Jack Beringer O’Neal passed from his earthly home at 3:10 am on April 21st 2022. He was a caring husband, father, papa, brother, and friend.
Jack was born April 10th 1951 in Shawnee, OK to Maxine and Bill O’Neal. Spending the majority of his life in Tecumseh, OK, Jack attended Barnard Elementary, Tecumseh Jr. High, Tecumseh High School, and Seminole Junior College.
He served in the Air Force Reserves from 1969 to 1974.
Jack married his high school sweetheart, Gena, in Mena, AR on August 14th 1990.
Throughout his life Jack most loved spending time visiting and drinking coffee with his children, grandchildren, and friends. He enjoyed, fishing, watching shows and old classics and western movies, reading crime novels, and taking road trips.
Jack was preceeded in death by his mother and father Maxine and Bill O’Neal, Sister Joan Moles, Aunt and Uncle Bob and Trelma O’Neal, Aunt and Uncle Rose and Walt O’Neal, and Uncle Wendall O’Neal.
He is Survived by his wife Gena O’Neal of Pink, OK.
Brother and wife, Gary and Jackie O’Neal of BelAire, KS.
Son, Chad and his children Rand O’Neal and Kori O’Neal of Bethel Acres, OK.
Son, Scott and wife Christy O’Neal and their children Malorie Gilbert and Grant O’Neal, Malorie’s daughter, Avery Lowe of Tulsa,OK.
Daughter, Angela Sowder and her children Tiffany Clemence, Savanna Clemence, and Summer Sowder of Earlsboro, OK.
Son, Jeromy and wife Sandy Sowder and their children Alex and wife Maci Hickman, Kyle Sowder of Pink, OK.
Daughter and husband, Jessica and Chance Carner and their children Jacklyn Carson, Lillian Carner and Vivianne Carner of Silverdale, WA.
Visitation will be 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2022 with family gathering from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to greet friends and family at Cooper Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh. Please join the celebration of Jack's life through Cooper Funeral Home’s Facebook page for live streaming of the service.
All who wish to come celebrate and remember the life of Jack are encouraged to wear casual clothing. Jeans, boots and overalls are encouraged, suits are unwelcome.
Beginning sometime prior to 2015, Jack knew he was not well however, the cause was not diagnosed until 2016. It began as myeloma, mutating to myeloid leukemia with several subsequent mutations. In July of 2018 Jack underwent a bone marrow transplant. The transplant was successful for about 4 months, after which another mutation occurred. He was put on a newly released targeted drug and it put the leukemia into remission for about 2 years. After that time, once again, the leukemia mutated. He was given more chemotherapy with moderate success. He was accepted into a clnical trial in April at MD Anderson and was hopeful for the future. Throughout the seven years of treatments Jack received many donor platelets to help his body fight. He fell April 17th. The fall caused a subdural hematoma from which he even with donor platelets, couldn’t fight. His long and valient struggle ended. We are at peace knowing he is finally able to rest.
Over the last seven years the many nurses, doctors, and staff at OU Medical Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, and his transplant team provided excellent care above and beyond what was required of them. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to them and the supurb care Jack received.
During the course of his treatment, Jack received many infusions at the blood infusion clinic, O’Donaghue Bldg. at OU. Our upmost graititude is extended to the nurses in the clinic for their personable, dedicated and compassionate care over the years.
To the Oklahoma Blood Institute and their many generous blood donors who provided a plethora of blood products for Jack over the course of his struggle with leukimia, we are so thankful for each and every unnamed person who donated the products he received. Without the infuesd blood products he would not have been able to fight for so long.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor and remember Jack, should donate to the following medical services he used. Designated donation to: Bone Marrow Transplant through OU Health – https://giving.ouhealth.com/give/333866/#!/donation/checkout or Designated Donation to: Research through Stevenson Cancer Center – https://giving.oufoundation.org/onlinegivingweb/giving/onlinegiving/cancerinst
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