Nov. 9, 1922 ~ Jan. 11, 2013
Robert was born in Long Beach, Calif., to Columbus and Mary O’Neal. He completed ninth grade, after which he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. By the age of 19 he’d met and married his sweetheart, Dena Boertje. They celebrated their 70th anniversary March 15 of last year.
Duty called and he served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II.
Robert and Dena raised their daughter, Lynda Diane, and sons, Robert Thomas and Rex Gordon, in Southern California.
As empty nesters, they moved to Bend, Ore., in 1967, and later to Austin in 1976. They finally settled in Whitehouse in 1999.
Though his passion was driving trucks, he became a custom cabinet contractor for the remainder of his working life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Everett; and a sister, Dorothy Patricia Gregory.
He is survived by his wife; three children; and grandchildren, David C. Friedrichs, Dena J. Coughlin, Thomas H. O’Neal, Jessica D. O’Neal; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the loving, kind professionals at Heart to Heart Hospice.