Keith Phillips - Lincoln KS
5/27/1954 - 12/16/2010
Keith Martin Phillips, 56, born in Wichita, KS, and current resident of Lincoln, KS, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Keith was a caring and dedicated son, brother, husband, dad and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Jyll; sons Josh Frieze (Chrissy) and Shawn Bell (Rachell); daughters Nikki Sells (Jeff) and Kelsey Rawson (Eron); mother Beverly Robinson; brothers Bill (Jeanine) and Ted (Dana); sister Christine Whitehead (John); and four grandchildren.
Visitation - Monday, December 20 at Halls Funeral Home with family present from 5-7 P.M.
Services - Tuesday, December 21 at Lincoln United Methodist Church.
A memorial has been established with Solomon Valley Hospice, 111 West Court, Beloit, Kan. 67420.
An avid athlete, Keith played basketball, football, baseball and golf. He spent years as a Little League baseball coach, and cared for his players as if they were his sons. He didn't just teach them the fundamentals of the game, but how to work hard, become leaders and be consistent team players. Keith met his wife, Jyll, when he was just 15 years old. They reconnected years later and married in 1998. It was Jyll who cared for Keith in the last months of his life as he battled cancer. A true athlete and competitor, Keith fought to the end.
Keith loved children, especially his grandkids. His eyes lit up every time he saw them or heard their names. He also loved dogs, having four of his own. His four-legged babies, he called them.
Keith loved karaoke and was light on his feet as he two-stepped with his wife. He even did a little shuffle dance when he entered a room.
After moving to Lincoln, Keith became an Emergency Medical Dispatcher, and loved being able to help people, especially the community that had provided his wife and him with such love and support over the years.
Keith's smile always lit up a room and his sense of humor seemed to ease tension and overcome the sadness. His humor remained with him until the end.
To the world, Keith was just one person, but to his family, he was the world.
"Be careful out there and watch out for heavy traffic."