Peter Thomas O’Neill
September 17, 1995 – August 23, 2021
Survived by mother, Colleen M. Gasik (Joe); father, Steven R. O’Neill; brother, Andrew O’Neill; sister, Cauren Johnson (Ben); grandparents, Rosie and Tom Laughlin, Mary O’Neill; also survived by Jennifer Eppenbaugh; other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, August 27th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th Street. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, August 28th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.
“If you were to write down everything you know on the one subject you’re most confident about, what would it be? Mine:(Obvious for anyone who knows me) small animal care and writing essays.”
This is a glimpse of Peter’s creative tease as he encouraged others to tap into their own inner creative writing talent. He would most certainly be dissatisfied with what we have written here most likely due to its lack of creativity and humor.
His creativity showed itself as he developed and shared his love for Dungeons and Dragons scenarios. He would create a labyrinth of possible scenarios based on your decisions. Many of these wildly imaginative scenes brought laughter to the room. He loved to draw people together through these types of games. Peter organized and orchestrated it all for the pure delight of expressing his creativity and sharing his joy with others. He could also entice you with his love for trivia or dazzle you with his latest cooking creation. Peter may even swing you around the living room floor and dance to “Rockin’ Robin”. His theatrical and goof ball nature was a source of great joy and laughter.
Peter had a love for languages, especially Japanese. He was able to travel to Japan and get a taste of their culture which further fueled his love for the language and the ancient samurai culture. Peter would love to get you hooked on anime (a genre of Japanese cartoons with action packed adventures, off beat comedies, and inspirational stories).
He also loved the outdoors and survival challenges. Peter had hoped to one day live off the land in a remote area like the Swiss Family Robinson Movie which was his favorite. He even began to write a story about miniature toys that came to life and went on adventures. Peter was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, camping, archery, and enjoying nature as it presented itself to him. He loved creatures big and small, furry or reptilian, those with 2, 4, 6, or 8 legs or no legs at all. Peter loved creatures that lived in the water, on land, in homes, in trees, and underground to name a few. He was most recently in the middle of building an ant farm in his back yard in order to study them. His constant companion was Chloe, his grey feline friend.
Peter graduated from Elkhorn High School and was 1 credit away from getting his BS in Business Management from Bellevue University. He loved his job at PetSmart and all the good people who supported him, especially his family and the love of his life, Jen. Peter Thomas O’Neill will be remembered for his goof ball good nature, his creativity, and his big heart.