Arlington, Texas – Kenneth Wayne O'Neal, 86, passed away on his favorite day of the week, a Sunday, January 24, 2021, with his beloved wife Mary by his side. Ken was known by all as a kind, gentle, loving man who took a great interest in everyone. Ken was born in Sweetwater, Texas, to Iva B. and Luther M. O'Neal. He had one older sister, Maxine O'Neal Brown. He enjoyed his small town upbringing and embraced all aspects of sports, academics and social events, even finishing his high school years being voted as King of Hearts 1951. As his many friends stated throughout his yearbook, he was a “swell guy”. He worked many part-time jobs in his youth which set him on a hardworking path his whole life. He attended Wayland Baptist College, where he was studying to be in the ministry, and he was also a pitcher for the baseball team. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in the Korean conflict. After 3 years as a Marine, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he served as a crew member on B-45's, B-66's and B-52's. He was stationed in several states and various countries during the Cold War era. In 1970 he participated in 62 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He earned many commendations and medals, accruing over 5,000 flying hours. When he was stationed in England in the late 1950's, he met Mary Williams, a Londoner, and they married in 1960. Last August they celebrated 60 happy and joyful years of marriage. They were blessed with two wonderful children. Upon retirement from the military in 1973, they settled in Arlington where Ken began a 21 year career with the U.S. Post Office. He continued his higher education while working at the Post Office and raising a family, earning a Bachelor of Business Management from Dallas Baptist University. He retired from the Post Office in 1994 as a much respected supervisor. In retirement, Ken also worked part-time for 20 years for Hertz Rental Cars. He and Mary enjoyed many years of travels with family, church activities, and a variety of concerts, sports events and anything involving their grandchildren. For his entire life he quietly and consistently served the Lord all over the world in small and large churches, doing whatever needed to be done. He was an ordained Deacon, Bible study teacher, and youth leader. For over the last 40 years, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Arlington, and in 2017 was honored as Deacon Emeritus. His family that loved him dearly and who will forever miss him: Wife, Mary; Daughter, Karen and her husband Gary and their children, Evan and Colin; son, Kyle and his wife Kathryn and their children Aaron and Mallory; and other dear family members throughout Texas and England and many wonderful friends. Ken will be buried with full military honors in a private ceremony at the DFW National Cemetery. A celebration of his beautiful life will be held on his birthday, Sunday, August 15, 2021, at 2pm, First Baptist Church Arlington. Should you desire to make a memorial donation in his honor, he loved Mission Arlington. Wade Family Funeral Home (817) 274-9233

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  1. We will always remember our experiences in Arlington, but will never forget seeing Mary and Ken at Shakespeare’s home in England. He will be greatly missed. Your family continues to be in our prayers. Jean and Joe Myers

  2. There are no words that can justify this wonderful man. He was a true gentleman. A wonderful friend. I will miss him.
    The finest man I have ever known. I will miss our breakfasts and phone calls. Please God take care of Mary and her family.
    Love you Launa and Jeff

  3. Kenneth O’Neal

    Honoring the dear
    precious Ken
    noble gentle man
    US Air Force hero
    true patriot
    devoted husband
    beloved Mary
    special Dad
    Karen and Kyle
    Gary and Kathryn
    doting grandfather
    Evan and Colin
    Aaron and Mallory
    the globe
    A peaceful journey
    All peace
    our love for Mary
    and the Family

    Condolences and much love
    Avril and Famiy

  4. Dear Mary, Karen, Kyle and your dear families
    We are sending you all so much love – and wishing we could be with you to share your grief.
    Our Dear Ken
    It’s hard to imagine life without him. We all know that one day, the time has to come …… but hoped that day never would arrive, especially for such a gentle man.
    Dear Ken was exceptional.
    He adored you, Mary, Karen and Kyle and all his family.
    Such a decent, wonderful person who served his family, country, church, and friends above and beyond…….
    He was kind, generous, modest and patient. Never wanted to talk about himself, even though he endured so many horrible, invasive health problems. And uncomplaining, right to the end.
    Always interested in other people. Thank you Ken for the love you gave us, and for making us so very welcome, and for sharing and showing us your country. We never would have had our eyes opened to so many places had it not been for you in our family, and for you driving us so many miles, and making sure we were all comfortable and happy. We have so many many happy memories.
    If only we could be more like him.
    We are so very very sorry that he has had to leave you all, and that we cannot be there with you.

    With our love to you all. David and Chris xxx

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