Keith Beach

Keith Beach

Wednesday, March 10th, 1937 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Merle Keith Beach, 83, of Olathe, KS passed away Aug. 11, 2020 at Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, KS. Visitation will be held 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, KS (913) 592-2244. Private Masonic service at 1:30 p.m. and private family funeral service to follow due to COVID19. Burial at Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be left at

Keith was born March 10, 1937 in rural Emmett, KS to Merle Johnson and Frances Marie (Bernard) Beach. He grew up in Emmett, KS and graduated from Havensville High School in 1955. Keith moved to Gardner in 1963, later to Olathe then to Prairie Lake, KS for many years and back to Olathe in 2012. He served in the United States Air Force. Keith worked for Walter Yount Construction and Amino Brothers as a heavy equipment operator. He was the founder of Beach Construction which later merged with United Construction to form United Bridge. Keith later worked for the Kansas Turnpike, retiring at age 75. He married Jean Anne Hugo on January 14, 1994 in Las Vegas, NV. Keith was a member of the Bucks Grove Methodist Church, Holton, KS and Abdullah Shriners-Overland Park, KS. He loved dirt track driving and racing as well as tinkering in his garage. For five years, Keith drove children to Shriners Hospitals in St. Louis, Chicago and Atlanta. Keith was a member of Masonic Lodge 436, Overland Park, KS and a 50 year member of American Legion Post #19. He will be missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Keith is survived by his wife, Jean; his four girls: Rhonda and husband Charles Fernandez, Dodge City, KS, Lisa and husband John Reece, Louisburg, KS, Kristi and husband Don Hunt, Olathe, KS and Kelley and husband Randy McCormick, Lee’s Summit, MO; step-children: Art Black IV, Oswego, IL, Joni and husband Scott Redpath , St. Charles, IL and Lori Gall, Olathe, KS; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Alice and husband Charlie Gibbs, Woodstock, GA and Nina May Clements, North Kansas City, MO and nieces Michele Clements, Parkville, MO and Angie and husband Ken Vanderpool, Smithville, MO.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Spring Hill
    712 South Webster
    SPRING HILL, KS 66083
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    Masonic Service at 1:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 |
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020
    Bruce Funeral Home Spring Hill
    712 South Webster
    SPRING HILL, KS 66083
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    Private Family Service
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    750 W Lawrence St
    SPRING HILL, KS 66083
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Judy Kasson

Posted at 10:03pm
Jean- I am so sorry for your loss. It is a loss felt by many of us. I enjoyed the two of you so much and and had a special place in my heart for Keith. He was one of my "favorites" at Lake Ridge. He always had to time to help out on anything and always with a smile.
Although we haven't been in touch for several years I have often thought about both of you. My God help you find peace with your loss. Prayers for you and he family

Kenny Roberts

Posted at 09:22am
The first time I ever went hunting was with Keith at his dad Merle's farm in Emmet. It was the morning of the Beach reunion that was held at the farm that year. I remember him and me getting up early that morning and having cereal and juice before heading out at daylight on the Quail hunt. Although I didn't carry a gun that morning it was the beginning of a life long passion and love for guns, hunting, and shooting that is still with me today and for this he has always been a very special man to me. My condolences to Jean and all of his family.

James Cloud

Posted at 01:41pm
My deepest condolences to Keith’s family. I always enjoyed time with him when we were kids. My thoughts are with all of you. Sincerely, Jim Cloud

Nancy Falkner

Posted at 12:14pm
Kelly, Lisa, and all the Beach sisters,

Your Dad was always so much fun and always had a smile on his face. It was easy to see the pride he displayed in all of his daughters. I'm grateful for knowing your father. A great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs to you!

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Posted at 01:41pm
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