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William J. Hennis

March 29, 1949 — April 9, 2023

Byron, Illinois

William J. Hennis

Byron, IL – William J. “Bill” Hennis, age 74, died Sunday, April 9, 2023 at Generations at Neighbor’s in Byron, IL surrounded by family.  He was born March 29, 1949 in Hiawatha, Kansas the son of Benard and Ora “Pat” (Brownlee) Hennis.  Bill married Deana Summers on May 23, 1996 in Oregon, IL.  He previously owned and operated grocery stores, including Bill’s IGA in Byron, IL.  He also previously managed Quality Book in Oregon, IL.  The most important part of Bill’s life was his family.  He was proud and supportive of his wife, children and grandchildren.  He was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox Fan.  He enjoyed bowling and playing golf.  Bill also enjoyed his hamburgers, Bush light, and apple pie made by his favorite daughter in law Kristin.  Bill ran an annual golf league for over 30 years.  He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Patsey Clemetson; and 4 brothers:  Kenneth, Frank, Ronnie, and Roger Hennis.  He is survived by his loving wife Deana; 4 children: Vickie Taylor (Fiancé Chad Holbrook) of Mendota; Nichole Taylor of Rockford; Alan (Kristin) Taylor of Byron; and Charlene.  5 grandchildren: Lee, Paige, Austin, Brandon, and Courtney and many nieces and nephews.  No services are scheduled at this time.  A memorial fund is established in Bill’s name and may be directed to his family. 

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