Keith Flower

Keith Leroy Flower, 72, of Columbus, passed away Saturday, Feb.13, 2021 at Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Cremation arrangements are being handled through Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus, with a private burial at a later date.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Friendship Friends Church, 10709 NW Lawton Road in Columbus, where he attended, and also at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 201 E. 19th Ave., in Winfield.Keith was born to Keith Melvin and Barbara (Hada) Flower on May 10, 1948 in Winfield. He was raised in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School in 1966.

Keith served in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter mechanic. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Winfield and was employed at Binney & Smith Crayola Co.

He married Janet Kimmell on July 19, 1973 at the home of his parents. Later he went to barber school and co-owned and operated The Shear Point with his brother, Clifford Flower. Later he operated a shop at his home. 

Upon retiring in 2016, he and his wife built a home at his favorite fishing spot in Columbus. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He did a lot of wood carving and loved being with his children and grandchildren. Keith was a member of the American Legion. In past years, he loved bowling, driving in demolition derbies and coaching youth baseball. He was a member of the Winfield Jaycees and the Winfield Bass Club.

Keith was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Flower, of the home; sons, Keith Aaron Flower and wife, Amy, of Winfield, and Chris Kimmell and wife, Rhonda, of Belle Plaine; three grandchildren, David Kimmell, of Topeka, Mason Flower and wife, Avery, of Winfield, and Kinnley Flower, of Winfield; brother, Clifford Flower and wife, Sharon, and Aunt Wanda Hada, of Winfield, and many nieces and nephews.

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