Dennis “Denny” Vallem, 65, of Machesney Park, IL passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2020, in the presence of family. Denny was born March 16, 1955 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL.
Denny attended trade school in Rockford, IL to study tool and die. Upon completion he was a journeyman at a local shop. He went on to spend 30 years with Chrysler in increasing roles of responsibility and has spent the last several years enjoying retired life.
Denny was a lifetime member of the American Motorcyclist Association, Lombardi Club and Venetian Club. He had a love for motocross and spent a short time ice racing. Other hobbies included NASCAR, fishing and time boating on the Rock River. He was a huge Cheap Trick fan attending many concerts and collecting several memorabilia items. Late evenings were spent at Legends, Tad’s and the Lombardi Club. He also enjoyed classic television; mainly The Three Stooges, Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and the Andy Griffith Show.
Denny is survived by soulmate, Rita Zant; daughter, Shelley (Brad) Rudy; grandchildren, Aubrey and Oliver; brothers, Brad (Jeanne) Vallem, Doug (Karen) Vallem; niece, Katie (Paul) Brocato; nephews, Jim (Nichole) Vallem, Todd Vallem; aunts, Florence Bilderback, Bertha Swan; and several cousins. Preceded in death by father, Stuart Vallem; mother, Naomi Vallem; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
Memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2020 in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory - Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park with a visitation from 4:00 p.m. until time of service. Celebration of life to follow at Legends Bar and Grill in Machesney Park, IL.
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