Obituary: John Kitch

John E. Kitch, 63 of Conway Springs, died Friday, March 6, 2020 at his home.
He was born June 9, 1956, in Wichita, the son of Donald Lee Kitch and Joyce Faye (Smith) Kitch. John moved several different places growing up, as his dad was involved with the construction of many grain elevators and eventually managed a ranch in Colorado, and later managed Satchel Creek Ranch near Rosalia, Kan. John briefly attended Kansas State University, and eventually graduated from Pratt Community College with his associate’s degree in agriculture. He was involved in rodeo, track and livestock judging at Pratt.
He married Sara Joan Russell on November 7, 1987, at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita. They made their home in Conway Springs their entire married life.
John worked much of his life in the aircraft industry, but had co-owned KitHawk Archery in Conway Springs and worked for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department. He also worked at Youngers and Sons and had helped with siding homes. He had most recently worked at Spirit Aero Systems in the transportation department since 2007.
John was affiliated with the First Christian Church Conway Springs. He was an active member and officer of Mistletoe Lodge #269 A.F. & A.M. Conway Springs and the Kansas Bowhunters Association.
John was preceded in death by his father on Aug. 12, 2007.
He is survived by his wife, Sara Kitch of Conway Springs; one son, John Kitch of Merriam, Kan.; one daughter, Laura Mercer and husband Dace of St. John; his mother, Joyce Kitch of Conway Springs; one brother, Jim Kitch and wife Sondra of Quinter, Kan.; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Visitation with family present will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, and memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, both at the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs with Pastor Mike Justice of the Milton Baptist Church officiating. Masonic rites will be by Mistletoe Lodge #269 A.F. and A.M., Conway Springs.
Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs, is in charge of arrangements. Online guest book and condolences are available at
Memorials have been established with the Kansas Bowhunters Association and the Conway Springs Middle School K-8 Library.