Kevin Christopher O’Neill, beloved brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many, passed away suddenly April 29, in Gilbert, AZ. Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, May 18, 1958, he was the third son of Catherine and Timothy J. O’Neill, and second youngest of his six siblings. Kevin attended St. Gregory’s elementary school and then Brophy Prep, and dabbled in higher education by taking classes at the University of AZ, and University of San Diego. He was a party guy who loved his music. Kevin was a long-time employee of Mountain Bell (Qwest). In 1984, Kevin married Pamela Kautenburger, becoming a proud father after the birth of his only son, Brendan Patrick O’Neill in 1987.
Kevin battled a myriad of health issues in his lifetime, including surviving a brain tumor when he was just 16. He was a kind soul who took care of everyone, mowing his parent’s lawn when his dad could no longer do it, and always kept tabs on his sister, Patti. His charisma & personal magnetism kept him covered up in friends. With a demeanor that was many times cutting and sarcastic, he was like a teddy bear on the inside. He loved the yearly vacations to Mission Beach in San Diego, and camping trips to Rocky Point. He cherished special times quad-riding and 4-wheeling with friends and his son, Brendan. He was devoted to his two grandsons, Keegan and Kullen and was a big part of their early lives.
Kevin is preceded in death by his sister, Patricia O’Neill, his parents, Catherine and Timothy J. O’Neill. He is survived by his son, Brendan O’Neill and grandsons, Keegan & Kullen O’Neill of Gilbert, AZ, siblings, Brigid (John) O’Connor, Gerri O’Neill of Tucson, AZ, Jacalyn (Tim) Welch of Tucson, AZ, Michael (Linda) O’Neill, of Lakehead, CA, and Timothy (Linda) O’Neill of Sequim, WA. Kevin, the life of the party, will be missed by family, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
Arrangements are being handled by Gilbert Memorial Park, Gilbert, AZ. A celebration of Kevin’s life will be held at a later date. www.gilbertmemorialpark.com.
We had so many fun adventures over the years. Kevin will be greatly missed by all of his longtime friends and my sincere condolences to his heartbroken family.
My goodness I never met you Kevin ..but know your son and grandsons…Brendon and boys…my heartfelt love and sorrow for your life.
I worked with Kevin in Directory Assistance at Mountain Bell. I am so sorry & sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts & prayers for His Son, Grandkids & the rest of the family.
I will always remember Kevin’s infectious smile and laugh. His soul’s passage will be in my prayers in distant Germany. I wish his son, grandchildren, wife,siblings and other family members my condolences after his all too early loss. May he rest in Christ our redeemer. Brian Thomas, Brophy, ’76
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sorry for your loss.
I worked with Kevin when he worked at QWEST. He was always a joy to work with, he could alway make you laugh. He will be missed. My prays for out to his family during this difficult time.
So many memories flooding in after hearing this sad news! What a ferocious racquetball player you were playing 3X a week with Neil. Many parties, work events, and of course the limo night! Our deepest of sympathies to his family! May you Rest In Peace, Kevin.
So many laughs, crazy adventures, smart ass comments, music events, road trips and beers consumed. Great memories of things we did have come flooding back, but they always end with me laughing and remembering a kind, warm person who would always make me laugh. We did a lot and went through a lot. Condolences to all the O’Neills and other family. RIP my friend
Many good memories! Enjoyed working with him. Condolences to his family. Rest In Peace.
I first met Kevin through baseball as young boys and attended West Phoenix H.S. together. Though our lives have gone separate paths I would see him announcing sports on Fox when I was in the Phoenix area. It brought back memories of the fun we had on the baseball field and his infectious smile. Once a Thunderbird always a Thunderbird. RIP friend!