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Charles N. “Charlie” O’Neal

September 24, 1931 - February 12, 2019

Charles N. “Charlie” O’Neal, age 87, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on September 24, 1931, he was a son of the late Charles W. and Helen I. (Wilson) O’Neal. Charlie proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia during the Korean War. Following his service, he worked as an HVAC Mechanic for Pipefitters Local #74 in Newark and retired after more than 20 years.

A skilled wood carver, Charlie’s talents really showed in the meticulous detail of his duck decoys and other birds. He loved spending time with family and friends, eating ice cream, staying at the family’s Pot-Nets retreat and coaching a neighborhood baseball team. Additional hobbies included hunting, bowling and fishing. Highlights entailed bowling a “300” game and landing a white marlin. Charlie was a Past Worthy Patron of Naomi Chapter No. 20 OES, Past Master of Christiana Lodge No. 35 A.F. & A.M. and Past Grand Tiler for The Grand Lodge of DE.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Eugene O’Neal, William O’Neal and Linda Hylenski. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dolores M. (Stant) O’Neal; children, Karen L. Barlow (Ed) of New Castle, Beverly J. Dorrin (Frank) of Chesapeake City, MD, Patricia J. Riccio (Anthony) of New Castle, Charles W. O’Neal II (Mary Murphy) of Newark, Michael J. O’Neal of Rock, MI and Janice M. Smith (Paul) of New Castle; sister, Patricia E. DeBonaventura of Newark; 21 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 3:30 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where an Order of Eastern Star and Masonic Services will be held at 3:30 pm. A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, February 18, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charlie’s memory to Christiana Lodge No. 35 A.F. & A.M., P.O. Box 409, New Castle, Delaware 19720 or Holloway Terrace Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, 700 West Ave., P.O. Box 684, New Castle, DE 19720.

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25 Condolences for Charles N. “Charlie” O’Neal

  • Sending prayers and much love. If u need anything or need talk I’m one phone call away. Love u all god bless!!!

  • Rest in peace PM Oneal in the celestial lodge above, we got it from here. God bless you.

  • Miss u Pop.

  • RIP mr. O’Neil you will be missed

  • You will forever be missed and loved ❤️

  • Another Angel has been called to be with our Lord…God Bless

  • Deepest Sympathies Riccio Family🌷

  • So sorry to hear this.
    Love and hugs to your family.

  • Praying for all the family

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss. It’s never easy when a loved one leaves us, but, in all the years that I’ve know Charlie, I couldn’t help but notice just how loved he was by everyone who knew him.

  • So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and love your way. God Bless you all

  • Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  • Our prayers are with you all for peace and comfort in this difficult time. May Jesus bless

  • Dear Charlie and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. He sounded like a remarkable man. I hope you find peace and happiness in your memories of him.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Suzanne and Jim Lemley

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time. Your dad was a very upstanding special kind of guy. We pray God give you the strength you need in the upcoming days. We love you all.
    Judy & Bob Gibbons
    Ju

  • Karen,Patricia,Mary,Charlie,and Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories you have of Mr. O’Neal help ease the Heartfelt pain at this most difficult time. I will have you and your Family in my thoughts and prayer. God Bless!

  • So sorry for your loss …losing a parent is very difficult especially a patent that was always there for his family. May God Bless you all and keep you all in the palm of his hand

    Love in Christ
    Katie and Mitch Gearinger

  • Sorry for you loss

  • Janice, I’m sorry for this great loss, you and your family are in my prayers..

  • Sorry for your loss thinking of you Delores and your family Nancy and myself saw one of your boys up to Kmart Always love seeing you and Charles together you were great couple

  • So very sorry for you’re loss. He was such a nice man! Rest In Peace Mr. O’Neil!

  • So sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. Prayers sent to help you get through this. He lived a long good life, and was loved by many.

    Love you all Roni

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to pay my respects in person.

  • Beverly, know that I am praying for you and your family at this time. Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we know will always carry on.

  • He lived a good long life. May God give you all comfort in your time of loss