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Dennis L. Pilz

Obituary for Dennis L. Pilz

February 5, 1952 - November 6, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 65

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend


Dennis L. Pilz, 65, of Fox Lake, Illinois, died unexpectedly Monday evening after an aggressive fight with multiple myeloma. He is survived in life by his sister, Barb Oehler of Bloomington, IL, his sons Jason Savage (North Carolina) and Ryan Pilz (Virginia), his grandchildren, Zachary, Chase, Alexis and Mason, and his loving wife, Carol Hoffman.

Born in Chicago, Dennis signed on as a brakeman with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad's freight division in the 1970's and later qualified as a conductor transferring to the commuter lines. The railroad, the brotherhood and the commuters were his life.

Dennis had the unique ability of leaving a lasting impression upon everyone he met. Whether you were meeting Dennis for the first time or had known him for years, he always treated everyone as if they mattered most and was happiest in helping others. He loved bringing people together and sharing his life lessons, knowledge and stories along the way. Dennis' love of God, Country, family and nature were best exemplified in how he lived and loved others. His Native American heritage, his respect and admiration for the men and women of the United States Marine Corp and branches of service to include first responders, he was a mentor and companion to all, including being a friend of Bill's for over 30 years. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

During his retirement, you could find Dennis, a lifetime Cubs fan, sitting in the bleachers, traveling the country with family and his bride, "living the dream." His untimely death marks the beginning of his next journey as he transitions to the rails in the sky. He will be missed by all who were blessed in knowing him.

Tekicihila po!

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL. Service will begin at 2pm. Internment will be private.

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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