PLATTEVILLE, Wis. ---- Arthur J. "Art" O'Neill, 85, of Platteville, Wis., passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004 at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.
Born Oct. 15, 1919 in Helmsburg, he was the son of John Joseph and Grace (Weddle) O'Neill. In 1945, he married Doris Weittenhiller in Madison, Wis.
He attended high school in Bloomfield, where he excelled in sports, winning the Wabash Valley Basketball Tournament. He attended George Washington University and the University of Georgia on football scholarships. He served four and a half years in the U.S. Army Air Corps, of which two and a half years were spent in the South Pacific. In April of 1947, he opened his business in Platteville. He and his wife Doris owned and operated O'Neill Shoes for 38 years, retiring in 1984. He was very community minded, serving on the Police and Fire Commission, Appeals Board, President of the PTA Council, Community Chest Drive Chairman, Cancer Drive Chairman, President of the Platteville Chamber of Commerce, 1983 Business Man of the Year, Dairy Day Chairman and 1985 Grand Marshal. He served on the State Vocational School Board, he participated in judging DECCA Competitions. He was a member of the Platteville City Band, twirling at various events. He donated his time to teach high school twirlers, judging at regional and state levels. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, serving on the church council. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Rotary Club, Elks Club, Jamison Museum and the State Historical Society. In his later years he became a master calligrapher, exhibiting his work at the Rountree Gallery.
Survivors include: his wife Doris O'Neill of Platteville, Wis.; one daughter Jonie (Lyle) Paye of Green Bay, Wis.; one granddaughter Jennifer (Matt) Cambio of LaCrosse, Wis.; three great-grandsons, Joseph, Nicholas and William; one brother Robert E. O'Neill of Hamilton, Ohio; and one sister Grace C. Fulk of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Harry, Michael, George, Leander, and Allen; four sisters, Mable, Virginia, Geneva, and Mary Margaret.
Funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2004 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post 42 and VFW Post 5274. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.
Memorials may be made to the Arthur J. O'Neill memorial fund.