorite teams. Bob was a respected community member who took pride in his West side roots. He volunteered as a HOSTS mentor in the M.S.D. of Wayne Township schools and was often invited as a guest storyteller at Chapel Glen Elementary. As a father, he enjoyed coaching kids' teams and leading their clubs. He was often spotted in his suit and tie standing alongside the fence watching his son Kevin at junior high and high school football practices. He enjoyed working on Pinewood Derby cars for Boy Scout Troop 97 and attended many campouts in his role as grandfather. Even as his health declined, he attended many of his grandchildren's academic and sporting events as their #1 fan. As a charter member of the Rock Steady Boxing group (Westside Garden Plaza), he worked out weekly.
Bob is survived by wife, Myrna (Sailor) O'Neal; daughter, Michelle (Robert) Stohler; and son, Kevin (Tahne) O'Neal. He has five grandchildren: Caitlin Crouch, Cole Crouch, Caroline Crouch, Taylor Mahurin (Lane), and Emma O'Neal, siblings John O'Neal (Janet), Joe O'Neal, and Mary Ann O'Neal. He was proceeded in death by brother, Bill O'Neal along with nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends and family too numerous to list, but not forgotten.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Friday, January 20, 2017. Visitation is from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Services 11:00 a.m. A gathering for family and friends will be held at St. Christopher Church immediately following services. Memorial contributions should be made to: Westside Garden Plaza (Rocky Steady Boxing Program), c/o Terri Click, 8616 West 10th Street, Indpls., IN 46234. Arrangements entrusted to Conkle Funeral Home Speedway Chapel.
Published on January 11, 2017
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