Daniel Zilm II
Born: April 11, 1956 in Morris, Il
Died: August 9, 2021 in Spring Valley, IL
Daniel (Dan) T. Zilm II, 65, of Hennepin, IL, passed away on August 9, 2021, at St. Margaret's Health-Spring Valley with family by his side. Dan was diagnosed with Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) on June 30, 2021. Facing this with grace, courage, and dignity, he spent 101 days battling this implacable disease in the hospital and at home.
Dan was born on April 11, 1956 in Morris, IL, to Daniel (Ted) and Theresa Zilm, their second of 9 children. Dan's life centered around the 4 F's…Faith, Family, Friends and the Fire Service.
Raised and educated in Mazon schools, Dan graduated from M-V-K High School in 1974. He graduated with his Associate Degree in Fire Science from Joliet Junior College in 1998. Dan married his high school sweetheart, Terrie Williams, on January 4, 1975, and they had three children that they raised in Mazon.
Dan worked at Personal Products Company in Wilmington for 23 years as an electrician and as part of the fire brigade. Following the closing of the plant in 2001, Dan was employed at a number of companies that utilized his electrician and maintenance skills; working his last 5 years at St. Margaret's Health in Spring Valley.
Dan joined the Mazon Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in 1978 and the M-V-K Ambulance service as a volunteer EMT in 1983. Dan was highly involved with the Chief Shabbona organization and their Annual PowWow Fire School. He was a leading force initiating the Chief Shabbona Basic Operations Firefighter Academy in 1999 and was the graduation keynote speaker in 2012. Upon moving to Hennepin, Dan joined the Granville-Hennepin Fire Department in 2005 and was the Assistant Fire Chief at the time of his passing.
Dan parlayed his passion of safety with his favorite pastime, watching stockcar racing, by joining the safety team at both the Grundy County Speedway and the Chicagoland Speedway.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of over 46 years, their children: Craig (Missy) Zilm, Crystal Lake; Amanda (Duane) Carr, Farmington; and Heather (Dewey) Zilm Boecker, Findlay, OH; grandchildren: Madison and Parker Zilm; Cassidy and KayLynn Carr; Alex and Ian Boecker; and his dog Ellie. Dan is also survived by his mother, 7 siblings: Diane Huston (Dragan Pauljev), Denise (Duane) Hoeft, David (Julie) Zilm, Donald (Judy) Zilm, Tabitha (Jeff) Preston, Dean (Joleen) Zilm, and Dennis Zilm (Stacie Flaten), along with numerous in-laws, nephews, and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his father; brother Duane Zilm; nephew Steve Hudson; and in-laws, Bob and Ann Williams.
Preferred memorials can be donated in Dan's name to Mazon Fire Department, M-V-K Ambulance, Granville-Hennepin Fire Department and Wheeler Cemetery.
Visitation for Dan will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home. A Fire Department walk through will be held at 7:00 pm with a Bell Service to follow. Enhanced video tributes will be played during the visitation. Dan's family will Celebrate Dan's life on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 10:00am. According to Dan's wishes, his body has been cremated and inurnment will be in Wheeler Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren, members of Granville-Hennepin Fire Department, Mazon Fire Department and M-V-K Ambulance.
Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL. For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com
or contact the funeral home at 815-942-0084. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting the website.
Published by Putnam County Record from Aug. 10 to Aug. 18, 2021.