Dec. 3, 1927 – Jan. 24, 2015
Curtis D. O’Neill, of Lancaster, a used truck and parts dealer, died Saturday in ElderWood at Lancaster after a brief illness. He was 87.
Born and raised in Haines City, Fla., one of 11 children, he served in the Army in World War II and was stationed in Japan after the war as part of the atom bomb clean-up effort.
Returning from service, he was a beekeeper, then came to Lancaster and started several small businesses, including coin laundries and construction companies. He built several commercial buildings and two strip plazas.
In the 1960s, he began a used car dealership, U Rent & Sales on Broadway and later on Walden Avenue in Lancaster. In 1969, he established Alden Trucks Limited on Townline Road in Alden, offering used trucks, construction equipment and parts, as well as new truck bodies and trailers.
Mr. O’Neill was a longtime supporter of the Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing and visiting flea markets.
His wife of 62 years, the former Irene Huber, died in 2013.
Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Sue and Sandra Ann; and brothers and sisters in Florida.
Services will be private.