Keith A. Chuipek (Nov 13, 1953 – April 16, 2022)
Keith Alan Chuipek passed away on April 16th, 2022, surrounded by loved ones in Tampa, Florida. He died of sudden complications from bile duct cancer and bravely battled until his last breath. He was 68.
Keith was a husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, son-in-law, and brother-in-law. Keith was born on November 13th, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Elk Grove High School in Illinois and the University of Dubuque in Iowa on a football scholarship. After working at UPS in various jobs for 20 years, he felt a strong, urgent desire to change careers. He followed his heart and found his calling and true love—helping kids. Keith became a longtime PE teacher and coach, touching the lives of countless children as a mentor and role model. He taught at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin, Illinois and coached boys’ basketball and football, and girls’ softball at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. He also coached boys’ varsity basketball at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin, guiding the team to their first conference championship in many years. While teaching and coaching, he went back to school and got his master’s degree from Aurora University.
Keith married the love of his life, Kim Lothery, in 1981. They spent the last few years of their happy 40-year union in retirement, splitting their time between Wisconsin and Florida, with side trips to Illinois to see family. Keith was a family man through and through, unselfish and always supportive. One of the great joys of his life was the simple, enduring pleasure of watching his children and grandchildren grow up and play sports. Keith was a bit of a sports nut. He faithfully followed the Chicago Bears, celebrating them and grousing about them in equal measure. He was also a fan of the White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks. One of the things he always said about Kim was how lucky he was to have found a life partner who enjoyed sports as much—if not more—as he did. And more than anything, he wanted people to remember how much he made her laugh.
Golfing and bike riding were among Keith’s dearest hobbies. He and Kim loved to travel—they cherished the time they spent in Hilton Head, his favorite place on earth. He was also an avid gardener, and boy oh boy, did he love to cook. Some of his recipes will remain secrets forever. No matter what the food, it usually paired perfectly with a Coors Light, twist off or bust. Another passion was hanging out with his best friend, his beloved Labrador, Rookie.
Keith is preceded in death by his father, Elmer Chuipek, his sister Sharon Mantis (George) and sister-in-law Jody Lothery. He is survived by his wife Kim; children Shawn Chuipek (Joann), Heather Bzdusek (John Jr.), Heidi Holthouse (Ryan), Drew Chuipek (Briana), and Taylor Aureden (Brian); and grandchildren Zoe and Dimitri Chuipek, Morgan, Jake, and Dani Bzdusek, Jaxson and Austin Holthouse, and Trent and Atticus Aureden, mother Joan Chuipek; siblings Lyn Kolbusz (Bill), Craig Chuipek (Trish), Mark Chuipek (Mary), and Carol Frederick (Brian); in-laws Cliff and Dona Lothery; brother-in-law Todd Lothery (Kay Wiles), and brother-in- law Scott Lothery (Cindy). Fond uncle to nieces, nephews, and loved by many other family and friends.
Details will follow regarding a celebration of life in Illinois, Summer 2022.