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Douglas Eugene "Doug" O'Neal

March 27, 1934 ~ April 14, 2018 (age 84)


Douglas Eugene “Doug” O’Neal, 84, Hays, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Hays.

He was born March 27, 1934 in Goodland, KS the son of Herman and Luella (Rawson) O’Neal. Doug accepted the Lord as his savior at the age of 16 and has trusted Him throughout his life. He was a graduate of Edson High School and was active in the FFA while in school.  He was a member of and past board member of the Levant Community Church and attended Celebration Community Church in Hays.  He worked various jobs through the years such as grocery store clerk and produce manager, as weed director for Thomas County Weed Control for many years, and then as a longtime custodian for the Colby School District #315 until his retirement in 1996. He enjoyed traveling around Kansas, collecting postcards and other collectibles, and circle word puzzles. His grandchildren were always the light of his life and he loved seeing and spending time with them. In 2001, he moved to Hays due to health reasons, and to be closer to his children.

Survivors include a son; Paul O’Neal and Kristen (Johnson) of Stanley, ND, a daughter; Pheobe and Jeff Ferland, Hays, KS, three grandchildren; Charlie O’Neal and fiancé Ryan Peterson, Salina, KS, Thea Ferland, Hays, KS, and Jessie McLaren, Moore, OK, and two great grandchildren; Avri and Delila.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Mariam.

A celebration of Doug’s life will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Celebration Community Church, 5790 230th Ave., Hays, with Pastor Brant Rice officiating.  Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Freeland Cemetery in rural Sherman County.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until service time on Wednesday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed or to Celebration Community Church in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.  Condolences may be left for the family at

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