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John Kauffman

A celebration of life for John J. Kauffman, 72 of rural Iowa City will be held Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the East Union Mennonite Church with Pastor Jay Miiller officiating.  Burial will follow at the East Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, September 1 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for an IMS Scholarship Fund or Water For Life.  John Kauffman died Wednesday, August 29 at the University of Iowa Hospital from injuries suffered in an auto accident.

John Jay Kauffman was born January 3, 1940 in Iowa City, the son of Joseph N. and Wilma (Boller) Kauffman.  John was baptized in the East Union Mennonite Church in his youth and was a lifelong member, serving in a variety of capacities.  He graduated from Iowa Mennonite School and attended Hesston College.   John served in PAX in Paraguay, South America for three years as a mechanic.  On March 28, 1964 he was united in marriage to Loretta Miller at the East Union Mennonite Church.  He farmed in the area and was a dealer for Golden Harvest and Archer Oil Company, and was past part owner of Y & K Tiling and owned Kauffman Repair.  His most recent business was doing trenching and backhoe work in the community.  He enjoyed horses, traveling and spending time with his family.  John was known for his innovative ideas when it came to solving problems on the farm or other projects.  He had a "can do" attitude and always found a way to make things work.  He also spent many hours helping his girls with their 4-H projects when they were younger, and their home repair projects as adults.  On March 28, 2009 John suffered a stroke that left him dependent on care from Loretta.

Survivors include his wife Loretta of Iowa City, four daughters and spouses, Karleen (Dean) Uitermark of Story City, IA, Marina (Gene) Davis of Powell, WY, LaDonna (Steve) Abbott of Jones, OK, Jonette (Troy) Kemling of Grant, NE, 13 grandchildren, Hannah, Abigail, Samuel, Rebekah, Rodney, Desiree, Ree, Alyssa, Tyler, Ryan, Ashley, Emily and Nathan.  Also surviving is one brother, Nyle (Lauralee) Kauffman of Iowa City.

Preceding John in death were his parents.

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You all have our sympathy and are in our prayers.Dad has good memories of John, particulary when he met him at MCC when he returned from PAX. He was happy to know him at East Union also. Harold Blosser and Sonya Blosser

Harold Blosser Sep 2 2012 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy Loretta, to you, your family and to Dr. Nyle and Lauralee.Larry and RozellaHenderson, Nebraska

Larry and Rozella Sep 1 2012 12:00 AM

Loretta:We are so sorry to hear of your accident and John's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve and celebrate John's life.We plan to come to the funeral on Sunday and will talk to you at the fellowship following the funeral.May God richly bless you at this difficult time.John and Colleen Stoltzfus

John and Colleen Aug 30 2012 12:00 AM

Please accept our sympathy to your family during this sorrowful time.John's brother, Dr. Nyle and Laurelee Kaufman are friends of ours so we sympathize with them as well. We pray for God to provide peace and comfort and be extra close to you and your family at this time. Sincerely, Elroy and Carrie Bergen

Carrie/Elroy Bergen Aug 30 2012 12:00 AM