Victor Keith "Chipper" Burkinshaw


March 10, 1928 - July 30, 2015




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,




Monday, August 3, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First Reformed Church
516 West 14th Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, August 3, 2015
11:00 AM
First Reformed Church
516 West 14th Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Denton Jonason on November 15, 2015
Sorry to hear of the passing of Kieth. Kieth and myself had lot of wonderful times together at
Wood SD.
Posted by Lori Husman Crago on August 20, 2015
Cindy so sorry to hear of your dad passing, he will be missed by all in your family
Posted by Jerry & Davy Uecker on August 5, 2015
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on August 3, 2015
You have our sympathy in the death of your beloved father. May it comfort you to know he is with your Mom & the Lord.

They were a nice couple to know, we sure appreciated them as our renter all those years. God Bless Them Both.

My memories of Sharing their lives over the years, bri g you comfort & Peace.
Posted by Marcia Kindt on August 3, 2015
So sorry for your loss. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Marcia Doyle on August 3, 2015
Debbie sending prayers and condolences to you and your family.
Posted by Lorin Dobbin on August 2, 2015
Sorry to hear about your father. Had allot of great times in Winner playing basketball and baseball behind his house.
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