B "Don" Donald Kauffman

Born: Wed., Jul. 10, 1929
Died: Thu., Apr. 10, 2014

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MIFFLINTOWN - B. Donald Kauffman, 84, of Licking Creek Valley, Mifflintown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital Emergency Room. He was born July 10, 1929 in the homestead where he still resided, making him a life-long "cricker." He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beulah M. (Crozier) Kauffman, whom he married June 26, 1948; four children, Sonya Kauffman Cramer and husband, Alan, of Lititz; Randy Kauffman and wife, Cate, of Mifflintown; Kevin Kauffman and wife, Amy, of Warwick, NY; and Kurt Kauffman and wife, Sherri, of Denver, Co.; one brother, Richard Kauffman of Mechanicsburg; one sister, Esther Cramer of Mifflintown; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy L. Kauffman on Jan. 13, 1996,, his parents, David K. and Florence (Bossinger) Kauffman, five sisters and two brothers. Don graduated from Juniata Joint High School in 1946. He worked as a millwright for more than forty years and also was a farmer. He was a member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Milford Grange, Union Lodge No. 324 F&AM, Harrisburg Consistory, Perry-Juniata Shrine Club, and had been active with the Boy Scout Troop 124 Committee for more than 50 years. He enjoyed hunting and traveling and especially spending time with his family. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 8489 Licking Creek Road, Mifflintown with Rev. Chris Mathiason officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, and on Monday at the church one hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Building Fund, in care of Jane Wagner, treas., 178 Zook Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059. Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.

Friends & Family Gathering

Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Guss Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Third Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059
717-436-2149

Monday, April 14, 2014 1:00pm to 2:00pm
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
8489 Licking Creek Road
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Funeral Service

Monday, April 14, 2014 2:00pm
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
8489 Licking Creek Road
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Burial

Monday, April 14, 2014 following the service
St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery
8489 Licking Creek Road
Mifflintown, PA 17059

Flowers

Sunday, April 13, 2014 between 3:15 and 4 pm
Guss Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Third Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059
717-436-2149

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Building Fund in care of Jane Wagner, treas.
178 Zook Road
Mifflintown, PA 17059

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John McCahan
   Posted Mon April 14, 2014
I feel very fortunate that I was able to speak with Don in November and tell him what information I had discovered while in Ireland last September. It was my first visit since July 2000 when the McCahan reunion was held in the field across the road from Don's property. I wasn't too much interested in Genealogy back in 2000, but now I find it fascinating. I only hope that someday I might discover how Patrick McCahan came to North America and the circumstances that caused him and his family to settle in Licking Creek. Don gave me encouragement in my quest to discover this family history and I am just so grateful that I got to talk with him in November. John McCahan 7300 20th Street #171 Vero Beach, Fl 32966

Maureen McCahan Anderson
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
I met Don in the 1990's when my sisters and I traveled to Mifflintown to search for family history records. We were amazed to find that we had a McCahan family historian and that Don and Beaulah lived on the original homestead. They were always so warm and friendly whenever we visited or attended a reunion. Don showed us our great-grandfather's farm in Walnut and also the the location of a now overgrown mountain road on which a doctor rode a horse to save John Wesley's life after he had been run over by his father's wagon. During one visit, I walked around on Don's farm looking for a flower that might have grown from stock from our ancestors' plants. Don then dug up a cabbage rose for me that had been planted by my gggg-grandmother Jane. This rose bush will soon bloom in our front yard as it does each spring, covered with hundreds of fragrant little pink roses. We will miss Don who was a very good man. Don now lives in the presence of his Lord and Savior - and he also knows all of the true, complete history of Patrick and Jane. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.