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John Howard Kauffman "Jack" SANDGATE, VT John Howard Kauffman, 94, passed away on June 29, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., growing up on the family farm with his six brothers and sisters. A graduate of Penn State, with a degree in Engineering, Jack spent most of his working life in commercial and industrial sales in New England. During World War II, Captain Kauffman flew a P40 in the North Africa campaign, completing 84 missions. Following his military service, Jack married Dorothy Francis Quinn and raised four children in Connecticut. Jack was very athletic, especially enjoying running, skiing and tennis. His love of the outdoors led to four trips to Africa where he could experience animals in their natural habitat. A highlight of one of his trips was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at age 70. Many trips to Vermont visiting his brother Sanford led Jack to his purchase of a camp in Sandgate. There he met Jean Eisenhart, his partner of 21 years. During this time, they shared their love of farming and becoming a part of the Sandgate community. He was predeceased by his siblings: Frances Hicks, Sanford Bogert Kauffman, William Kauffman Jr, Maurice Kauffman, Marjory Smith, and Edwin Everett Kauffman. He is survived by his children: Victoria of Portland, Ore., Lindsley of Torrington, Conn., John Scott of Mt Joy, Pa., and Kim of Eugene, Ore., and four grandchildren, Morgan and Alison Harrington and Hali and Marlee Colligan. A memorial service will be held at the Sandgate Methodist Church on Monday, July 2 at 10 a.m. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on July 2, 2012
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