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Kevin Michael Graham

4 février 197815 juillet 2021
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PEKIN ~ Kevin Michael Graham, 43, of Pekin, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at his residence.

Born February 4, 1978 in Pekin, he was the son of Robert and Cathy Marie (Wisdom) Graham. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Harley F. and Eleanora M. (Viviano) Wisdom, and grandparents, Lloyd and Maxine Graham.

He is survived by his uncle, Michael (Debra) Wisdom of Peoria; first cousin, Andrew Wisdom of Peoria; cousins, Kay (Jerry) Paul and Jan (Brad) Simpkins, both of Pekin, and their children and grandchildren.

Kevin graduated from Pekin Community High School, where he was a member of the Pekin Notables Show Choir and National Honor Society. He was proud alumni of Bradley University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources. While at Bradley, he became a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, was inducted into the international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma, and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

During his career, Kevin worked as a credit underwriter for Bank One, benefits representative and office assistant for Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, and human resources coordinator and customer service attendant for Menards. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Throughout his life, Kevin was devoted to his grandmother, Eleanora Wisdom, who passed away on December 5, 2020. They were absolutely best friends, and it was from her that Kevin inherited his passion for talking with people. Those who knew Kevin recognized that he had a warm heart and gregarious personality, and that he was especially considerate and empathetic to the elderly.

Kevin’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Visitation will be held one hour before the funeral service. Pastors James C. McClarey and Judy Doyle will officiate. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or to the American Heart Association, 2141 West White Oaks Drive, #A, Springfield, Illinois, 62704 .

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

Services

  • Visitation

    mardi, 27 juillet , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    mardi, 27 juillet , 2021

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Andrea White

23 juillet , 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Kevin’s passing. We went to high school and were in Noteables together. He was always so nice to everyone. We didn’t really keep in touch over the years but whenever we would run into each other, he was always the same, kind Kevin.

Shari Fultz

22 juillet , 2021

This is so very sad. Kevin was so kind and genuine. I would listen to his memory's of his life and how much he loved his grandmother. May you rest in peace Kevin and walk in heaven with grandma. 🙏

Becky Hoyle

21 juillet , 2021

Mike and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Kevin's passing. I know he is with all of his loved ones and very happy now. Randy said Kevin wanted one of our dads neck ties to remember him, so he sent one, and Kevin called him to say how thrilled he was. He was very fond of our mom and dad. Now they are all reunited in Heaven. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Becky (Gobbel) Hoyle ✝️💔

Phil Reichert

21 juillet , 2021

We are so very sad to learn of Kevin's passing. We are neighbors three doors down and often visited with him and Eleanor when we walked near their house, and always saw him when he knocked on our door to have his lawnmower blade sharpened in Phil's shop. We always traded neighborhood happenings and enjoyed his company. We will miss him!! Our thoughts are with his entire family. May he truly rest in peace. Phil & Sharon Reichert

Richard Upchurch

21 juillet , 2021

Condolences go out to Kevin's family. Kevin and I have become very close friends in the past 10 years. We went and did alot together. He loved the Turkey Festival in Tremont and we would go and eat and ride carnival rides. He absolutely loved it and so did I. We had alot of good times together and I already miss him. I know he's up in heaven right now with Grandma singing all his favorite songs and dancing like he use to like to do. He will be greatly missed. Kevin buddy we love ya rest in peace! 🕊️

Jenny White (Kaszynski)

21 juillet , 2021

I have such fond memories of Kevin from high school. We went to homecoming together our sophomore year. We would often listen to Alabama’s song “Cheap Seats.” He even took me to the roast of Ray LaHood when we were in college. Kevin was one of the nicest guys I knew. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Cindy Bowers

21 juillet , 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. He was a friend of mine. We were friends early on in high school but Senior year we grew closer. Kevin’s high honor status earned him a parking spot on the top of the East Campus hill. He saved me from the dreaded shuttle bus from West Campus. We always took the long way. Laughing and listening to Dust On The Bottle. We even attended Senior prom together. Often I’d drop into his dorm room at Bradley to visit. I’ll miss you dearly. Prayers to your family.

Mary Jo Sarff

21 juillet , 2021

I am so grateful for the time that I spent with Kevin in high school and college. He was a wonderful guy and a good friend. He will certainly be missed. Prayers and healing to all of his family members.

Tracy Blanchard

21 juillet , 2021

Prayers for Kevin and the family. I always enjoyed Kevin’s pleasant demeanor and contagious smile. God rest his soul.

Robin Ogrady

20 juillet , 2021

So heartbreaking, Kevin was the sweetest guy I've ever met! He lit up the room and i enjoyed every minute I spent with him! It won't be the same not seeing him around! He will be greatly missed! My condolences to his family and friends!

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