Kevin Graham
1978 - 2021
BORN
1978
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory
500 N 4th St
Pekin, IL
Kevin Graham
Pekin - Kevin Michael Graham, 43, of Pekin, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at his residence.
Born Feb. 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 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 Dec. 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.
His 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. 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 or to the American Heart Association.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
Published by Pekin Daily Times from Jul. 22 to Jul. 24, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jul
27
Visitation
1:00p.m.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory
500 N 4th St, Pekin, IL
Jul
27
Funeral
2:00p.m.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory
500 N 4th St, Pekin, IL
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I send my deepest condolences to Kevin's family. I worked with for a few years at UnityPoint Health. He was a great guy. Rest in Peace my friend.
Michael Cook
Work
August 2, 2021
So sorry to hear this. He is such a nice and thoughtful person. My prayers go out to his family
Becky Davis
July 26, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
July 26, 2021
To Mike and family. My deepest condolences to you in the loss of your nephew.
Kathy VanHorn
Other
July 24, 2021
So sorry such a. Nice young man perfect god bless you and family, dolores gilmore
Dolores gilmore
Friend
July 24, 2021
Kevin was an awesome young man. A devoted smile each week for his time of worship @ Pekin First United Methodist Church. I know well that he entered Heaven to open arm's of Jesus, his Mother and loving Grandmother.
Bobbi Prather
Friend
July 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. I worked with Kevin for several years. Nicest guy you could ever meet. Rest In Peace my friend. God has gained an Angel!
Dana Lyn Fauser-Hoyt
July 21, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. He will be missed by many!
Linda L Robertson
Friend
July 21, 2021
Kevin was a nice guy and a kind soul, I will miss seeing him in the gas station. He will be truly missed. May he rest peacefully. He is reunited with his Grandma again!
Tiffiany Shore
Friend
July 21, 2021
Rest in Peace my friend
Erica
Friend
July 20, 2021
Rip Kevin. You always had a smile no matter what. You will be truly missed.
Jennifer
Friend
July 20, 2021
Sending lots of thoughts and prayers .R.I.P. my friend you will be so very missed see you on the other side. IYour momma probably missed you .
Shawn
Friend
July 20, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends of Kevin. Kevin was a classmate of mine. I would cross paths with him often and I always enjoyed our conversations. He was always such a kind soul. He will be missed for sure. I am sad that I can't pay my respects due to working the day of his service. Keeping you in my prayers.
Gina Clevenger Anske
Friend
July 20, 2021
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