John H. O'Neill, 75, passed away Sept. 7, 2008. John was born August 22, 1933, in Marshall, Okla. In 1951, he graduated from La Junta High School and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired as a machinist from the C.F.&I. Tube Mill in 1982, after 30 years of service. John was active in the LaJunta Boy Scouts' Koshare Indians Navajo Tribe. He enjoyed hanging out with the guys at Rainbow Motors. Survived by his sister, Sarah (James) Howell; brother, James O'Neill; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, John Paul and Genevieve O'Neill; and sisters, Mary Cecelia Denbo and Catherine Ann Horton. There will be no viewing. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at St. Mary Church, 307 E. Mesa, with the Reverend Father Ben Bacino as celebrant. Those who desire may make memorials to charity of donors choice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I have known John from high school and have shared some of the growing up that we had in La Junta, Colorado
    I remember one night we were in Rocky Ford and as boys will be boys We took a water melon off a truck just being ornery,and ate it! Our lives parted as John went off to the Army and later I did the same,
    but as life has a funny way of keeping people together, we both took jobs at CF&I but I only worked there for 12 years and did not see John much through life untill just last year when Bob Eberhart and I visited him at his home in Pueblo. It was nice talking about all the things that went on throughout our lives, and now I will miss another of my friends as John’s journey is over.

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