Alvin D. Kauffman
October 19, 1921 -- September 19, 2016
Alvin D. Kauffman, 94, of Goshen, formerly of Middlebury, passed away
peacefully surrounded by his family at 6:42 pm, on Monday, September 19,
at IU Health Goshen Hospital. He was born on October 19, 1921, in West
Branch, MI, to David J. and Katie (Jantzi) Kauffman. As a young adult he
moved with his family to Middlebury. On June 2, 1946 in Middlebury he
married Mary Zehr; she died March 19, 2015. Surviving are her children,
Verda (Dale) Beachey of Fort Myers, FL, Rich (Bonnie) Kauffman of White
Pigeon, MI, Kathy (Paul) Culp and Mary Ann (John) Lechlitner both of
Middlebury, Joy (Scott) Graber of Goshen, Joyce (Vernon) Themm of
Middlebury, Jan Plummer and Penny (Jeff) Bradford both of Middlebury; 14
grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; sister, Adeline (Sam) Graber of
Middlebury. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four sisters,
Fannie Eash, Barbara Frey, Mamie Riegsecker and Maudie Graber, four
brothers, Henry, David, Lewis and Floyd Kauffman, two granddaughters,
Heather Beachey-Hayes and Janelle Craven. Alvin served in Civilian Peace
Service working with special needs adults in Harrisburg, PA. He farmed for
many years as well as worked in various RV Plants. He discontinued farming
and was a custodian at Northridge High School. After his retirement he
enjoyed fishing with family and friends and took fishing excursions to
Canada. He enjoyed wood working and refinishing furniture. His love for
working with plants and flowers was evident by the beautiful blooms that
welcomed persons to their home. He enjoyed watching and listening to the
birds outside his window and kept the feeders well supplied. He was a Detroit
Tigers fan and enjoyed attending games with family. His love for his family
was evident by the welcoming hugs and love he extended to them whenever
he was with them. He worked part time at Steel-Masters for his son-in-law up
until the age of 85. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm,
Friday September 23, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street
Middlebury. Memorial services will be at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 24,
at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor
Kent Miller. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials
may be given to Middlebury's Boys & Girls Club or the Middlebury Food
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Seldom have I encountered a gentleman to whom God gave such a rare
combination of firm convictions and compassion. In the short time that I
knew Alvin, he always treated me with love and respect, almost as a son.
Our conversations were filled with joy, and we hung on each others words.
Although he will be missed by his family and friends, I rejoice in the
knowledge that he modeled the definition of a life well lived, and he is now
experiencing the beginnings of his eternal life with our Savior!
From: Conley K. McMullen
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Thinking of your family at this time. Wonderful man. Sending prayers for
From: Patti Miller
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Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father.
From: Vicki Myers
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We lost a very great man that will be greatly missed our thoughts and
prayers are with the family
From: Roger& Rebecca Plaster
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Our prayers are with you at this time. Alvin lived a long life and will be
remembered. Enjoyed waiting on both your mom and dad at the bank.
From: John and Sara Baker
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Sorry we're not able to give our condolences in person. Your father was a
very special man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Wilbur & Evelyn Yoder
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Rich & Bonnie Kauffman,
Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: Ken & Wanda Weirich
Dad’s last sunset. (1 hour after passing) The good Lord knew he was getting another fisherman.