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James C. Kauffman

Oct 01, 2013

James C. Kauffman, 89, Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, 1101 N. Lucas Street, where the family will receive friends. A memorial service will immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. with Mr. David Schooley officiating. A private burial will be at a later time at North Hill Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Pleasant View Mennonite Church and Salvation Army or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.

Born March 24, 1924, on a Wayland farm, he was the son of Edward and Stella (Roth) Kauffman. He graduated from Wayland High School and joined the United States Navy in 1942 as a Pharmacist Mate in the medical corps. He took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and then he returned to Mt. Pleasant in 1946. He entered Iowa Wesleyan College and graduated with a degree in music and education in 1949. He married Martha Millspaugh in 1950. He later married Mary Jane Canby.

Upon graduation from IWC, he directed the municipal band in the park at Wayland for two years. He then owned and operated Mr. Jim’s Restaurant, and later, was the first manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken when it opened. The larger part of his working life was spent as an insurance investigator for Union Insurance Company.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Mt. Pleasant; three daughters, Peggy (Dick) Hootman of Roscoe, Ill., Lu Anne (Mike) Gruenke of LaCrosse, Wis., and Lori (Tom) Hughes of Estero, Fla.; two step-daughters, Susan (Joe) Morales of Mechanicsville, Va. and Valerie Canby of Peosta; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Rex Edward; and a step-son, Bill Canby.

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