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Kevin Thomas Sunderland

March 4, 1954 November 10, 2019
Kevin Thomas Sunderland
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Obituary for Kevin Thomas Sunderland

Kevin Thomas Sunderland, 65, of Lake Wales, Florida passed away peacefully with his four
children by his side on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Kevin was born in Peoria, Illinois on March 4, 1954, son of the late Thomas Jerome Sunderland and Mary Jo (Murrin) Sunderland who still survives. His loving wife, Tamie
(Kielmeyer) Sunderland also preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother Mary Jo Nelson of Peoria, his four children, Kevin Sunderland Jr., Kellie Sunderland, Rachel Sunderland, Thomas (Brittany) Sunderland and his mother-in-law Beverly Kielmeyer who all reside in Florida. He is also survived by his brothers Steven (Mary) Sunderland of LaGrange, IL, Thomas (Judy) Sunderland of Glendora, CA, and his sisters Colleen (Chuck) Hubert of Peoria, IL, Maureen (Robert) Grubbs of Western Springs, IL and Teresa (George) Girardi of Fort Collins, CO as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Kevin was an outstanding athlete during his younger years. He played football and basketball and received recognition as the first ever Father Zindler Athlete of the Year Award while attending Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan. After moving back to Peoria, Kevin graduated from Manual High School and studied at Lake Superior State College.

Kevin was a Division Sales Manager for Lorillard Corporation in Portland, Maine. He was respected and admired by his company for his outstanding commitment. Kevin retired in 2012 and moved to Florida.

Kevin loved the outdoors and was very proud of his 56 acre home in Otisfield, Maine where he and his family lived for over 30 years. He was a craftsman who built 2 barns and fenced his entire property by himself to support the livestock he loved to take care of. Being an outdoor enthusiast, Kevin chopped his own firewood to prepare for the harsh Maine winters. One of Kevin’s hobbies included building an integral village for his electric train set which filled an entire room. He was also an avid fisherman and will always be remembered for his lengthy tales of the “big one that got away”.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Wright and Salmon Mortuary, with a one hour prior visitation. Fr. Patrick Henehan will officiate and burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

16

Nov

10:00 AM 11/16/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

16

Nov

11:00 AM 11/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Diabetes Association

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