|Gering Citizen Obituaries|
Alphabetical List List by Date Deceased
|Keith Thomas Richins|
July 29, 1923 – January 4, 2011
services directed by Gering Memorial Chapel
|Keith Thomas Richins, 87, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at Northfield Villa Retirement Community in Gering. A graveside service was held Jan. 8 at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering with Bishop Carl Baird of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints officiating. The Nebraska Army National Guard provided military honors.|
Memorials may be made to the Residency Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community in Scottsbluff or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Keith was born on July 29, 1923 in Echo, Utah, the youngest of five children to Thomas and Gladys (Keyes) Richins. He attended Coalville Utah High School and graduated with the class of 1940. He married Idona Belle Brown on June 25, 1946.
Keith served three years with the U.S. Army during WWII, 18 months of which was spent in the China-Burma-India Theatre of operations under the command of General George S. Patton. He was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946.
Keith worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Labor as a Monitor Advocate, retiring on Dec. 31, 1989. He also worked part-time for the Town and Country Grocery Stores in Sidney and Scottsbluff.
He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years: Idona; daughters: Melinee K. Blair of Gilbert, Ariz. and Maladonn (Ron) Schuman of Alliance; grandsons and their families: Michael C. (ShaLyne) Blair, Ashley, Keegan, Ellie, and Kimbal of Gilbert, Ariz.; Lt. Cmdr Christopher T. (Kim) Blair, Jayden, Kaitlyn, Mckenzie and Gavin of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Ryan W. (Kimberly) Schuman, Haley and Alan of Laramie, Wyo. and Brett T. Schuman of Rock Springs, Wyo.; along with many additional extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Max, Don and Lee; sister: Ann; and son-in-law: Theodore “Ted” Blair.