Joseph Leroy Driver, 88, Topeka: Oct. 21, 1928 – June 29, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Joseph Leroy Driver, 88, passed from this world on June 29, 2017, at Lexington Park, in Topeka, Kan. Joe was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Quenemo, Kan., to Roy and Hannah (Windett) Driver.

Joe graduated from Quenemo High School in 1946. He joined the Army in November 1951, and was honorably discharged in October 1953, after serving in the Korean Conflict.

On April 4, 1958, he was married to Barbara Lee Harryman, in Kansas City, Mo. She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2015.

For many years, Joe and Barbara lived near Quenemo, where he farmed with his brother, Jim Driver. He became a substitute mail carrier and in 1987 was transferred to Rossville, where he carried mail there until his retirement. In 2007, Joe and Barbara moved into Atria Hearthstone Retirement Center, in Topeka. Joe has lived the past year at Lexington Park Nursing Home.

Along with his farm work, Joe enjoyed sharing coffee and stories with friends at the area coffee shops. He and Barbara often provided singing and music at church and at funerals. They were members of the Quenemo United Methodist Church for many years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brothers, Bill Driver, who was killed in WWII, John Driver (Jessie), Don Driver (Dorothy), and Dick Driver.

Surviving are his brothers, Jim (Betty) Driver and Howard Driver (Jeanne); sisters, Peggy Friesen (Bob) and Veda Rogers (Bruce); sister-in-law, Ruth Driver; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona, Kan.

For memorial contributions, the family suggests to make a donation to your favorite charity in Joe’s honor. Feltner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.feltnerfuneralhome.com.


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