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Keith Lillich

September 27, 1945 — December 24, 2021

Colorado Springs, CO

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.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Monday, January 10, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Koons-Russell Funeral Home

211 N Main Ave, Goodland, KS 67735

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