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Loren Keith Lumpkins 1940 - 2018
Loren Keith Lumpkins 1940 - 2018

CHASE — Loren Keith Lumpkins, 77, of Chase, passed away Aug. 29, 2018, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor, Sterling, Kan., following a courageous 2 ½ year battle with brain cancer. He was born Dec. 24, 1940 at Codell, Kan., the son of Irwin Roy and Della Benedick Lumpkins. He graduated from Plainville High School in Plainville, Kan. and attended Ft. Hays State University. He was a long time resident of Chase, formerly of Plainville and Great Bend, Kan. Keith loved his work as a self-employed oil producer. He was an avid arrowhead hunter and loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog Maggie. He married Cheryl Jones on June 1, 1962 at Ellinwood, Kan., and later divorced; then on Aug. 11, 2002 he was united in marriage with Grace Gillespie in Chase.   

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delwin Lumpkins and sister-in-law Ramona Lumpkins; sister, Royalynn Nelson; brother-in-laws, Darrel King and Johnnie Lumpkins; and a step-granddaughter, Mara Gillespie. Keith is survived by his wife, Grace of the home; two sons, Craig and wife Cathy, and  Dale and wife, Lisa, all of Wichita; step-sons Cameron Gillespie and Jimmy Gillespie, both of Chase; daughters Robin and husband Bruce Butler of Manhattan; Renee and husband Doug Stejskal of Almena, Kan.; step-daughters Melissa Bethea and Genny Gillespie both of Chase; brothers Earl and wife Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend, and sisters Kay Lumpkins of Great Bend and Ginny King of Parker, Colo.; six grandchildren and 19 step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and 20 step-great-grandchildren.   

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Chase Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Kirk officiating. Burial will be at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 31, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Birzer Funeral Home with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials can be made to Chase Baptist Church in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons. 

Funeral arrangements provided by

Birzer Funeral Home

214 West Ave S 

Lyons, KS 67554

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 30, 2018