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Obituary of Dennis Hockney – Antioch


Dennis W. Hockney, age 81 of Antioch, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at home surrounded by his family. He was born March 25, 1943 in Cincinnati, OH, the son of the late William W. and Ruth A. (nee Merkle) Hockney.

Denny is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Linda (nee Sweitzer); their daughters, Jen Bratton (Drew) of Bloomington, IN and Becky Nelson (Mark) of Arlington Heights, IL; grandchildren Delia and Rory Bratton and Luke and Abby Nelson; his twin brother Daniel W. Hockney, and many extended family members.

He attended North College Hill High School, received his BS and MA in education from Ball State University and received his PhD in education from Indiana University.

He began his career as a teacher and subsequently held administrative positions in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio before coming to Antioch, Illinois, where he served as Superintendent at ACHS District 117 from 1995 to 2004.

In addition to his work in education, Denny was active in his community, serving on the Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals and the Village of Antioch Police Pension Board and was also a member of the Antioch Rotary Club. He and Linda were long-time parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church in Antioch.

Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Strang Funeral Home, 1055 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:00 AM. , May 24, 2024, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 557 Lake St., Antioch, IL. Burial will immediately follow in Hillside Cemetery, Antioch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Antioch Rotary Scholarship Fund, PO Box 35, Antioch IL 60002 or the Open Arms Mission Food Bank, 1548 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002 (

For more information, call 847-395-4000. Everyone is welcome to sign the online guestbook for Dennis at