BELLEVILLE — Former St. Clair County Sheriff and Illinois Lt. Gov. David C. O’Neal, who also served in positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, has died.
O’Neal died at his Las Vegas home July 10 following an extended illness, according to an obituary on the Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services website. He was 84.
O’Neal was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Belleville. After attending McKendree College, O’Neal joined the United States Marine Corps and ultimately was honorably discharged as a corporal.
He later graduated from St Louis College of Pharmacy in 1962 and owned and operated two pharmacies in Belleville. He was elected St Clair County Sheriff in 1970 and eventually re-elected to a second term as sheriff.
In 1976, O’Neal ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and…