Zachary Maxwell (“Zach”) McNabney died peacefully Monday, January 12 with some of many who loved him at his side. He was 45 years old. Zach is survived by his wife, Jamelynn; his daughters, Marielle and Isabelle; his parents, Jim and Barbara McNabney and Patricia Melson; his brother Matt (Rosangela) McNabney; and h…read more
Zachary Maxwell (“Zach”) McNabney died peacefully Monday, January 12 with some of many who loved him at his side. He was 45 years old. Zach is survived by his wife, Jamelynn; his daughters, Marielle and Isabelle; his parents, Jim and Barbara McNabney and Patricia Melson; his brother Matt (Rosangela) McNabney; and his half-sisters, Lyndsay (Ben) Younce and Keena (Scott) Rector.
Born January 17, 1969 to Patricia Melson, Zach was adopted as a newborn in Cincinnati by Jim and Barbara McNabney. In 2000, he reunited with his biological mother and discovered two half-sisters all living in Indianapolis. He spoke often of his good fortune in having such an extended, loving family. He especially shared with others his affection for his daughters, and awed admiration for his wife, Jamelynn, boasting of her courage and strength in committing to him despite knowing his odds were long.
He is an alumnus of Holy Cross, Central High School, Parkland Junior College and Illinois State University. Zach worked for most of the last fourteen years as a loan originator at BankChampaign, but everyone knew about Zach’s passion for golf. He was not only a successful competitor —having once led the Parkland Cobras in scoring as a player— he turned his passion to coaching the Parkland golf team to great achievements. Beyond coaching golf, Zach was at his best on the golf course. His infectious smile and hearty laugh could always be seen and heard as he encouraged everyone he played with to be better golfers, better friends and better humans.
Zach’s compassion was for, among other things, The Crisis Nursery in Urbana. He served on its board and continued as its advocate even when it was he who most needed help from others. In the last few months of his life, ever-fighting against a grim prognosis, Zach spearheaded an effort among his friends to donate to the Crisis Nursery’s “A Day at the Nursery” campaign. As a result of his commitment and the love of his friends, the Crisis Nursery was funded for operation in dedication to Zach on December 24, 2014.
Zach had an ability to accumulate friends in a way that those who knew him fully understand. His effusively positive and loyal character could not be denied, and there was genuine laughter in any gathering that included him. He fought cancer the same way he lived and died: with humor, honesty and tremendous dignity.
Visitation is on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Homes, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy, IL 61874. A Funeral Mass will be on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St., Champaign, IL 61820. Rev. David Sajdak, SDS will officiate. Burial will follow at Drummer Twp. Cemetery in Gibson City and a luncheon at Holy Cross Church. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, Zach would want donations in his name to be made to The Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801.
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