Cover photo for Dr. Kay "Doc" Driver's Obituary
Dr. Kay "Doc" Driver Profile Photo
1932 Dr. 2018

Dr. Kay "Doc" Driver

March 2, 1932 — July 17, 2018

Goodland, KS

Dr. Richard "Kay" Driver, 86, of Goodland Kansas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Goodland after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

Kay was born on March 2, 1932 in Great Bend, KS to Gladys & Guy Driver. He was baptized in Rush Center, KS in 1944. He graduated from La Crosse High School in 1950.  He graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS in 1954. He then enlisted in the Army in 1955, and served in the Field Artillery Division in Germany for 2 years. After returning he attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois and received his Doctor of Optometry Degree in 1960. In 1961, he & wife, Kathyrn "Jane" (Basinger) moved to Goodland where he acquired an optometry practice and continued to serve his family of patients until retiring in 2004.

Kay was accomplished at wood working, welding, and golf club repair.  He also enjoyed tending to his garden and corn patch west of town. He was an avid golfer and spent countless hours at his beloved Sugar Hills Country Club, not just golfing, but as a volunteer assisting his friends in maintaining the integrity and natural beauty of the golf course.  He was most proud of helping to establish thousands of pine trees through out the property.  Kay was a Life member of the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association, serving as president in 1975.  He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 1528, VFW, Masonic Lodge and the Goodland United Methodist Church.

Kay is survived by his wife, Beatrice of the home; his son, Kenton Driver (Stacy) of Salina, Ks, their children Bailey & Benjamin; Teresa Driver, wife of his late son Kirby & their children; Kirby Driver Jr., (Brenda), their daughter Kaylee; and Kelly Driver and her daughter Kennedy, all of Dallas Texas; his step-daughter Mary Beth Zweygardt, (Keith) and her son Kaleb Zwick all of St. Francis Kansas, his step-grandson Oskar Okeson, son to his late step-son Mark Struckhoff; and his sister Jody Horne of Bradenton Florida.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arthur "Jack" Driver, and sister Doris Ford.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dr. Kay "Doc" Driver, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Monday, July 23, 2018

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Goodland United Methodist Church

1116 Sherman Ave, Goodland, KS 67735

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 32

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree