Dennis O’Neil, 1943-2020

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Dennis “Denny” O’Neil, 76, of Winnebago passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Brian Mulligan officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in rural Delavan. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be left at

Dennis O’Neil

Denny was born June 18, 1943, in Winnebago to Francis John “White” and Virginia Mae (Springer) O’Neil. He was the third of six children. He graduated from Delavan High School in 1961.

On Jan. 19, 1963, he married Linda Perrine, and together they had four children. Denny was a truck driver for most of his life. After his retirement he took great pride in assisting with services at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home.

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Denny had many loves in his life including the car races in Fairmont, playing cards with his family, making fudge (without nuts), going to rodeos and, most of all, his great-grandbabies, grandbabies and his children — in that order. He was an active member at St. Mary’s in many capacities, including being a sacristan and a member of the church choir.

Denny is survived by his wife, Linda, of almost 57 years; four children, Julie (David) Vangsness, Kevin (Stephanie) O’Neil, Terri (Bruce) Shuck and Sara (David) Obermeyer; six grandchildren, Colt (Monikka) O’Neil, Heather O’Neil, Joshua O’Neil, Orrin (Leah) Shuck, Clint (Hannah) Schmidt and Christina (Shane) Farris; five great-grandchildren, Owen O’Neil, Jaycee and Gracie Mae O’Neil, Killian O’Neil and Casson Farris; siblings Kent (Kay) O’Neil, Jeannine O’Neil and Rosalyn (Eugene) Crossen; brother-in-law, David (Cookie) McQueen; sister-in-law, Kathy (Michael) McGrath; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jerry and Kiernan O’Neil.

In lieu of flowers, donors are asked to consider a gift to a charity of their choice.