Keith Allen Stoppel, 51, of Russell, Kansas, died on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas.
Keith was born on June 22, 1968, in Russell, Kansas, the son of Janice and Melvin Stoppel. He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1986. After high school he worked as a truck driver and worked for Praytor Construction, Groendyke, Love’s and Cerv’s. He was united in marriage to Nancy M. (Dole) Poche’ on September 01, 2012 in Russell, Kansas. When Nancy became ill, he devoted his attention full time to taking care of her needs. Nancy preceded him in death on March 02, 2019, in Russell. He enjoyed collecting guns, making custom knives, tinkering and restoring tractors and heavy machines and working with his hands. Keith was a wonderful cook and enjoyed working in his garden . He canned salsa, pickles , green beans and beets. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and being with and taking care of his wife up until her death.
Surviving family include his parents Melvin and Janice Stoppel of Russell; sisters Brenda Roberts and Melissa Dreher and husband Val all of Russell and step sons Dustin and Shane Poche’ both of Russell; he is also survived by nephew Dustin Dreher, nieces, Julie Dreher, Emily Dreher, Amanda Seirer, and Abby Dreher; grandchildren, Hannah Poche’ and Chandler Poche’; brother in-law William Dole and mother in-law Dorothy Brown.
A celebration of the funeral mass will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell, Kansas with Father Daniel Scheetz officiating. Cremation has been selected by the family and inurnment of the cremains will take place immediately following the mass at the Russell City Cemetery in Russell, Kansas. Visitation will be from 9 AM to 8 PM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the mortuary, with family greeting guests from 6 PM to 8 PM Wednesday evening at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to the Keith Stoppel Memorial and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.