Kevin M. VanPelt, 66, of Yorkville, IL passed away surrounded by his girls on June 12, 2023 in Naperville, IL after a battle with cancer.
He was born the youngest of nine in Aurora, IL on December 4, 1956 to parents, Ralph and Jane (Barry) VanPelt. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1975 and later married his high school sweetheart, Nancy (Kremer) on October 15, 1977. They remained happily married for 46 years.
He was a self-employed electrical panel manufacturer for 38 years and supplied control panels to Simpson Technologies for much of that time. Kevin was a proud father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially out by their pool, and with their many beloved dogs over the years. Kevin was a respected member of the slot car racing community for the past 25 years and, prior to that, had been racing 1/8 scale gas-powered RC cars for about 20 years. He met many amazing and lifelong friends at the tracks. Over the years, Kevin became increasingly involved in the construction of several homes, starting with his own family home in Yorkville, the construction of his mother-in-law’s home across town with friends and family, and later, the construction of a speculative house in the River’s Edge subdivision. Friends and family will almost certainly remember him as generous, kind, and ever the jokester.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughters, Andrea (Joshua) Hinkemeyer and Amy (Jareth) Borneman; his brother Gregory (Pam) VanPelt; his grandchildren, Claire and Kaden; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws including Randall (Judene) Kremer, Linda Gross, Gary Breyne, and Frances VanPelt. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Patricia Vida, Barry VanPelt, Kathleen Haggerty, Cynthia Musgrove, Kimberle Breyne, Terry Richmond, and Richard VanPelt; and his mother- and father-in-law, Jacqueline and Jack Kremer.
The family will be holding a celebration of life in Kevin’s honor on July 16, 2023 at 1973 Meadowlark Lane in Yorkville, IL from 1-3 p.m. All friends and family are welcome to join in celebrating the wonderful memories he created.