Thomas E. Kauffman
                                        July 10, 1934 -- December 23, 2018

Thomas E. Kauffman, 84, of Goshen, formerly of Middlebury, died at 4:35 am
on Sunday, December 23, at Courtyard of Goshen. He had been in declining
health after suffering a stroke in 1999. He was born on July 10, 1934 in
Middlebury to Cloyd and Bertha (Lehman) Kauffman. On July 24, 1955 in
Middlebury he married Elsie R. Swihart, she survives. Survivors in addition to
his wife are a daughter, Sonia (Kim) Green of Goshen; three grandchildren,
Kari (Tony) Shepard, Kyle Green, Kami (Cory) Tuell; six great-grandchildren,
Khylin, Kaeclin, Paislee, Kinslee, Brady and Savannah; a brother, Chester
Kauffman of Spring City, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents; a 5
month old daughter, Cheryl Rae Kauffman; two brothers, Don and John
Kauffman. Tom was the owner/operator of Tom's Standard Service in
Middlebury for 26 years and was very active in harness horse racing in
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. He was a member of the United States
Trotting Association. He enjoyed going to the Hilltop Restaurant in
Middlebury and loved spending time with his horses, dogs, on his tractor and
going fishing. He loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren.
 
He served as a night watchman for the town of Middlebury and was a
member of the American Legion, Post 210 in Middlebury. He was a star
basketball player for Middlebury High School where he graduated from in
1953. He was a volunteer fireman for the Middlebury Fire Department for
many years and was a US Navy veteran. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
on Sunday, December 30, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main
Street Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, December
31, at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by Pastor Terry
Gunderman. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury with military
honors conducted by the American Legion, Post 210. Memorials may be
given to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Memorial gifts to
JDRF and online condolences may be offered at
millerstewartfuneralhome.com.


                  
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I am sending this on behalf of my uncle Joel Mellinger who is a resident of
Courtyard Healthcare. I am Joel's niece. Tom was his very best friend and he
talked about him all the time even when my uncle was in the hospital last
month, he was worried about Tom. There wasn't a time that we didn't talk to
Joel or visit him and he didn't talk about Tom and how much much he liked
him. He really does miss him very much. As a matter of fact we went to visit
Joel on Christmas Eve and all he wanted to talk about was Tom. They
became very close and Joel misses him tremendously. He counted him as
his best friend. I just thought you needed to know that Tom touched my uncle
when he needed someone to be his friend and what it meant to him. Our
prayers are with you and may God help you through this.
From: Marla and Don Riendeau

                                   
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