Daryl E. Kauffman
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Kauffman, Daryl E. 7/26/2020 Grand Rapids Daryl Eugene Kauffman, age 70, of Grand Rapids, MI, entered into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was a member of Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, MI. His servant's heart was a beautiful gift like no other and he continually sought out those in need. Daryl was a shining example of the good Samaritan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, Ledger and Jeanne Kauffman; and brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Debi Kauffman. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Carla Kauffman; children, Kelli (Vic) Branstetter, and Angela (Bill) Curtis; grandchildren, Callie Mae Curtis, and Jed Timothy Curtis; brother, Larry (Margie) Kauffman; aunts, nieces, and nephews. Private interment will take place in Goshen, IN and a Celebration of Life service in Grand Rapids, Michigan, both to be determined at a later date.


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Jul. 30 to Aug. 2, 2020.
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August 8, 2020
I knew Daryl as a friend of my brother. Have heard countless stories of the two of them. Every time I would see him he was ever so grand with a warm personally. Am truly sorry to know of his passing. Donna Russell Valentine, Dacula, GA
Donna Valentine
Acquaintance
August 6, 2020
Carla, and the kids (whom I don't know very well), you have my sincerest sympathies and prayers. God won't give us more than we can handle, and just enough grace to get you through. Daryl was the kindest, sincerest, comforting spirit in just the right time. He showed that to our family when we lost Sue. Heaven will never be the same with Daryl there!!!! All our love and prayers.....
Doug Stelma.....and family
Douglas Stelma
Friend
August 3, 2020
Carla, Kellie, and Angie was shocked and so sorry to hear of Daryls passing. Dick had said he had talked to him a few weeks ago, Daryl had told Dick about buying a motorcycle. We will always remember Daryl for such a loving and kind man. Heart of gold. You have a guardian angel watching over you now. Love Dick and Susie Mouser
Dick & Susie Mouser
Friend
August 3, 2020
Kate Oom
August 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. When I think of Daryl U remember the youth pastor who could make the stories of the Bible come alive.
Cynthia Uzzel
Friend
August 2, 2020
Alan Roush
August 1, 2020
Al Roush
Friend
August 1, 2020
Linda Nusbaum
Friend
July 31, 2020
Daryl was my cousin Carla's husband. He also officiated my Daughter Alaina's wedding in 2009. Daryl was a wonderful husband and father and a strong Christian. He loved the Lord, his wife, and his family and wasn't shy about letting you know it. Daryl was a great story teller. He could always put a smile on your face with a whimsical anecdote to make his point. Our hearts go out to Carla and other members of Daryl's family that are grieving his passing. At the same time we rejoice in the fact that Daryl is now with his Lord and Savior and other family members that preceded him in death.
Greg Johns
Family
July 31, 2020
I knew Daryl almost 50 years ago and he was a lot of fun , caring, and had awonderful love for the Lord. We have been distant friends all these years and whenever we did see each other again, we always gave hugs to each other. He will be greatly missed by many, including me; although now with me living in GA, I didn't anticipate seeing either him or Carla again this side of the world. But I know we will see each other again in Heaven!! I will be praying especially for Carla as I lost my husband two years ago. I understand.
Martha Cox Stringfield
Friend
July 31, 2020
Daryl really touched my heart. He comforted my mom just a year ago before she passed and spoke at her memorial. Not only was he caring but also very funny. He has checked in with me throughout this past year. I am so very very sorry. He will be missed by many
Julie Peckham
Friend
July 31, 2020
Dear Carla and family,
Though we had lost touch lately I will never forget your kindness, and the times that Daryl dedicated to me as a friend and as a mentor. You are in our prayers. Jon Whitman - Italy
Jonathan Whitman
Friend
July 30, 2020
I’m so saddened by the loss of Daryl. What a giving and unselfish man. He was gifted in so many ways, but in my opinion, he was his best at showing love, concern and care of others around him. Always one to kindly be inquisitive, and genuinely and with the best of intentions to live out his Christian faith.

Well done, Daryl. I feel very privileged to have known you and been the beneficiary of your spiritual giftedness. I pray for Carla and the rest of the family. May you find a way that fits you in how you somehow find your footing in such a loss as this.

Carla, take it one moment at a time. Go at your own pace and find your own way to walk the journey through the valley. Each loss is so personal and unique to the one dealing with this very personal and deep loss of the one with whom you made a life. It will take your unique way in walking through your days of grief.

Know the very God who watches out for us on this side is the very one watching out for Daryl on his side. He’s the one commonality bridging both sides and He’s the one that will make all things right when we’re all joined together again in a place without pain, death and separation. A place where we will forever be free and whole, to never again experiences the cares of this life but to know only an eternity of love and joy forever.
James Edwin Jones
Friend
July 30, 2020
Daryl was that loving servant to us, as Pastor, and as a precious friend. God took him too soon for his loved ones. But God blesses him with a sudden exit from earth and entrance to Glory! To Carla, Kelli and Angie, and your families, our hearts bleed with yours as you realize the lack of his presence in your lives. Graciously, you have splendid memories of your husband, dad and grandad. He made us laugh so much!!!

Heaven Rules,
Marlin and Marilyn Habecker
Marlin & Marilyn Habecker
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