Donald O'Neill

Donald O'Neill


July 11, 1937 - November 24, 2022


Donald O’Neill, 85, of Fulton, SD, died Thursday, November 24, 2022, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Thursday, December 1, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. A private family graveside service will be at Graceland Cemetery in Fulton.

Donald William O’Neill was born in Fedora, SD on July 11, 1937 to William and Blanche (Orsborn) O’Neill. After his mother passed away in 1944, Don moved to Fulton, SD to live with his uncle Arnum Blumenberg. Don graduated from Fulton High School and then attended DWU majoring in History and Coaching. After college, Don was offered a job teaching in Mt Vernon, but decided his love was with farming.

On June 3, 1957, Don was united in marriage to Betty Klinger. In January of 1961, Don and Betty moved to the farm outside of Fulton, where Don lived out the rest of his life. Along with farming, Don stayed busy with other various tasks, including driving a school bus early on and planting trees for the County Extension office. Don also served on numerous boards including Fulton State Bank, Fulton Farmers Elevator, Hanson Rural Water, Hanson Farm Mutual Insurance, Graceland Association Cemetery, and Trinity Lutheran Church. Don was also a lifetime member of both the Elks and Moose clubs.

Don loved to be outdoors. He also loved going dancing with his wife Betty, riding motorcycle and later in life his Polaris or the John Deere mowers, and going on trips with the family and when seeing those locations on tv, pointing out that he had been there. Don was an avid collector of toy tractors and loved to show them off. Don was also a HAM Radio enthusiast and was thrilled to get cards from around the world of those he chatted with. He loved spending time with family and friends, and of course, sharing a drink with them.

Don is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Peggy (Dick) Denison of Sioux Falls and Phyllis (Pat) Robinson of Fulton; sons, Douglas (Carmen) O’Neill of Alexandria and Dennis O’Neill of Sioux Falls; and grandchildren: Ashley Denison; Dani Beekman; Kaitlin (Jacob) Schultz; Paul (Cassie) Robinson and daughter Gracie; David (Misty) Robinson and children Hanna and Hunter; Derrick (Emily) Robinson and children Ruthie, Graham, and Winslow; Dustin (Abbie) Robinson and children Sloane and Riggs; Brandi (Bryan) Schave and children Logan, Addison, and Alexis; Donny O'Neill; Riley O'Neill; and Keely O'Neill.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister, and two nephews.



Thursday, December 1, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Fulton Cemetery
Fulton, SD

Posted by Jeanita Erickson on December 2, 2022
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Cherlynn Moore (Richard's niece) on December 1, 2022
Peggy, Richard and family,
I offer my condolences to you at this time of sadness and loss. Even though our loved ones are gone from our sight, they will always be with us in our hearts and our memories. Cherish those memories.
Posted by Brelynn Mooney on December 1, 2022
I am sorry for your loss I'm so going to miss him in South sorry that I couldn't attend the funeral
Posted by Ruby Wharton on December 1, 2022
Sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Glenn Schaefers, Sioux Falls S.D. on December 1, 2022
So very sorry to hear about Dons' passing .
Prayers to all of his Family .
Posted by Sheila Lingenfelter on December 1, 2022
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Posted by Del Jensen on December 1, 2022
So very sorry for your loss. Condolences! Prayers for you and your family!
Posted by Laurie Huewe on December 1, 2022
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My sympathies and condolences to all.
Posted by Barbara (Papendick) Simmons on November 30, 2022
I remember your Dad from church. We saw him every Sunday. My sympathy goes to all of you. 🙏🏻
Posted by Sharon Rehorst on November 30, 2022
Sympathy to Betty and your family. God be with you.
Posted by Bryan Vinz on November 30, 2022
Mr O’Neill was one of the leaders I have looked up to my whole life.
Posted by Michael and Yvette Novak on November 30, 2022
Donald will be definitely missed. Always loved his humor. He could always put a smile on anyone's face. God bless you and your family.
Posted by Brenda Blumenberg on November 30, 2022
Our sympathies go out to our lifelong neighbors. He lived a very full life and his memory will live on through all of you. I hope the comfort of those memories will carry you through this difficult time. Prayers
Posted by STEVEN O'NEILL on November 30, 2022
Greatest sympathies
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on November 29, 2022
We send iir sympathy to Don's family. Betty will remember how we all met at Dance Lesdins with the Ueckers at our Elks Lodge, many years ago. Don also helped take care of tge Fulton cemetery and did a great job, always helpful to us at Shafer Memorials. You could meet Don anywhere and his warm personality was a favorite of ours. May he enjoy tge rewards of heaven he so deserves.
Posted by Mark McMahon on November 28, 2022
My deepest sympathy to the O'Neill family.
Donny was one of my favorite customers.
We always had a good laugh, and I made sure he had special pricing . Rest in peace my friend.
God bless your family.
Posted by Janette Adams on November 28, 2022
Wonderful man he will be missed. Always enjoyed working with him. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on November 27, 2022
Our sincere sympathies to Dons family.
Posted by Diane Schulz on November 26, 2022
Betty and family, I have so many memories of Donny, your family, and growing up in Fulton. May it comfort you to know friends are praying for you in your time of sorrow. God Bless you all.
Posted by Tammy Frost on November 25, 2022
Mr Yukon Jack, I will forever remember your quick wit, playful banter and stories from years gone by. I know heaven is gained another great one and you will be missed by many here on earth! To Donny’s family, I am sure that you have many fantastic memories of him. Bless you all!!
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