Frank M. Kaufmann, 86, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Quincy, the son of Robert John and Margaret Morris Kaufmann. He married Charlene Lonergan on Aug. 21, 1948, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and she survives.
Frank is also survived by 12 children, Jim (wife, Linda) Kaufmann of Springfield, Peg (husband, Reg) Coon of Winchester, Charlie (wife, Barb) Kaufmann of Jacksonville, Kathy (husband, Dave) Kording of Eau Claire, Wis., Theresa (husband, Tom) Luber of Jacksonville, Patty (husband, Lew) Hamburger of Tucson, Ariz., Karen York (husband, Joe Kunz) of Jacksonville, Frank (wife, Jamie) Kaufmann of Jacksonville, Tom (wife, Amy) Kaufmann of Jacksonville, Ann (husband, Jerry) Mullen of Wildwood, Mo., Joe (wife, Beth) Kaufmann of Jacksonville and Amy Kaufmann (special friend, Tom Zirkelbach) of Jacksonville. He is also survived by 32 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Ann Frances; two grandchildren, Brian Luber and Erin Kaufmann; and three brothers, William R. Kaufmann (surviving wife, Janet of Jacksonville), Robert Kaufmann Jr. (surviving wife, Margaret of Jacksonville) and John Kaufmann (surviving wife, Marianne of Jacksonville.)
Frank graduated from Routt High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1944-46 as a cook and baker. Following his discharge, Frank attended the University of Iowa for two years. He returned to Jacksonville and a job with his father's Peerless Bread Company. He later worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier in Jacksonville for nearly 33 years. Frank also sold and serviced Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners for almost 60 years and also had sold real estate with his brother, Bill.
Frank was a longtime member and trustee of Church of Our Saviour, where he served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, greeter and usher. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 279 in Jacksonville.
Frank was passionate about life and cherished his family and friends. He loved babies and birds, all types of music and was always rooting for the underdog. He was always smiling, was fast to make a friend and quick to get a laugh. He loved sports, particularly the Chicago Cubs, Notre Dame, Routt High School, and Iowa and Illinois. Frank had a wonderful sense of humor and his children and grandchildren will forever remember his practical jokes and antics.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. The family will meet friends Monday following a 3:45 p.m. prayer service, until 7 p.m. at the Williamson Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Morgan County Right to Life or Church of Our Saviour. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 1, 2013
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