Kenneth E. O’Neal died peacefully after a long battle with brain cancer on Tuesday June 9th, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL at the age of 66.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Edgar O’Neal, and his brother Jim O’Neal. Ken is survived by his sister Terri O’Neal and brother-in-law Chris Weiler of Florida; niece Tara Gillon and great nephew Jimmy Gillon of Florida; aunt Jean Lynn of Canada; uncle Pat O’Neal of Canada. His extended family: Mardy and Danny Hendon of Georgia, Kala and Kinsley Mann of Georgia, and Kelah Gorham of Florida, and the rest of his much-loved family and friends.
Ken was born on October 23rd, 1953. He graduated Milan High School, TN in 1971 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He served in the United States Army from 1977-2008, and was stationed in Hawaii, Germany, and the continental US. The remainder of his career was with Target Corporation in Woodstock, GA. In December 2016, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and moved to Florida to be close to his sister, Terri.
Ken requested to be cremated and his ashes interred at the Sarasota National Cemetery in a traditional Veterans service. Arrangements are entrusted to Baldwin Brothers A Funeral & Cremation Society of Fort Myers, Florida. Due to the current Covid-19 situation in Florida, this date has yet to be determined.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers for a donation to be made in Ken’s honor to The SWFL Military Museum in Cape Coral, FL. Mail donations to: SWFL Military Museum, 4820 Leonard St. Cape Coral, FL 33904.
The family would like to include a special thank you to the staff at the Opal Assisted Living and Hope Hospice of Cape Coral for their loving care and assistance with Ken.