Keith Douglas Goins

August 5, 1968 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 53)


KEITH DOUGLAS GOINS, 53, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly from heart complications on Monday, April 25, 2022. Keith was born to Lee Roy Goins, Sr. and Roselma Lou (Sliger) Goins on August 5, 1968 and graduated from Lehman Catholic High School in 1986. 

Keith is deeply missed by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 33 years, Deb (Austin) Goins; mother, Roselma Goins; three children, Ashley (Kyle) Goins Alderson, Kaleb (Makayla) Goins and Tharon Goins; three grandchildren, Ryker Joe, Sadie Marie and Greta Rose; three siblings, Lee Roy Goins, Jr., Deb (Cathcart) Fultz and Brent (Helen) Goins; mother-in-law, Gail Austin; brothers-in-law, Jamie (Barb) Austin and Darrell (Barb) Austin; sisters-in-law, Lori (Jim) Edwards and Stephanie Austin; uncle, Wes Keifer; aunt, Alice Goins; uncle, Richard (Betty) Sliger; uncle, Paul (Vivian) Goins; cousin, Melanie (Rick) Walker; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; his girls, Amyla and Zoey Cathcart; "brother" from Japan, Hiro Imura; and some of the dearest, most loyal friends-who are too many to list. 

Keith was preceded in death by his father, Lee Roy Goins, Sr.; father-in-law, Arthur "Art" Austin; grandmother, Evelyn Sliger; grandmother, Helen Goins; uncles Frank Sliger and Tom Goins; and aunt, Esther Keifer. 

Keith, or "Poppa Bear" as he was referred to by both family and friends, was larger than life. His legacy cannot be accurately summarized by words on a page. When people asked Keith what he did for a living, he would frequently respond that he was "just a stupid hole-digger." A more accurate term would be entrepreneur. Most people (but probably not his high school teachers) would describe Keith's work ethic as second to none. Keith was a co-founder and co-owner of Shelby Landscaping, where he worked side-by-side with his brothers, Brent and Lee, mother, Rose, and son, Kaleb. More recently, his favorite job title was "grandpa," or "pa-paw." 

The epitome of a family man, Keith was the "glue." He valued quality time with his family and close friends above all else. The hobbies he enjoyed with his family included watching Ohio State football and basketball, riding the highs and lows that come with being a life-long Bengals fan, planning spur of the moment vacations, winning all of the chips at the casino, pitting family members against each other on the pool table, talking about life poolside, making fireworks explode, attending concerts, testing out questionable words on the scrabble board, competing for the high score on Galaga, watching his children and grandchildren grow with his wife, bribing his children for Mountain Dew with "squeezer" hugs, chasing storms with Ashley, deep-sea fishing with Kaleb, and making sure Tharon never missed an opportunity to earn extra-credit. 

Keith was a man of action. He never ceased to show his family and friends how much he loved and cared for them. While he would never own up to them, Keith was constantly performing random acts of kindness. The "Gentle Giant" truly made the world a better place. His "unique" sense of humor kept his friends and family laughing. That, coupled with his unlimited generosity, turned acquaintances into fast friends. 

Keith had an immense impact on countless lives. Many of those lives consisted of third through sixth graders involved in the Lehman Li'l Cavs football program. Coach Goins was proud of his 379-61 (86%) win record and 13 Super Bowl Championships over the course of 20 seasons, but he was more proud of the young men his players grew up to be.
Keith always spoke about how life was too short. He was right. When wasn't he? Take the trip, throw the party, and eat the chocolate ice cream. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home in Sidney, and will be officiated by Father John Tonkin. Burial will immediately follow at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lehman High School Foundation can be made in Keith's honor at Condolences may be expressed to his family at

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April 29, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
302 S. Main Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365

Funeral Service
April 30, 2022

10:00 AM
Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
302 S. Main Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365

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