John Ellis Hennessy, 83, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at home.
Born March 10, 1930, in Columbus, Indiana, the son of John Ancrum and Pauline Elizabeth (Spaulding) Hennessy, John married Sharon Lois Knierim on November 27, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri.
He was employed as a mechanical engineer for General Electric for 36 years. After retiring from GE, he owned Hennessy & Associates Consulting Firm. John was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, DeKalb, and Kishwaukee Flyers Club. A graduate of Bradley University with an engineering degree, John was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his daughters, Tina (Harvey) Jones of Houston, Texas, Terri (John) Talbert of Cortland and Trudy (Bill) Phillips of Genoa; and grandsons, Brian H. Roe of Lexington, Texas, and Christopher J. Talbert of Cortland.
He was preceded in death by Sharon, his loving wife of 28 years; granddaughter, Shari Jean Talbert; brother, Donald; father in 1990; and mother in 2002.
The memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, conducted by Karen Johnson, reader, and full military honors provided by a DeKalb County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Anderson Funeral Home. Burial of cremated remains will be at Sunset Memorial Park, St. Louis, Missouri. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the John E. Hennessy Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.