Keith Fredrich Lillich

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 a valedictorian in 1963 and graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1968.

While at KU, Keith met Jo Ann (Bedford) and their friendship turned into marriage at Danforth Chapel on the KU campus on June 9, 1968. After their marriage he worked as an engineer before that the allure of western Kansas and family farm life be discovered. the couple returned in 1972 to Goodland, KS. Keith helped his stepfather with farming / ranching south of Goodland in what was called Shalom Valley in 1980. In 1980 they were lucky enough to have a son,

Colter and in 1982 another blessing, a daughter, Carol. Keith was an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and enjoyed the choir, council and youth club, especially the summer for the youth of 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 to work as a case manager at The Resource Exchange where he worked. retired in 2012.

His parents, his sister Carolyn Lillich and his brother Eugene Lillich, predeceased Keith in death.

Survived by his beloved wife Jo Ann of Colorado Springs, his children Colter Lillich of Colorado Springs, Carol (Noah) Zepelin, Centennial, CO, and his granddaughter Talia Zepelin, his older brother, Gerald Lillich of Colorado Springs and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on January 10, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. MT at Koons-Russell Funeral Home with the interment of Keith’s ashes in Goodland Cemetery.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be attributed to Colorado Parkinson’s Foundation Inc, Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Goodland, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak area, and Sky Ranch Youth Camp. These can be left at services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.

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Services were entrusted to Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Goodland.

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