Dennis Long

By on June 23, 2014

Dennis Long, 71, of Kaneville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to complications following surgery.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Aurora, the son of Ervin and Marjorie (Larson) Long.

Denny grew up on the family farm in Kaneville and attended local schools. He was part of the second class to graduate from Kaneland High School, in 1960.

Denny was a farmer all his life, an occupation he truly loved. Denny was also the Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner for 32 years.

Denny was united in marriage to Susan W. Long on June 22, 1968, in Hinckley. They began their new life back on the farm in Kaneville, where they welcomed three children, Sarah, Laura and Debby.

Denny was a was a life-long member of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, Township Officials of Illinois, Kane County Highway Commissioners’ Association, Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners’ Association, Loyal Order of the Moose, Aurora Lodge No. 400 and Kane County Farm Bureau.

Denny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan; three children, Sarah Long Dunlop and her two children, Allison Dunlop and Alyssa Ekstrom, Laura Rudow and Debby Long. Denny was also survived by three siblings, Rick (Peggy) Long, Pat (Dave) Sigmund and Bill (Pam) Long; one brother-in-law, Toby (Barb) Watne; along with many nieces, nephews, a large extended family and a countryside of neighbors and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Marjorie; brother-in-law, Richard Watne; and son-in-law, James Dunlop III.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Kaneville United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate his life will take place at the church on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Rev. Avani-Cosset Christian, pastor of the church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Kaneville Cemetery. For more information, contact Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or visit

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dennis’ name. Checks may be made to the “Dennis Long Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at