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Kevin D. Krigbaum

10/21/1970 - 5/17/2020

PEKIN ~ Kevin Douglas Krigbaum, 49, of Pekin, passed away at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin.

Born October 21, 1970 in Peoria to Donald Larry and Nancy Irene (Zuidema) Krigbaum, he married Melody L. Markum on June 18, 2010 on Clearwater Beach, Florida. They first met while singing Karaoke on 8/8/08 with mutual friends and it was love at first sight.

Surviving are his wife; his parents of Peoria; two daughters, Julia Rose Krigbaum of Normal and Madelyn Jude Krigbaum of Bartonville; three sons, Cole (Nicole Leeper) Metzler of Waukee, Iowa, Carson Metzler of Dallas, Texas and Zachary Janes of Pekin and one sister, Dena Suzanne (Jason Hatfield) Krigbaum of Peoria. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Sally Markum of Pekin; two brothers-in-law, Jim (Angie) Markum of Pekin and James (Isabelle) Markum of Toul, France; four nephews, Britt Markum, Blake Markum, Jessie (Melissa) Markum and Freddy Markum and a great-niece, Riley Markum

He was preceded in death by a niece, Samantha Marie Markum.

A graduate of Richwoods High School, Kevin attended Illinois Central College and was a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Lab Science. He earned his Master’s Degrees from Robert Morris University in Information Systems and Human Resource Management.

Kevin last worked for American Airlines/Envoy Air Inc. at the Peoria Airport as a ramp agent. He previously worked for State Farm and also was an adjunct professor at Robert Morris University.

Kevin was a very giving person, who liked working with the public. He had the utmost respect for his parents and had a smile that was contagious. Sunday dinner with family was also a priority. He enjoyed traveling and making memories all of the world with his wife. Their passion was cruise vacations. He loved his dog, Easton and was quite fond of his grandpup, Bryzzo. He also was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a huge fan of the Beatles.

As a selfless person, even in death, he made the gift of life through donation with Gift of Hope.

His private family service will be held at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Dr. Tim Ozment will officiate. A celebration of life gathering will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Loaves and Fish Program, 116 Northeast Perry St., Peoria, Illinois 61603.

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