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.
Memorial Services will be held January 10, 2022, at 10:30 AM MT at Koons-Russell Funeral Home with inurnment of Keith's ashes in the Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be designated to the Colorado Parkinson's Foundation Inc, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and Sky Ranch Youth Camp. These may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.koonsfuneralhome.com.
Services have been entrusted to Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Goodland.