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Glenn O’Neal

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On July 23, 2018, Glenn O’Neal went to be with his Lord and Savior at age 96. He lived a long, fulfilling life serving God, his family and his country.
A graveside service for Glenn will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 26, 2018 at General Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery with Pastor Doug Austin officiating.
Glenn O’Neal was born in Ralls, TX on December 4, 1921. Later the family moved to El Paso, TX where the family farmed. His mother passed away shortly thereafter. Glenn’s father remarried a few years later to Carrie Moore. Eventually, they relocated to Roswell, NM where they worked on a small farm.
After graduating from high school in 1940, he enlisted on July 8, 1942 to serve in World War II for three and a half years. Most of his army service was in the Army Air Corp as Staff Sargent. Glenn served in England, Holland, Belgium, Germany and France as a radar control operator. He participated in the following battles and campaigns: Normandy, Rhineland Ardennes, Air Offensive Europe, Northern France, and Central Europe. After Glenn returned to the United States, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University, graduating with honors in three years. Glenn then received a master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. Education was very important to him and he always encouraged his family to pursue higher education.
Glenn and Rosemary Wiggins, the love of his life, were married on August 26, 1950. That same year he started teaching in the Roswell schools. He was an English teacher at Yucca Junior High, Roswell High School, Berrendo Middle School and Mountain View Middle School. He taught for 35 years, retiring in 1985.
Glenn was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. He attended the Country Club Road Church of Christ. In his earlier years, he taught bible classes. Glenn made sure to instill a love and faith in God in his family.
Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Columbus O’Neal; mother, Ivie O’Neal who passed away in El Paso when he was 10 years old. His twin brother, Guinn who passed away at birth due to complications, and sister, Evalee O’Neal Crim.
Survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Rosemary O’Neal, their only child, Gwyn O’Neal Burd of Roswell. Glenn has two grandchildren, the joys of his life, Skyla Burd of Abilene, TX and Kyler Burd of Roswell, NM, three nephews: Larry Fahrlender, Terry Fahrlender and Richard Fahrlender, two nieces; Debbie Crim O’Neal and Julie Crim O’Neal.
Honorary Pallbearers are Kyler O’Neal Burd, Richard Fahrlender, Terry Fahrlender and Larry Fahrlender.
Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to New Mexico Christina Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130 or Meals on Wheels Joy Center, 1822 N. Montana, Roswell, NM 88201.

Should you go first and I remain
to walk the road alone.
I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear
with happy days we’ve known
in Spring. I’ll wait for roses red,
when fades the lilacs blue,
in early fall, when brown leaves fall,
I’ll catch a glimpse of you
Should you go first, and I remain
for battles to be fought,
each thing you’ve touched along the way
will be a hallowed spot,
I’ll hear your voice;
I’ll see your smile,
though blindly I may grope
the memory of your helping hand
will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain
to finish with the scroll,
no length’ning shadows shall creep in
to make this life seem droll.
We’ve known so much of happiness
we’ve had our cup of joy,
and memory is one gift of God
that death cannot destroy
Should you go first and I remain,
one thing I’d have you do;
walk slowly down that long, lone path,
for soon I’ll follow you,
I’ll want to know each step you take
that I may walk the same,
for some day down that lonely road
you’ll hear me call your name.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.