Albert D. O’Neil
July 14, 1923 ‒ December 15, 2002
MANSFIELD: Albert D. O’Neil, 79, of Meadowood Drive, Mansfield, died Sunday afternoon December 15, 2002 in Woodlawn Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born July 14, 1923 in Mansfield, was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in1941, and remained a lifelong Mansfield resident.
During WWII, Al served as a Sergeant with the 502nd Infantry of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division in the European Theater.
Following the war, he worked with the former Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company, where he met John Butler, who initiated Al’s interest in public service.
In 1949 he joined the Mansfield Police Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police. He left the police department to work under the prosecutor’s office and implemented the diversion program. He later served as Richland County Sheriff. Following his years of service as a supervisor at Richland County Child Support Enforcement Agency, he served as bailiff in Judge Ron Spon’s domestic relations court. In all Al’s service to Richland County and the City of Mansfield spanned 50 years of public service.
For more than 20 years, he served as a trustee for Washington Township.
He was a member of Berean Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Baku Grotto, and the Fraternal Order of Police Local #32.
Al loved spending time with his family, mowing his grass, relaxing in the sun, and though time seldom permitted, fishing.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law Barry M. and Judie Lewis of Mansfield, Michael A. and Janice O’Neil of Columbus; a daughter and son-in-law Barbara L. and Larry Zarth of Virginia Beach, Virginia; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; a brother Robert “Bob” Myers of Mansfield; and three sisters Ruth Hughes and Mary Golden both of Mansfield and Thelma LeMons of Lexington.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Sue (Queen) O’Neil on March 18, 1996; and by his parents Amos and Hazel (Metcalf) Myers
Friends may call today Tuesday December 17, 2002 from 4-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 am. The Rev. David J. Pound will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Richland County Joint Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions to Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.