Donald L. “Don” Kaufman
September 28, 1916 ‒ June 03, 2003
MANSFIELD: Donald L. “Don” Kaufman, 86, of Hillside Circle, Mansfield, died Tuesday morning June 3, 2003.
Now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Don’s passing in The Good Shepherd Home in Ashland followed a long illness.
He was born September 28, 1916 in Knox County to Marcus and Amelia Meyers Kaufman, and attended Lucas Schools.
An area resident most of his life, Don served with the 89th Infantry Division, nicknamed The Rolling W, of the US Army in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns of the European Theater of WWII.
For 33 years, he had worked as a plumber with Union Local #42 in Norwalk, and retired in 1980.
Don was a charter member of Diamond Hills Baptist Church, where he had served the congregation in numerous capacities and held the title Deacon Emeritus. Don’s Christian faith was his foundation, a living example of fruits of the Holy Spirit, through his service to friends and church family.
He was also a member of Robert L. Castor Post #5101 V.F.W., Lexington, and the National Rifle Association. Though he loved playing cards and bowling, Don still loved to tinker with plumbing projects, long past his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Leona Forquer Kaufman, whom he married November 10, 1941; two daughters Donna Kaufman of Youngstown and Sharon K. Colegrove of Mansfield; grandchildren Bryan and Darla Colegrove of Berea, Kentucky and Kelly and Tim Smith of Mansfield; a great grandson Jared Colegrove; a step great grandson Austin Smith; two sisters Imogene Cutter of Columbus and Freda Grossman of Johnsville; and a dear friend Suzie Summers.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law Terry L. Colegrove and a great granddaughter Kaycee Rae Smith in 2001; and by a sister and five brothers.
Friends may call Thursday June 5, 2003 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am. The Rev. Chris Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold graveside military honors.