Orval Dean O’Neill passed away October 17, 2019. He was born May 10, 1937, to James and Mildred (Wallingford) O’Neill. Dean lived with his parents and older brother Jimmie on the ranch in Western Todd County, S.D.
Dean attended country school at the Peterson Country School in western Todd County and high school in Martin, graduating in 1955. He then received his two-year degree in agriculture at South Dakota State College in Brookings. He joined the army and was part of the marksmanship shooting team that competed around the country. He was a golden glove boxer like his brother, and enjoyed playing softball in the summer with his brother and friends.
He met and married Judy Eitzen in Valentine, Neb., in July 1960. They lived on the family ranch/farm and raised their four children together. He attended the Vetal Presbyterian Church growing up, and later attended the Tuthill and Martin Presbyterian church with his parents and family. He spent his life as an active member of the community and served on Lacreek Board of Electric, was on the Co-Op Board, and was a Todd County commissioner for many years.
Dean was known for his wit and charm, often playing practical jokes and telling stories. He enjoyed fishing, team roping, and attending auctions and was never one to pass up a bargain. He lived on the family ranch for 60 years, valued hard work, and was an early riser, having coffee with his brother Jimmie or calling his family to check in early in the morning. All who knew him will miss his strength, wit, and charm.
Dean is survived by his children, Sandy (Ken) Lang, Gillette, Wyo., Tony O’Neill, Harrington, Rick (Kari) O’Neill, Harrington, and Bethany O’Neill, of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughters, Samantha, Alex, and Devon Lang, and Tyler, Tanner, and Dali O’Neill.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jimmie (Martha) O’Neill; and wife of 57 years, Judy O’Neill.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 23, at Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church in Martin, officiated by Pastor Lisa Danielson.
Burial was at Martin Community Cemetery, Martin, with Military Honors by American Legion Post 240.
Arrangements by Holmes Funeral Home of Valentine.