Delmar Kauffman

Delmar Olaf Kauffman, 93, passed away Wednesday, May 20 at Carmel Hills Living Center, Independence, where he lived for three years.

         Del was born August 12, 1915 in Blue Island, Illinois to Kendall and Agnes (nee Ericson) Kauffman. He graduated high school in 1933 and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940-46 and saw combat in the South Pacific on Guadalcanal and Bouganville.

         He married Grace Mary Fletcher of Chicago, Illinois on May 2, 1942. They raised five children: Ruthanne Rathbun (deceased); Malcolm Kauffman of Wroxham, Norwich, England; Lynne Smith, James Kauffman and Mark Kauffman, all of Independence.

         Del was a loyal friend, a loving father and a proud patriot. In latter years his failing eyesight curtailed his weekly bridge games, but he main-tained his interest in sports. He loved baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals.

         He is survived by 13 grandchildren: Laurie Kroenke, Oak Grove; Brent Austin, Mesa, Arizona; Brad Austin, Harrisonville; Jami Gomez, Independence; Jennifer Davis, Moline, Illinois; Jeremy Kauffman, London, England; James Kauffman, Tel Aviv, Israel; Christopher Smith, Independence, Paul Smith, Kansas City; Michael Kauffman, Sarah Wischropp and Jackie Redmond, Kansas City; Justin Kauffman, Washington State; and 23 great-grandchildren.

         Internment will be May 27th, 1 P.M., at Mound Grove Cemetery where he will be reunited with the ashes of his dearest Grace to lie with him in perpetuity.          

         The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


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