Benjamin A. Kauffman, 92, of Union, MI, died on Thursday, May 3, at his residence.
He was born on February 5, 1926 in Middlebury, to Aden and Katie (Troyer)
Kauffman. On August 14, 1949 in Middlebury, he married Gertrude Miller, she
survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are two daughters, Debra Murphy of
Elkhart, Dee (Richard) Shirley of Middlebury; son, Dennis (Doreen) Kauffman of
Bristol; four granddaughters, Chrisi (Todd) Cornell, Stephanie (Michael) Marsh,
Rachel (Bernard) Cunningham, Katelyn Shirley; 10 great grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kari Kauffman; two brothers,
Sam and Fritz Kauffman; three sisters, Ruby Kauffman, Nona Miller, and Maggie
LeCount. He was a member of First Mennonite Church in Middlebury and a World
War II Army veteran. He retired from Kroger in 1988 as a meat cutter. He also worked
27 years as a grounds keeper at Elcona Country Club. He enjoyed wood carving.
Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday, May 7 at Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on
Tuesday, May 8 at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Burial will be in Grace Lawn
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My sincerest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Benjamin Kauffman. I have
known many members of his family for many many years, and my heart breaks for
them as they mourn the loss of their Husband, Father, Grandfather, friend. May Love
and Light and cherished memories of him surround you all as we all say goodbye.
Love, Bill and Cheryl Hobbins
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So sad to hear about Bens death. Always loved his sense of humor. I will be gone
all next week, so unable to attend his calling or funeral. Please accept my sympathy
and thoughts as you say goodbye to a wonderful person.
From: Sara VonGunten
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Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember him and the rest of the Kauffman family
when they lived in Nappanee. Rest In Peace.
From: Chuck Mitschelen
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We would like to offer our condolences to Gert and the Kauffman family. We have
been neighbors for 20 years. Ben was a great guy. We enjoyed his sense of humor
and quick wit. I remember him telling me that he had been married longer than I had
been alive! That's practically everyone on the street! He would stop on his walks
with Rosie (the dog) and take a break in our garage when we were out there
working and offer up his 2 cents. Loved it. Someone on the street is going to have
to take over the "animal control" service he provided. Lol. Ben and Gert would
always wave as they drove by on their way to dinner or on the way home.
Sometimes they would stop and comment about what we were doing or just a
comment about the weather.I then would see them stop a little further down and
stop to talk to someone else, wonder how long it took them to get home sometimes,
everyone liked to talk to Ben and Gert. Our yearly neighborhood party is surely
going to miss him. Friendly and such a gentle spirit. God Bless You Ben.
From: Tom, Diana, and Jennie Lykowski
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I waited on him when I worked at Farmers Inn Rest. He was such a nice person. May
God Bless you all.
From: Jackie Clay