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“THE POP MAN,” Chris Dimitt, lost his fierce battle with colon cancer March 10, 2018, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO after a year of fighting intensely. He was only 57.

Born on August 21, 1960, he was the youngest child of Melvin and Mary Elizabeth Dimitt. His dad died six months prior to his birth, when he was 10 his mom remarried Rev. Roger Thomas. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, oldest brother David Dimitt, and two older sisters Sherry Dimitt and Mary Lane Keeling.

He is survived by: His beloved wife Cora for whom he waited his entire life for and wanted to spend the rest of it with, his youngest son James, of whom he was incredibly proud and would do anything for, and his cat Mushroom for whom he bought that first bag of food, all of the home. His oldest son Nathan Blevins (Erin) and two grandsons, Brooks and Beau of Bel Air, whom he recently reconnected with and wanted nothing more than to give his love and make up for lost time. Sisters: Lee Ann Shook of Ulysses, Terra Dimitt of Hoisington. Brother: Roger Dimitt of Hutchinson. Stepsister: Norma Overmiller of Smith Center, and Stepbrother: David Thomas of Wichita, all of whom he had frequent contact with even if it was just banter.

Nieces: Kim Shook, Cindy Garroutte, Rebecca Moore and Jessica Keeling; Nephews: Matt Shook, Kevin Shook, Isaac Dimitt and Justin Toner. While he didn’t have as frequent contact, he tried to keep up with all the life details even if it was just through Facebook. Great nieces, great nephews and cousins numbering many who he also tried to keep in contact with or at least follow on Facebook. His special “Boo” Kyleigh who brought him great joy with her phone calls and frequent cards and pictures and last but not least, his many friends because he knew no strangers!

He graduated high school in Garden City, KS where he had grown up and made life-long friends and then worked several labor intensive jobs as an independent contractor laying fiber optic cable and doing vinyl siding and windows. He toured with the band JYNX doing lights and sound and he also partnered with a longtime friend Paul (who preceded him in death) in an antiques business and vigorously collected soda memorabilia tirelessly from the time he was eight years old. He loved the French language and wanted desperately to go to France someday. Some of his ashes will be scattered there so he can have his wish. He was very family oriented and enjoyed the history and photos and old letters that his Grandparents had sent from England and France. He also was very proud of the artwork his family did and had several pieces of his mother’s, brother David’s, and sister Lee Ann’s on display in the home. He loved to take photos of his soda collection, the moon, his flowers and friends and family, sometimes to the point of sneaking them when someone wasn’t looking! BBQ was his second passion and he had 3 grills and 2 smokers in both gas and charcoal that he loved to smoke meat, cheese and fish for his family and friends. He was an incredible giver of himself and fiercely loyal to those he loved. His love of music was wide and varied and it was always playing, loudly, when he was home. He will be forever missed and to quote the Beatles “In my life, I loved you more.”

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life service will be held at the Rice Park Community Building in Hutchinson, KS on August 18, 2018 from 5-10 p.m. It will be a come and go potluck with BBQ, friends and family to honor the man we all loved. Interment will be at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City on August 21, 2018 so that he can rest in peace near his family in the town he loved. If you wish to make a financial contribution you can do so to Sarah Cannon Cancer Center or St. Luke’s Hospice House, both in Kansas City, MO, in his name so that those that can not afford treatment may have financial assistance.