Zachary R. O’Neill, 29, of Fall Creek, WI passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Zach was born August 1, 1987 in Denver, CO the son of Stephen O’Neill and Michelle Rowley.  He grew up in the Eau Claire area and graduated from Memorial High School in 2005.  Zach loved his family especially his daughter, Elle.  He was known as a jokester and always able to make people smile.  He was also always willing to lend a hand and help others when needed. 

Zach is survived by his daughter Elleahana and her mother Jessica Drake; parents, Michelle (Bruce) Rowley; brothers, Derek O’Neill and Dylan Rowley; grandmother, Nancy O’Neill; grandmother, Mela Ornelas; grandparents, Dick (Jan) O’Neill; as well as many more family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen O’Neill. 

Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Renew Covenant Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Jamie Staples officiating.  Vistitation will take place on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel.  Friends and family may leave condolences online at


  1. Zach will be missed and loved forever. He was a man with a big heart and was always ready with a hug or some silly comment to make one laugh. Fishing with him was always a blast. He had such a love for nature. More than anything tho, he loved Elle. He always wanted the best for her and wanted so badly to be a great daddy to her. I am saddest of all for Elle. I know that he will live on in her’s and our hearts and in the stories of his life. Elle will always have him near her. He can watch over and protect her now as her guardian angel. He’s watching over the rest of his family and friends as well….especially his brothers and his mom, whom he cared about with his whole heart. Now that he’s in heaven, he can spend time with his dad and his grandfather, both of whom he missed so much. He’s probably making them all laugh right now with his jokes and pranks. Remember always the fire and life in his heart. He’s at peace now and had finally laid good inner demons to rest. We need only remember the good and the tender times we have had with him. He wouldn’t want any of us to be sad or to dwell on the “what if” or any of the bad. He would want us all to have smiles as we remember the love he shared with us. It was a privilege to know Zach. He will be forever missed and loved by us all.

  2. O’Neill Family – I am so sorry to here of Zach. My heart breaks for you all – my your love and faith help you today and in the weeks to come. Much love, Brenda (Farnsworth) Dreyer, South Dakota

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