Dennis J. McCoy


AMBOY — Dennis J. McCoy, 61, of Amboy, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. 

He was born on Dec. 28, 1961 in Dixon, the son of William and Marie (Sharkey) McCoy.  On Jan. 27, 1978, he married the love of his life Cynthia Schamberger.

Dennis worked as a Local 399 Stationary Engineer for the Dixon Correctional Center and retired as Chief Engineer.  He also loved post retirement work at Jack Mabley and Dwight Development Centers. Dennis was passionate about giving back and the impact he had on the community will be felt for years to come. He was a hardworking fixer, if he saw something that needed done he did it. Dennis showed love through feeding people and loved catering. Family favorites included prime rib and biscuits and gravy. He loved hunting and the Irish Acres. He took pride in his family, and was his grandchildren’s biggest fan. He was an active member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He also served on the Lee County Board, was the Amboy Township Supervisor, part of the City of Amboy Sod Squad, supporter of Lee County Democrats, and many other organizations.

Dennis is survived by his children, Tony (Katie Wetzell) McCoy, of Morrison, Emily (Michael) O’Malley, of Amboy, and Mitch (Katrina) McCoy, of Princeton; 11 grandchildren, Dalton McCoy, Mason McCoy, Abby O’Malley, Madison O’Malley, Collin O’Malley, Myla McCoy, Makaylee McCoy, Mairyn McCoy, Maxton McCoy, Grace Wetzell, and Lily Wetzell; five brothers, Donald (Karen) McCoy, of Dixon, Leo (Jane) McCoy, of Amboy, Dean (Paula) McCoy, of Dixon, Hugh (Susan) McCoy, of Amboy, Douglas (Brenda) McCoy, of Amboy; four sisters, Eileen (Ronald) Leffelman, of Amboy, Regina McCoy, of Van Orin, Monica (Tom) Bulfer, of Amboy, Theresa (Floyd) Wilson, of Sublette; and sister in law, Sharon McCoy, of Tennessee.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at St Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy. Burial will follow at St Patrick Cemetery in Maytown. A luncheon will follow the burial at the Amboy Community Building. Visitation will be from 2 – 8 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, at the Amboy Community Building and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at St Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy. A memorial will be established. Arrangements by the Mihm Jones Funeral Home in Amboy.

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