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Frank D. O'Neill

Frank  D. O'Neill Frank David O’Neill, age 94, of Manhattan, died Monday July 10, 2017 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

He was born on March 10, 1923 in Geary County, Kansas the son of Robert E. and Sarah (Crider) O’Neill. Frank attended St. George High School until his senior year. He graduated from Leonardville High School in 1942, where he participated in football, basketball, and track. Frank spent four years in the United States Navy and served as a First Class Gunner’s Mate in the South Pacific.

On April 3, 1949 he was untied in marriage to Coral Lee Cheesman of Clay Center, Kansas at the First United Methodist Church.

Frank worked for 32 years for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a lineman and later he worked in the main office as a repeaterman.

Frank enjoyed all sports, hunting, golf, dancing, raising cattle, and training hunting dogs. He especially liked watching KSU football games. He enjoyed golfing in his retirement years, including the annual Father’s Day family golf tournament with Dan, Coe, Susan, Drew and Kevin. Of course, they say the boys always won.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, Drew, Kevin, Heather, Michael, Austin, Rachel, Tyler, and Ross on the farm doing chores, feeding the animals and giving tractor rides.

Frank was a member of the VFW, Elks Club, the American Legion, and the Stagg Hill Golf Club, and also a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Frank is survived by his wife Coral, his sons: Daniel O’Neill (Susan), David O’Neill, and Pat O’Neill all of Manhattan, his daughter Gail Manchester (Bruce) of McKinnleyville, California. Also surviving are his brothers, Robert O’Neill of Randolph, and Frederick Lee O’Neill of Manhattan; his eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; his brothers-in-law, Gene Cheesman (Janet) of Jacksonville, Florida and Joe Cheesman of Boulder, Colorado.

Funeral services for Mr. O’Neill will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 13, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel. Private burial will be held in the Sunset Cemetery.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 9:00a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Homecare and Hospice Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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