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In Memory of

Lawrence Michael O'Neill

August 8, 1930 - January 8, 2018

Obituary


Lawrence Michael O'Neill was born on August 8th, 1930, to parents Peter and Lucile. He was the eldest of six sons: Lawrence, Patrick, Timothy, Terrence, Gerald, and Daniel.
Larry attended St. Rose, Central Catholic, Grant and Portland State; joining the Army, prior to the Korean War. He treasured his time in the service, proudly serving his country and making many lifetime friendships.

In the mid-50's, Larry moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he managed one of the three franchises of O'Neill Transfer Company (Portland, Seattle, Tacoma). There he met Constance Johnson and, in 1957...

Lawrence Michael O'Neill was born on August 8th, 1930, to parents Peter and Lucile. He was the eldest of six sons: Lawrence, Patrick, Timothy, Terrence, Gerald, and Daniel.
Larry attended St. Rose, Central Catholic, Grant and Portland State; joining the Army, prior to the Korean War. He treasured his time in the service, proudly serving his country and making many lifetime friendships.

In the mid-50's, Larry moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he managed one of the three franchises of O'Neill Transfer Company (Portland, Seattle, Tacoma). There he met Constance Johnson and, in 1957 they were married, settling in Browns Point, Washington. Six children followed: Darren, Kelly, Patrick, Steven, James, and Matthew.
With the closure of the Tacoma O'Neill Office in 1971, Larry relocated to O'Neill's in Portland.

In 1974, he married Connie Lechner, thus gaining three children, Angela, Daniel, and Julie. In 1980, Jennifer made an entrance, joining her nine other siblings.

Larry was an avid outdoor lover and subsequently introduced all of his children and his wife to his outdoor pursuits: camping, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, hunting, and cooking on the camp fire stove. And the only requirement, "roughing it" along the Deschutes, Metolius, Imnaha Rivers or anywhere that was free and clear of any/every amenity!

Over the years, Larry taught dog training/obedience, archery, and gun safety. He loved the mountains and the refreshing air atmosphere, and became an extremely skilled skier. As he did not like to be alone in this endeavor, he taught us all to ski.

If there was time, (and he made sure about that), Larry could be found working on many projects in his garage: woodworking, car maintenance, fixing anything and everything! With his wife, he enjoyed walks, bicycling around the neighborhood and regularly working out at the gym. He forever had a vegetable garden growing, played the stock market with his newly-found computer skills, was an adventurous cook and always pursued his interest in world and local history, current events and the military.

Larry and his wife had a happy social life with family and close friends. They frequently found themselves traveling by car or air to a local or distant destination; a most rewarding occupation.

Larry needed a quick wit (with ten children) and luckiky he was endowed with a terrific sense of humor like none other. He loved to laugh and mostly enjoyed the laughter of anyone who would listen to his songs and "jokes".

With Larry's everyday full life, he never forgot God, Who created him. Larry was dedicated to his Catholic Church and faith and looking forward to that "someday" when God would call him; entering his place in Eternal Life.

And so it was that God did call Larry on January 8, 2018. He passed away peacefully with deep love and prayers from all of his family, surrounded by his bedside. He now joins his parents, Peter and Lucile; brothers, Patrick, Terry and Dan in Eternal Rest.