Dale Kauffman

Died: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018

Private Committal

No Public Viewing

Private Cremation

Celebration of Life

6:00 PM Sat., Jan. 27, 2018
Location: Mexico Community Building

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     On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Dale Henry Kauffman, Sr., 87 of Gilltown, answered the call to a reunion of a life time by slipping from our hands and into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, surrounded by his loved ones.

     Born on March 20, 1930, in Mexico, Pa., he was a son of the late Ralph and Sarah (Gill) Kauffman.

     On June 2,1951, he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Jane (Horning) Kauffman, who survives. Together they were blessed with 66 years of marriage.

     In addition to his wife, Dale is survived by four children, Cathy Jane Eaton and husband, John, of Texas Hollow,  Dale Henry Kauffman, Jr. and wife, Darice, of West Virginia, Larry Allen Kauffman, Sr. and wife, Cheryl, of Mexico and Vickie Ann Swartwood and husband, Carl "Ed", of Honey Grove; fourteen grandchildren, Matthew Kauffman, Daniel Kauffman, Dale "Chip" Kauffman III, Darcie Gurkha, Alex Eaton, Lida Turk, Jennifer Kauffman, Stacey Leach, Larry Kauffman Jr., Eddie Swartwood, Andy Swartwood, Michael Kauffman, Diana Kauffman, and Alex Kauffman, 30 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marion Swailes, and one brother, Howard "Duck" Kauffman.

     Preceding him in death were two brothers, Ralph and James, two sisters, Mary McKee and Genette Summers and an infant sister, Charlotta Kauffman. 

     Dale attended schools in Juniata County.

     Early in life, Dale was a carpenter by trade, then employed by Selinsgrove State School, and retired from Empire Kosher.

     He was a member of the Full Gospel Mission Church, Mexico, where he loved to play his mandolin and will be sorely missed by many. In addition to his love for string music, Dale was an avid wood carver, with many pieces of his work in all parts of the United States. He was an artist of sorts, writing and illustrating many antics from his own life, as well as drawing maps of local places of "how they used to look”.

     He loved fishing and hunting and any day that ended with a walk in the  woods was considered a great day.  It was even a better day when a grandchild was by his side.

     The family has entrusted Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S.Third St., Mifflintown, with his care. Per Dale’s request there will be no viewing. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

     A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6 p.m. on January 27 at Mexico Community Building.

     In lieu of flowers, we’d ask that maybe you take a walk in the woods and hug your family members a little tighter. Dale would have loved that.

     Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1375 Martin St., Ste. 206, State College, PA 16803.

     Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.



Charitable donations may be made in Dale's memory to the following organization:

American Cancer Society
1375 Martin St., Ste. 206, State College, PA 16803

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James Plank
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
On behalf of my family and all of us at Beavertown Church (Cathy’s church) we send our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt prayers. May God comfort in this time.

Jeanne Wagner
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
Uncle Dale was so talented. From painting, writing and woodcarving, to singing and playing the guitar, mandolin and banjo, to name a few, he could do it all and do it well.
Although I had not seen him for a while, I will always remember how kind he was. He always had a way of greeting you and making you feel important. We will miss him, no doubt about it. But we know too that he is in Heaven with him mom and dad and brothers and sisters, singing and praising our God.

Patrick Buckley
   Posted Sun January 07, 2018
I just wanted to say on behalf of myself it was a pleasure having met Dale and his wonderful family before his passing. As an RN it truely meant a lot how loving and kind your family was. I know he is in a better place now; I hope Elizabeth is surrounded by family. I'll never forget her hug. My condolences to your entire family.