August 30, 2023

Dennis James Hilyard, 69, of Bunker Hill, Ill., died at his residence on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. He was born Sept. 30, 1953, in Litchfield, to James Roy Hilyard and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Noel Hilyard. He married Melanie Kahl on June 19, 1976, in Bunker Hill.

He was a farmer, which he loved. Dennis was also a former trucker and excellent mechanic. He loved his cars, especially his white 1964 1/2 Mustang.

He is survived by his wife, Melanie Hilyard of Bunker Hill; sons, Matt (Lori) Hilyard of Bunker Hill, Jasen (companion, Brandy Carter) Hilyard of Bunker Hill, Jake Hilyard of Bunker Hill; grandchildren, Madalynn, Masen, Jeremiah, Jalena; sister, Mary Ann (Terry) Hicks of Carlinville; and several nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and his sons, Jon Hilyard and Josh Hilyard.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 28, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Burial was at Wood Davis Cemetery in Woodburn.

Memorials are suggested to Woodburn Bible Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at http://www.kravanyafuneral.com.

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