Victor Keith “Chipper” Burkinshaw was born on March 10, 1928 at the family ranch NW of Wood SD, to Vernon Victor and Clemintine Burkinshaw. He graduated from Wood High School. He was drafted during the Korean War into the Armed Services and did basic training at Camp Roberts, CA. On the completion of his duties he was honorably discharged and came home to take over the ranch as his father was failing with cancer. He then met and married Eunice Gilliland on November 26, 1955. They were married for 43 years before Eunice’s early passing. They were blessed with 3 children, Roger, Debbie and Cindy. After leaving the family farm and moving to Winner, SD he worked for Brown Oil Company for many years. He later moved to manage a motel and lastly he owned and operated a Credit Bureau.
Keith was a faithful, loving, honest and hard-working husband, father and grandfather. He also encouraged his family to never lose their faith in God. Keith sang at numerous funerals, weddings, church and other events along with his beloved wife, as she sang and played the piano, accordion and organ. He was a (witty) man who loved his family and was passionate about his faith. He set examples for his family members and also for living a Godly life. One of his greatest hobbies was gardening and yard work, spending time with Eunice, his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was an active and dedicated member of the Wood American Legion for over 50 years and a member of The First Reformed Church in Mitchell. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Avera Brady for their efforts, care and dedication.
Keith is survived by his three children: his son, Roger Burkinshaw, Sturgis SD; two daughters: Debbie (Mike) Weathermon, Witten SD and Cindy (Jed) Hockett, Mitchell SD; 7 grandchildren: Jill (Ronnie) Wilgers, Josie Burkinshaw, Jude Burkinshaw, Marcie DeHaan Burkinshaw, Tyler (Amber) Hockett, Carissa (Michael) Shinstine and Cody Weathermon and 5 great-grandchildren: Carlee and Tucker Hockett, Cole and Reese Wilgers and Halle Shinstine.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, father, Vernon Burkinshaw, mother, Clemintine Burkinshaw, sisters, Lorene Johnson, Elsie Tilden, baby brother, Charles Burkinshaw and grandson, Jesse Burkinshaw,