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William Allan O'Neil

Marion, Ohio

September 15, 1943 - July 9, 2024

William Allan O'Neil Obituary

William Allan O’Neil was born on September 15, 1943 to Charles and Elizabeth O’Neil in Beaverdale, Pennsylvania.  His siblings at that time were Virginia, Chuck, Jim and Vera.  Three years later another sister, Charlotte was born.

Bill was born a musician, hunter, and fisherman.  By the time he graduated from high school he could play the piano, the accordion, and all the instruments in his high school band.  On graduation day, he was called forth last and honored as “Mr. Music Man”.  Bill was also graced with a beautiful voice.  He accompanied his father on the piano, singing with him, on many occasions throughout his youth.

After high school, he went to Otterbein College and graduated with a B.S. in Music Education.  At Otterbein, he met Dianne “Dee” Randolph, the love of his life.  They were married on July 31, 1965.  They became the parents of two wonderful sons, Allan and Scott.  Allan and his wife, Janell, gave Bill two grandchildren, Allyssa and Britton who in turn gave him four great grandchildren, two children each.  Scott gave him the opportunity to see parts of the United States he would have never seen, if music hadn’t been the love of Scott’s life.

Bill directed high school bands in Ohio at Lucas, Circleville, Elgin and Adena.  Most of those years were at Elgin, where he was the proud director of the “Elgin Marching 100”.  However, directing bands was only part of this musician’s life.  He also directed choirs at Elgin, Lucas Congregational Church, Calvary United Methodist Church, Crosswood United Methodist Church, and Salem Evangelical Church.  At Calvary, he organized “The Men of Calvary”, a quartet who sang God’s praises for years.

While at and after leaving Elgin, Bill enjoyed teaching students privately in his home on piano and all band instruments.  For a short time, he was a school fundraiser with Princeton Industries.  Bill also worked at Marion Music Store, Del’s Music Studio and was a “road man” for Coyle’s Music Store, aiding central Ohio bands with their music programs, repairs, and instrumental needs.  Almost everything he did had to do with music except for his love of the outdoors.  The walls of Bill’s home reflect his love for fishing and hunting.  He was an avid deer hunter all his life and in 1996, after Coyle’s ended serving the Marion area, he went to school to become a charter captain on Lake Erie.  For the next 20 years or so, he helped others fish for walleye and perch on Lake Erie. 

Bill was a talker and the last years of his life were spent talking to neighbors, his church family, and anyone who would listen.  He was known as “Watchdog Bill” in the neighborhood as he was always seen sitting on the front porch watching for people to talk to.

Bill was most proud of serving his Lord and Savior in all the endeavors of his life.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dee O’Neil, his children Allan (Janell) O’Neil and Scott O’Neil; his sister Charlotte (Wally) Tucker; his grandchildren Allyssa (Kurtis) Betker and Britton (Kaela) O’Neil; and great-grandchildren Wren and Layne Betker and Hallie and Hudson O’Neil; brother-in-law Jack (Diana) Randolph.

Calling hours will be observed on Friday, July 12, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Boyd Funeral Home, 122 W. Columbia St., Marion, Ohio 43302.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 1:00 pm at Crosswood United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Road, Marion, Ohio 43302 with Pastor Joshua Freshour officiating.  A private family burial will follow at a later date.

Those interested in making a donation in Bill’s name are requested to make a donation to Tranquility Hospice, 1949 State Route 37 W. Suite C., Delaware, Ohio 43015; Prospect United Methodist Church, 185 S. Propsect St., Marion, Ohio 43302; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704; Hagerstown, MD 21741.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of William Allan O'Neil hosted by Boyd Born Funeral Home.

William Allan O’Neil was born on September 15, 1943 to Charles and Elizabeth O’Neil in Beaverdale, Pennsylvania.  His siblings at that time were Virginia, Chuck, Jim and Vera.  Three years later another sister, Charlotte was born.

Bill was born a musician, hunter, and fisherman.  By the time he graduated from high school he could play the piano, the accordion, and all the instruments in his high school band.  On graduation day, he was called forth last and honored as “Mr. Music Man”.  Bill was also graced with a beautiful voice.  He accompanied his father on the piano, singing with him, on many occasions throughout his youth.

After high school, he went to Otterbein College and graduated with a B.S. in Music Education.  At Otterbein, he met Dianne “Dee” Randolph, the love of his life.  They were married on July 31, 1965.  They became the parents of two wonderful sons, Allan and Scott.  Allan and his wife, Janell, gave Bill two grandchildren, Allyssa and Britton who in turn gave him four great grandchildren, two children each.  Scott gave him the opportunity to see parts of the United States he would have never seen, if music hadn’t been the love of Scott’s life.

Bill directed high school bands in Ohio at Lucas, Circleville, Elgin and Adena.  Most of those years were at Elgin, where he was the proud director of the “Elgin Marching 100”.  However, directing bands was only part of this musician’s life.  He also directed choirs at Elgin, Lucas Congregational Church, Calvary United Methodist Church, Crosswood United Methodist Church, and Salem Evangelical Church.  At Calvary, he organized “The Men of Calvary”, a quartet who sang God’s praises for years.

While at and after leaving Elgin, Bill enjoyed teaching students privately in his home on piano and all band instruments.  For a short time, he was a school fundraiser with Princeton Industries.  Bill also worked at Marion Music Store, Del’s Music Studio and was a “road man” for Coyle’s Music Store, aiding central Ohio bands with their music programs, repairs, and instrumental needs.  Almost everything he did had to do with music except for his love of the outdoors.  The walls of Bill’s home reflect his love for fishing and hunting.  He was an avid deer hunter all his life and in 1996, after Coyle’s ended serving the Marion area, he went to school to become a charter captain on Lake Erie.  For the next 20 years or so, he helped others fish for walleye and perch on Lake Erie. 

Bill was a talker and the last years of his life were spent talking to neighbors, his church family, and anyone who would listen.  He was known as “Watchdog Bill” in the neighborhood as he was always seen sitting on the front porch watching for people to talk to.

Bill was most proud of serving his Lord and Savior in all the endeavors of his life.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dee O’Neil, his children Allan (Janell) O’Neil and Scott O’Neil; his sister Charlotte (Wally) Tucker; his grandchildren Allyssa (Kurtis) Betker and Britton (Kaela) O’Neil; and great-grandchildren Wren and Layne Betker and Hallie and Hudson O’Neil; brother-in-law Jack (Diana) Randolph.

Calling hours will be observed on Friday, July 12, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Boyd Funeral Home, 122 W. Columbia St., Marion, Ohio 43302.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 1:00 pm at Crosswood United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Road, Marion, Ohio 43302 with Pastor Joshua Freshour officiating.  A private family burial will follow at a later date.

Those interested in making a donation in Bill’s name are requested to make a donation to Tranquility Hospice, 1949 State Route 37 W. Suite C., Delaware, Ohio 43015; Prospect United Methodist Church, 185 S. Propsect St., Marion, Ohio 43302; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704; Hagerstown, MD 21741.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of William Allan O'Neil hosted by Boyd Born Funeral Home.

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