March 12,1920 - July 22, 2011
David W. O'Neill, 91, of Walla Walla, died at Walla Walla General Hospital on July 22, 2011. Born in Broadview, Mont., his family moved to Clarksfork, Wyo., and then on to Luther, Mont. During his teen years his father was ill so it was up to him to run the family farm.
However, times were hard, and his father died when he was 17, so they moved to Billings, Mont., where he started driving truck to support his family.
He was in World War II from 1942-1945, fighting in the Normandy invasion and in the Battle of the Bulge. It was a special occasion when he recently received a Jubilee of Liberty Medal for valiantly serving there.
He married Olga Globstad on Dec. 15, 1945, in Billings, Mont., and had two daughters.
He became a Christian in 1960 and his lifestyle changed significantly, from a man who would fight anyone, to a man who was dedicated to telling everyone about Jesus and how He changed his life.
He worked with the church boy's youth groups as much as he could. He visited people in jail regularly and preached at the Rescue Mission in Billings for many years.
After driving truck for Burlington Northern for 30 years, he retired in 1977, when he and Olga moved to Portland, Ore. But, retirement wasn't for him, so he started driving truck for Consolidated Freightways, retiring again in 1986. They then moved to Walla Walla to be close to their two daughters and grandchildren.
In Walla Walla he visited people at the VA Hospital, encouraging them, praying for them and telling them about Jesus. Another important ministry was serving at the church Awana program. He was always willing to help someone in need, giving of time and money. He was a very patient, humble and giving person. A prayer warrior working behind the scenes, he never wanted to draw attention to himself. Being an avid bowler he was on numerous bowling leagues.
Therefore, a lot of family time was spent in the bowling alley as he taught his grandchildren how to bowl.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga, on Dec. 26, 2001; and daughter, Darlene Snider, on March 24, 2006; and his sisters, Beulah Morse and Gertrude Rykken of Billings, Mont. He is survived by his
daughter and husband, Patsy and Tom Weaver; son-in-law, Rollie Snider; four grandchildren, Joshua and Katie Weaver and Matt and Jessica Snider' and six great-grandchildren.
The memorial service and celebration of his life will be Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Baptist Church, 595 Abbott Road, Walla Walla.
Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Hospice of Walla Walla, or Destiny Missions International.