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.