During the time of Doc Kieft's bout with pancreatic cancer Donna Buss wrote, "He is truly a person of deep character and inspiration when he can rise form personal incredible pain/suffering and share jokes and good times with those around him." Doc wanted people to remember him as joyful and full of life, so he withdrew himself from others, so he could "save us something for posterity". Doc passed away on September 16, 2009.
Buss, Donna. Email Regarding Doc Kieft's Condition. 04 September 2009. http://library.monmouthcollege.edu/content.php?pid=316809&sid=3422984
Richard L. "Doc" Kieft. Funeral Program. Tumbull Funeral Home, Monmouth, IL. 2009. http://library.monmouthcollege.edu/content.php?pid=316809&sid=3422984