On Saturday October 12, 2019, Kevin Scott Bingham lost his valiant 30 year battle with mental illness. While he was cared for by some incredible people, over the last thirty years there was a sharp, continuous downturn in availability and quality of care. He was repeatedly released from hospitals well before he was stable and ready to be on his own.
Kevin was born January 3, 1970 in Belleville, Michigan. He was a 1988 graduate of Saline High School and he spent the last decade of his life living in Ann Arbor.
He is survived by his paternal grandmother, Marcella Miller; his father, Barry Bingham; his mother, Peggy McDavid; and his two sisters, Kristin (Marty) Dougherty and Aimee (Chris) Bingham Osinski. He is also survived by three nephews, Brandon Pope, Gabriel Branham, and Drake Dougherty; one niece, Lydia Osinski; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Olaf and Olga McDavid; and his paternal grandfather, Tipton Bingham.
Kevin was more than the illness that robbed him of his life and robbed his family of a brother, son, and uncle. He graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Political Science. He attended The University of Minnesota’s graduate program in Social Anthropology and Wayne State University’s MBA program. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a lifelong learner and a lover of books. Kevin was also a world traveler, living in Denmark for a year, traveling to the UK several times and backpacking across Eastern Europe just after the fall of communism. He leaves behind friends all over the world.
If anything can be taken from his death it should be that people with mental illness are human, they are loved, and they deserve quality care. They should not be tossed aside and left to suffer.
In accordance with his wishes, Kevin will be cremated and the family will hold a gathering Tuesday October 22, 2019, from 10AM – 2PM at Nie Family Funeral Home; 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Kevin’s honor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Michigan, 401 S. Washington, Suite 104, Lansing, MI 48933).