Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Paul Wilson, 68, of Swansea, IL, born October 27, 1955, passed away at home on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, after a great life.

 Kevin was raised in Fairview Heights, IL, and is very proud of and loved his hometown. Kevin was a 1973 graduate of Belleville East High School and played football for the Lancers. His teammates nicknamed him Kevin “Perfect” Wilson for his success as a placekicker. He also played offensive guard and middle linebacker at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

After college, Kevin moved home to work with his best friend and father, Perry, at Scott-Banzai Homes.  Eventually, Kevin took over the family business, where he worked for 50 years.  He became lifelong friends with many of his customers and all of those in the mobile home business.  Kevin loved his career and found immense pride in helping people build their dream home.

Kevin had many hobbies that ranged from hunting and spending time at his clubhouse to listening to 1970’s Rock and Roll and fixing up his two Porsche 914’s. Kevin loved coaching, especially baseball at St. Teresa Catholic School, where he led them three times to the Diocesan championships.  He never missed a sporting event and enjoyed many scouting campouts and adventures.  His true joys were spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Kevin will be remembered for his awesome sense of humor, his kind demeanor, incredible work ethic, ability to fix absolutely anything, and most importantly, his love for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and June Wilson; his father-in-law, Paul Riley; and a brother-in-law, Larry Herrin.

Kevin is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kathleen Riley Wilson; five children, Corey Paul Wilson (Caitlin Allen) of Montclair, NJ, Kara (Mike) Smith of Goshen, KY; Kyle Perry Wilson of Chicago, IL,  Jacob Kevin Wilson and John Paul Wilson both of Fairview Heights, IL; six grandchildren, Taylor, Avett, and Grace Smith, and Jack, Kelley, and Patrick Wilson; three brothers, Gary (Becky) Wilson, Bob (Karen) Wilson, and Mark (Yen) Wilson; a sister, Carolyn Herrin; his mother-in-law, Jennie Riley; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim (Heather) Riley, Mary (Tony) Lynn, Tom Riley, and John (Kristy) Riley.

In lieu of flowers, please consider doing a random act of kindness. Kevin would also want you to enjoy the simple things in life; walking in the woods, listening to good music, or enjoying a root beer float. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Joseph Oganda and Fr. James Deiters concelebrating.

Private burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL, at a later date.

 

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28 Comments on Kevin Wilson

Lorrie Maggard said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2024 at 1:14 PM

Ms Kathleen and family,I am so sorry for this terrible loss. Kevin will be remembered for so many wonderful things. His kind heart and warm smile ,and sense of humor will always be remembered by our family.

  • Edwardsville
  • Il
Warren and Cindy Stieg said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2024 at 1:26 PM

Our sincere sympathy in your time of sorrow. We got to know Kevin when he put in our new house. He stopped by some after that, and we remember him as a kind and friendly man.

  • Okawville
  • Illinois
Warren & Cindy said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2024 at 12:36 PM

Prayed for Kevin every day since hearing of his illness. Always found him to be a pleasant person in our dealings on, our house, possibly one of the last he sold. You have our sympathy.

  • Okawville
  • IL
Russ Huegen said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2024 at 8:26 PM

So sorry for your loss. Didn't expect this so soon. My thoughts and prayers are with your family

  • ALBERS
  • IL
Jim and Cathy Harding said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2024 at 5:29 PM

Our prayers go out to the Wilson family. Kevin was always a pleasant person to be around and had a great sense of humor. I'll always remember the times hanging around with Mark and Kevin and his friends in HS. He will be missed.

  • Glen Carbon
  • IL
Robley and Wendy said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2024 at 5:18 PM

We were blessed to know Kevin. He was one of the good guys in life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Love you.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Lynn Gass said : Guest Report Apr 01, 2024 at 8:56 AM

My heart goes out to the family. Kevin was a great guy who loved life, family and friends. God rest his soul, comfort His family and grant them peace knowing he is at peace.❤️🙏😂

  • Eddyville
  • Illinois
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report Mar 31, 2024 at 6:51 AM

My condolences and sympathies go out to the Wilson family. Kevin and I played high school football together. We both stayed in the area and our paths crossed occasionally after high school. We attended football reunions in the following years as well as our 50th high school reunion where Kevin told me of his illness. R.I.P. my friend.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Karen and Mike Koeneman said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2024 at 6:55 PM

Prayers for all of you. You are wonderful neighbors and special people. Planning on root beer floats this week.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Gloria and Joe said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2024 at 12:44 PM

Kathleen we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Debbie Lippert said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2024 at 11:16 AM

I am so sorry for your loss! My condolences to the family.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Debbie Lippert said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2024 at 11:16 AM

I am so sorry for your loss! My condolences to the family.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Tara and Randy said : Guest Report Mar 30, 2024 at 4:48 AM

So many prayers for you Kathleen and kids. We had so many good times with you both raising our children. May your memories and faith give you comfort.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Bev Frein said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 10:11 PM

Prayers and comfort for you all during this time of sorrow. May God grant you comfort, peace and compassion.

  • St. Charles
  • MO
Monica Buckley said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 7:54 PM

RIP Kevin! Can’t believe you’ve left everyone! Greatly missed barely covers it!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💖✝️💖🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Ellisville
  • MO
Toni Stewart said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 9:36 AM

Dearest Wilson family. I cannot say enough of how very sorry l am for the loss of Kevin. I knew him for so many years since l was 15. Kevin was an exceptionally kind man and friend. I will forever remember him.

  • Wilmington
  • North Carolina
Bob & Susan Stewart said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 9:21 AM

We have nothing but great thoughts of Kevin. He was such a wonderful person. May God be with Kathy and the family during this time and their future without him. God bless you Kevin and rest in oeace.

  • Herrin
  • IL
Michael A. Varady said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 9:19 AM

Kevin was such a special person. He was so kind to everyone that came into contact with him. Always an upbeat and nice guy. My sympathy to the family and all of his many friends. He will indeed be missed.

  • Maryland Heights
  • Mo
Clay Bunch said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 8:48 AM

So sorry for your families loss. A great guy that will be missed by many. I enjoyed talking about hunting and family with him. He was very proud of his family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Sara Schildknecht said : Guest Report Mar 29, 2024 at 8:42 AM

Kathleen, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
Rickey lugge said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 10:19 PM

So sorry for your loss our boys play ball together great many so for you loss

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim White said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 6:38 PM

My condolences to your family. Kevin called me prior to our high school reunion. He had heard that I would not be able to attend and wanted to reach out to tell me of his illness and rekindle our long-time distant friendship. He sent me pictures of us playing football in high school. His call meant so much to me, I will remember Kevin from our sports day together what a great guy, Mr. Perfect rest in peace. Please if I can ever be of assistance, please reach out.

  • West Chester
  • Pennsylvania
Mike Kosydor said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 6:31 PM

So sorry to hear...Kevin and his brother Mark were good friends growing up through high school. Peace be with Kevin and his family.

  • Oxford
  • MS
Jenny Fox said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 5:24 PM

I'm so very sorry for your loss Kathy...may God be with you and give you strength

  • Pacific
  • Mo
Michael and Christina Kadlec said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 4:56 PM

So very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Fort Knox
  • Kentucky
Wyatt Parker said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Mr. Wilson will truly be missed. I still remember walking up to baseball practice and being greeted with “Hey Wyatt, what do you say?” He always brightened the day and was a joy for anyone to be around. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jacob and JP and wish my deepest condolences in this difficult time. RIP

  • Swansea
  • IL
MaryLee and Jeff Culver said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 12:50 PM

Kathleen and family, we're so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time.

  • Riverview
  • FL
Susan & Mike Little said : Guest Report Mar 28, 2024 at 12:13 PM

Our hearts go out to your family. We miss you all and miss our wonderful neighbors. May God's peace be with you.

  • Conroe
  • Texas

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