Jaymes Buckley O’Neal – who had many places that he had called home, but most recently resided in Williamsburg, West Virginia – tragically took his life, as so many other veterans that suffer silently (and some not so silently) have done before him .
Jaymes, also known to some as “Jayme” and by most as “Jay,” was born in Bloomington, Indiana.
He left behind a beautiful family, wife of 22 years, Ayako Takada O’Neal; and six amazing children that he utterly adored, Oscar, 22, Oliver, 20, Mae, 19, Jaymes, 14, Cyrus, 10, and Theophilius, 5.
He is also survived by his parents, Michael and Peggy O’Neal; and siblings, Meghan and Jon Rogozinski, Katie O’Neal, Patrick and Erin O’Neal; and their children, Joshua and Matilda Rogozinski, Sadie, Arya and Declan O’Neal.
Jay stepped up to proudly serve our country after Sept. 11, 2001. He joined the US Air Force and served for 10 years as a crypto language analyst in the Persian languages.
Jay will be laid to rest at Springville Cemetery in La Porte County, Indiana, and buried with military honors next to his cherished grandmother, Myra Joan Deckard.
There will be a Celebration of Life on July 9, 2022, noon (ET), to be held at 3202 Suffolk Way, Bloomington, Illinois, 61704. All are welcome to celebrate Jay, his life and the legacy that he has left behind.
Published by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on Jun. 27, 2022.
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