Dennis Michael Guilkey, aged 62, passed away on April 2nd, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio, surrounded by family and friends after a battle with colon cancer. He was born March 26th, 1960 in Newport, KY to Eleanor Guilkey nee Finley and Patrick Franklin Guilkey. Dennis grew up in Newport and graduated from Newport High School in 1978. He received a degree in computer science from Northern Kentucky University in 1984. He married Nancy Guilkey nee Hayes, his wife of 36 years, on June 29th,1985 at St. Therese in Southgate, KY. He was a proud and loving father to his three sons Justin (Hayley), Jason (Elyssa) and Jerod (Dakota). Dennis supported them in all of their endeavors. Additionally, he contributed to his community as the longtime president of Woodfill Boosters; a soccer coach, administrator and referee in the Campbell North Soccer Club; a field announcer for Highlands High School Boys soccer team; and a longtime director of Skibirds Ski Club. Dennis always made time for his friends, whether it was playing in their monthly bowling league, on the golf course or as a travel companion. He made every event extra special with his sharp-witted comebacks and infectious laugh; he was always the life of the party. Dennis’ greatest joy was being a grandfather. He was beloved by his grandchildren: Ada and Bennett (Jerod and Dakota), Grayson (Jason and Elyssa), and Piper (Justin and Hayley). They will all miss their Papaw.
Dennis is survived by his wife, three sons, four grandchildren, his siblings Steve (Anita), Lisa, Jeff, Mark (Joyce), and Ginny (Mike) and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Janet Lunkenheimer. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the organization Fight Colorectal Cancer (fightcolorectalcancer.org).
A memorial service is planned for Thursday, April 7th at 10 am at St. Therese in Southgate, KY.