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Charles D. Kauffman

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Charles D. Kauffman
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Charles D. Kauffman

October 4, 2018

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 2018 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Three Rivers with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating.

Interment will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2018 at Poe Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170.                              

                              


Obituary Notice

Mr. Charles D. Kauffman, age 76, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Bronson Methodist Hospital.  Charlie was born in Three Rivers on August 21, 1942 the son of the late Kenneth R. and Mary (Boggio) Kauffman.

Charlie graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1962.  He served his country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps., during the Vietnam War.  On February 21, 1970 he married the love of his life Marcia Ann Dyer. 

Charlie and Marcia made their home in Three Rivers where Charlie was employed at Armstrong Machine Works for over thirty-three years before retiring in 2006, where he made many lasting friendships.  Charlie was a cub and boy scout leader for many years.  He was an active and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Choir member.  Charlie was very active with the Three Rivers Community Players as a set director, actor, and all around fix-it guy.

Mr. Kauffman was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his beloved wife, Marcia Kauffman; one son and daughter in law, Jeffery (Desiree) Kauffman, and their children, Tabatha, Ethen Kauffman, and John Miller; one brother, Richard (Lydia) Kauffman, and one sister, Diane Kauffman, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

                                                                                                  


Additional Information

Memorials may be donated the First Presbyterian Church (General Fund) or the American Cancer Society.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or church.    

                                                                                 

           

           


James “Jim” Lemuel Bippus of Three Rivers, 85, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Jim had recently been admitted to Borgess Hospital due to complications related to kidney dialysis. When treatments became unsuccessful he determined he would leave this world on his own terms and in his own way. He was an ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life.

Jim was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 14, 1932, the youngest child of the late James and Blanch Bippus. When he was seven, his father died and Jim and his five sisters were then raised alone by Blanch, a resilient and strong woman who devoted her life to serving in the Salvation Army.

Jim enlisted into the United States Army. During his service, he earned The National Service Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 1955.

Jim attended Ohio State University taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. During a six month internship at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne, Jim met and fell in love with Vera H. Mohre; they married in 1958. Jim became employed full time at Essex and took a transfer to Three Rivers, with Vera, and his now six children in tow.

The Essex position didn’t work out the way Jim had imagined, so he quit. After a few months of soul searching he saw the for rent sign in the closed Standard Service Station on Michigan Avenue. So Jim took the test to become a certified mechanic and passed it easily with no formal training. He and Vera opened the station and people started coming.

In 1987 he purchased what would become the Bippus Shell Station on the corner of 131 and Michigan Avenue. Many in the community came to know him for his trustworthy service in auto repair. But more than that, people admired the Bippus family: Vera at the cash register and their children pumping gas, helping to fix cars, or doing inventory on New Year’s Day. In 1997 the station was renovated and instead of offering car repair, now had a restaurant called Vera’s, another sign of Jim’s great love for his wife. Over the years Jim’s business became a cornerstone of the community: a place people met for coffee or lunch and were greeted with warmth and hospitality.

In 2012 Jim and Vera were voted Three River’s Citizens of the Year by the Lion’s Club for their many contributions to the town. Jim made doughnuts on Sunday mornings for the Immaculate Conception Church, read to children at Andrews School, mentored a young student, participated in the County Infrastructure Committee, collected turtles for the Lion’s Club Turtle Derby, and taught auto shop to adults. With his snow plow he kept the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lion’s Club parking lot plowed for free, and also routinely plowed out driveways for others.

Jim was a great lover of classical music. He enjoyed reading books by Thomas Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson. He also was a great fan of The Wall Street Journal. Jim loved to play cards and was part of a monthly poker group that met for over 30 years. He and Vera also played in a weekly bridge group for about the same number of years. Equally remarkable, Jim and Vera hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family members and anyone else that wanted to stop by. New people in town were warmly welcomed to the table.


Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.


He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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12 comments on article "Charles D. Kauffman"

Nancy J Yaney

My heart goes out to my cousins.....the Kauffman family. Although we live miles apart, as family we could not have been closer. Prayers and sympathy to all. Nancy & Richard


Travis Allers

SEMPER FIDELIS Uncle Charlie


Tony kauffman

We will miss you uncle Chuck.


Jean Wiedenbeck

My sincere sympathy MARCIA and all your dear family. I am saddened to learn of Charlie’s passing. I am praying for you all as you adjust to this sudden loss.

With love,

Jean Wiedenbeck


Lynne Binder

Charlie's laugh was infectious and he always had a smile and greeting for you when he would see you around town. My prayers of comfort are with the whole family


Brad Ayers

Keeping your family close to my heart during this time. His memory brings excitement and joy as I reminisce of the moments we shared at FPC and watching him perform with TRCP. Truly an amazing man.

Much love and peace,

Brad Ayers


John & Pat Norton

Marcia & Family; please accept our sincerest condolences and we pray the Lord gives you all the strength to get through this sad time. We are thinking of you all. We cannot make it to Michigan as travel is difficult with my inoperable leg. We will send a memorial to your church. Take care and God bless you all.


Patty Samson

So sorry to hear the news of Charlie. Thinking of you and your family, Marcia.


Judy (Gilchrist) and John Mohney, Stayton, Oregon

We are sorry to hear about Charlie. We send our prayers to you and your family. Charlie will be great missed by everyone.

Judy (Gilchrist) and John Mohney


Ruth Donovan

Marcia and family, our sincere condolences to you all during this difficult time. Prayers for you all.r


Deborah Childs

Marcia and Jeff

I am so sorry for your loss you will be in my prayers

(I worked with Jeff years ago at D&W in Three Rivers)


Phyllis Hilbert Lehman-Ward

There are no words for a loss such as Charlie, but you know us old 2nd Warders, we'll borrow words if we haven't any of our own. So let's try these..."When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight." Kahlil Gibran

Love & prayers Marcia ( take care Tabitha!) Phyllis Hilbert Lehman-Ward

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