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Joseph Herbert Kaufmann

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Kaufmann Joseph Herbert Kaufmann, 84, died peacefully on March 19, 2017. I asked "Bump" to write his obituary in the summer of 2015 so I wouldn't mess it up when the time came, and bless his heart, he did, and these are his words. I was born in Columbus, Ohio to Ann Kaufmann Price and Edward Adam Kaufmann on August 28, 1932 and was very proud of my Croatian and German heritage. I graduated from South High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. I attended college at OSU and worked at an industrial laundry company for 42 years. After a couple of encounters, I met the love of my life, Nancy Brandt Lohr and we were married for 40 years. Together, we traveled all over America, Europe, South America, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Disney World and many other trips, tours, and cruises. We went to many flea markets, and many, many auctions. Nancy made life very happy for me until she passed away on March 1, 2015, however she left me with wonderful relations, daughter, Julie Ison (Dave); grandchildren, Jared Ison(Laura), Mark Ison (Kristin), Grant Ison, and Amy Ison; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Rylan and new great-grandbaby arriving in April. I have wonderful siblings, Barbara Paul (John), John Kaufmann (Sarah), Anne Marie Lehman (Bobby) and Emma, who died as a baby. There are many special nieces and nephews and other in-laws. Bob Berta was a long time friend of mine. I was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Southgate Potter Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Shriner since 1955. "Bump" was simply THE BEST and we loved him and will deeply miss him. (He didn't tell me to write that, but it IS true!) Viewing hours will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10 a.m.-12 noon at RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME, 450 W. Olentangy Street, Powell, OH 43065. Service starting at 12 noon. Burial at Kingwood Cemetery immediately following. To send an online condolence, please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 23, 2017
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