In Loving Memory of

Ellis H. O’Neal

01/25/1925 - 04/07/2016

Ellis H. O’Neal, age 91 passed away April 7, 2016 at Shands at UF in Gainesville, Fl. He was born in Webster, Iowa on January 25, 1925 to the late Hugh and Emily O’Neal. Ellis graduated from the University of Florida in January of 1949 with a degree in Engineering. He also served in WWII as top turret gunner and flight engineer on B17’s with 26 missions over Germany with the 398th bomber group and spent 32 years as power plant construction engineer with Florida Power and Light.
Ellis was married for 70 years to his beloved Harriet Elizabeth Brush of Tampa, Fl on Nov. 25, 1945 and had three children: Daniel Ellis O’Neal, Kathy O’Neal-Niles and Robin Anne Hendrickson, 4 grandchildren; Jennifer, Jonathan, Patrick and Emily and 2 great grandchildren: Oliver and Owen.
A Private Family Graveside Service has been planned. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville, FL.

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  1. Dana Neil at · Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Xoxo, Dana Neil, Van and Cole Arvin

  2. Lisa Huffman at · Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like a wonderful man, wish I had known him.
    Lisa and Randy Huffman

  3. Patrick Wright at · Reply

    My thoughts and prays are with you.

  4. Diane Lemon at · Reply

    I know Mr. O’Neal will be missed by his family, I am a SWHS graduate, 1968, and I knew him then. Being that he was a WWII veteran, I thankful for his service especially at the time he served in WWII. My condolences to all the O’Neal family especially Danny.
    Go Eagles!

  5. Barb Frantz at · Reply

    So sorry for your loss Kathy you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Barb Frantz

  6. Kathy O'Neal Niles at · Reply

    Thanks to all for your kind words.

  7. Lee Bradley at · Reply

    All of us with the 398th BG Memorial Association sends heartfelt condolences. It is always so sad to lose one of our 398th BG heroes. Ellis will always be remembered.

    Lee Anne Bradley
    398th BGMA Historian

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