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O’Neill, Funeral. Funeral O’Neill was created by Lee Floren (Judge Bates, Buckshot McKee) and appeared in six stories in a variety of magazines from 1943 to 1953, beginning with “Funeral O’Neill–Colt Coroner” (New Western Magazine, Sept. 1943).

Funeral O’Neill is the undertaker and embalmer for the frontier town of Boxelder. Curiously, in that role he is occasionally forced to make business for himself by killing villains. He is the de facto crime-solver for Boxelder, since the town’s sheriff is the “sincere but unimaginative” Sheriff Dunlap. O’Neill is assisted in his duties by “fat, faithful” Ringbone Smith. O’Neill is skinny, educated, clever, a good brawler and a better shot.

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