Keith Fredrich Lillich, 76, of Colorado Springs, CO passed away on Christmas Eve, December
24, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Keith was born to Herman and Marie (Stutheit) Lillich on September 27, 1945 in Bird City, KS.
Keith graduated as valedictorian in 1963 and completed his education at University of Kansas
with a BS in Metallurgical engineering in 1968.
While at KU, Keith met Jo Ann (Bedford) and their friendship blossomed into marriage at
Danforth Chapel on the KU campus on June 9, 1968. After their marriage, he worked as an
engineer before the lure of Western Kansas and family farm life found the couple returning in
1972 to Goodland, KS. Keith helped his father-in-law with the farming/ranching south of
Goodland in what was called Shalom Valley in 1980. In 1980 they were blessed with a son,
Colter and in 1982, another blessing, a daughter, Carol. Keith was an active member at
Emmanuel Lutheran Church and enjoyed the choir, council, and Youth Club, especially in the
summer for the youth at Shalom Valley. After farming, Keith worked at Golden West Skills as a
case manager until he moved in 2000 to Colorado Springs where he continued working as a
case manager at The Resource Exchange where he retired in 2012.
Preceding Keith in death were his parents, sister Carolyn Lillich, and brother Eugene Lillich.
Surviving him is his beloved wife Jo Ann of Colorado Springs, children Colter Lillich of Colorado
Springs, Carol (Noah) Zepelin, Centennial, CO., and granddaughter Talia Zepelin, his older
brother, Gerald Lillich of Colorado Springs and many nieces and nephews.