Kevin Pfister

El Paso - Kevin John Pfister, 37, of El Paso, Ill., passed away at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill.

He was born on March 1, 1975, in Normal, Ill., a son of Jerry and Sharon Smith Pfister.

He is survived by his parents of El Paso; two brothers, Lester J. "Jay" Pfister and David (Holly) Pfister, both of El Paso, Ill.; one sister, Maria Pfister (Alan Gunn) of Chicago, Ill.; cherished nieces and nephews, Lianna and Gabriel Pfister, Helen, Adam and Lilly Gunn; and many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester and Helen Pfister and Edward and Veronica Smith; uncles, Dr. James Smith, Walter Pfister, Jim Cassidy; and aunts, Gerri Smith Armstrong, Josephine Pfister and Marge Pfister.

Kevin attended schools in Bloomington, Normal and El Paso, Ill., graduating from EPHS in 1995. His graduation day was a great day for Kevin, though he would have been happy to stay in school for the rest of his life.

He served as manager for the EPHS boys basketball team for many years and remained a super-fan while also cheering for neighboring Fieldcrest in his later years.

Kevin loved people unconditionally and touched many lives.

He enjoyed participating in Special Persons Encounter Christ, SOAR activities, Special Olympics, Faith and Light, Prayerie Light and anything to do with church.

He traveled extensively with family members to Hawaii, Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Israel, serving Mass in each foreign country that he visited.

He loved music and he had a remarkable memory. He enjoyed planning get-togethers, especially his annual birthday parties.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Paso. Father Roger Corpus, OSB, and Father Dan Wilder will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 79 W. Third St., El Paso, IL or Homes of Hope Inc., 401 W. Pine St., Normal, IL 61761.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Oct. 5, 2012