Jerald ‘Jerry’ M. O’Neal

Jerald “Jerry” M. O’Neal, 86, of Covington died Saturday Aug. 18, 2018, at Fairway Village, Indianapolis, where he had resided over a year. 

He was born Feb. 29, 1932, at Covington, the son of Jesse Verl and Alpha (Morris) O’Neal.

Jerry was a life resident of Covington and a 1950 graduate of Covington High School, where he was member of the football team. Jerry was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Olin and Flexel 1973 to 1995. He was also a self-employed backhoe operator for 40 years. His memberships included: Sterling Christian Church; Fountain Lodge #60 F. & A. M.; Terre Haute Scottish Rite, Zorah Shrine; Cayuga American Legion Post #263; and a life-member and past commander of Fountain County Old Guard Post #2395 VFW.

Jerry married Joann Lutz on Feb. 2, 1952, at Danville, Illinois. She died March 10, 1994. He then married Helen Tyler on April 2, 2002, at Henderson, Kentucky. She died Jan. 25, 2015.

Surviving are four children, Jamie (Dohn) Hutson, Jerry (Karen) O’Neal, Judy (Milo) Richey, all of Covington, and Jennie (Richard) Gibbs of Veedersburg; two sisters, Melva Melvin of Waynetown and Verla (Harold) Merryman of Veedersburg; brother Donald O’Neal of Newtown; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his cat Timmy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Shelby Funeral Home, Covington, with David Sims officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home, with Masonic services at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors by the Army and Cayuga American Legion.

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