The Obit For Steve O'Neill

Stephen L. O'Neill

Published in The Seattle Times on May 8, 2011

Stephen L. O'NEILL Stephen L. "Lumpy" O'Neill, age 63, passed away peacefully at his Federal Way home on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Steve was born in San Mateo, California on May 30, 1947. After graduating from Savannah High School, he played professional baseball from 1967 to 1970, having been drafted by the Chicago White Sox.

On October 1, 1971, Stephen began his long and successful career as a police officer by joining the Buena Park Police Department. In June 1980, he joined the King County Sheriff's Office.

His final assignment was with the Federal Way Police Department, where he was able to finish his career doing what he so loved - being a Motor Officer.

Steve also honorably served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 36 years and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2007.

Steve was a lover of photography and left a legacy of beautiful pictures for his family to cherish. Also a lover of all animals, he will be missed by his cat, Smokey, but will be happy to see his dog, Hunter, again.

Steve will be remembered for his strong convictions, his intensity (especially when he told police stories), and his love and respect for his friends, neighbors, and extended police family.

He is survived by his son, Sean Patrick O'Neill; daughter Tammy Lynn O'Neill; grandchildren Samantha and Reilly O'Neill; sister Kerry O'Neill and her husband, Peter Helger; brother Barry O'Neill and his wife, Tami; and nephews Emmett and Cameron O'Neill.

Funeral Committal and Military Honors will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 10, at Northwest Church, 34800 21st Avenue SW, Federal Way. A short reception will follow. Please sign the guest book at