Dennis K. McElhiney, age 70, of Avon, Illinois, died at 8:40 A.M. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at his home in Avon. He was born on November 8, 1948 in Avon, the son of Clement J. “Sham” and Marjorie E. (Bivens) McElhiney. In 1966, he graduated from Avon High School. After earning his Engineering Technician Certificate from the University of Illinois, he worked as a carpenter and owned and operated McElhiney Construction, working on many homes in the Avon area. On February 15, 1983, he married Laura J. Meinhart in Abingdon, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2003. Surviving are his two children: Dexter (and Colby) McElhiney of Byron, Illinois, Samantha (and Justin Duran) McElhiney of Galesburg; his step-daughter, Michelle (and Dan) Sebastian of Brighton, Michigan; his special niece, whom he lived with: Tabitha McElhiney of Avon; his six grandchildren: Dacian, Reece, Mia, Eva, Gwen, and Emelia; and his siblings: Kathleen (and Sean) Meath of Portland, Oregon, Shannon (and Dan) Wilson of Avon, Mike McElhiney of Pensacola, Florida, Kerry (and Michelle) McElhiney of Avon, Tim (and Trish) McElhiney of East Peoria, Illinois, Darryn McElhiney of Macomb. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters: Kristine and JoEtta; and three brothers: Pat, Kelly, and Terry. Dennis was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, as well as the Pool League in Avon and the surrounding areas. Cremation rites will be accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Storm Shelter Pub in Avon starting at 3:00 P.M. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home & Crematory in Knoxville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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