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James Robert O'Neal, Sr., 69 of Muskogee, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 25, 2014, surrounded by his family. A longtime resident of Muskogee, "Jim" as his friends know him, was born January 25, 1945 in Oklahoma City to Dallas and Hazel (Whitehead) O'Neal.

He grew up and attended public schools in Luther, Oklahoma, graduating from high school with the class of 1963. Jim furthered his education at a technical school before enlisting in the United States Air Force in March of 1965. He served his country proudly during wartime in Viet Nam. He received several awards during his service in the Air Force, including the Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal. Jim was honorably discharged from the Air Force in October of 1968.

On November 3, 1967, Jim married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Neal, in Midwest City, Oklahoma. They celebrated over 46 years of marriage together. Not long after Jim and Patricia were married, he began his career with OG&E as a lineman. He worked with OG&E for nearly 30 years when he retired in 2000.

After his retirement, Jim and Patricia worked together at their Emu farm, "Walkabout Emu Station." His family remembers how much they enjoyed working their farm together. Jim loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren and he made them a priority in his life. His hobbies included working with animals and fishing.

Jim was an active member of the OG&E Pioneer Club, the Blue Star Mothers, the DAV, the VFW, the EMU Association, the Through The Bible Church and the FFA. He enjoyed being a part of these organizations and they will miss him tremendously.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wayne O'Neal. Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann O'Neal of the home; his son, James Robert O'Neal, Jr. and his fiance', Sheri Jo Ann Franklin of Herndon, KY; his daughter, Tracy Ann Ingersoll and her husband, Tony of Rose, OK; his grandchildren, Dustin James O'Neal, Breanne Nicole O'Neal, Colton Robert O'Neal, Hailey Brooke Pyle, Whitney Gorman, Nick Franklin, Reese Franklin, and Bryce Murphy; his siblings, DeAnna and Bill Hatch of West Siloam Springs, OK, Jolene and Ed McWain of Kerrville, TX, Phyllis and Frank Garcia of Cushing, OK, Ronald O'Neal of Florida, Terri Wishon and Darrell Low of Del City, OK; many friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles who will miss him dearly.

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