He was born on June 10, 1937, in Anderson, Ind., to Leland A. and Geneva M. (Ellis) Kaufman. He attended North Webster High School, was a United States Navy Veteran. He was married on June 10, 1961, at the North Webster Church of God to Sharon Ann Losee who survives.
He was formerly employed at Coachman in Middlebury, Ind., and Elkhart, Ind., for 10 years and prior to that, he worked for Levernier Custom Crest Car Productions, Inc in Syracuse. He moved to Goshen 15 years ago from Syracuse. He formerly was a member and attended the Church of the Brethren in Syracuse.
He is survived by his wife; his son: Tim Kaufman, Shipshewana, Ind.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister: Norma Moser, Syracuse; and two brothers: Jim (Patricia) Kaufman, Syracuse; and Billy Kaufman of Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son: Terry Kaufman; his brother; Leland Kaufman Jr.; and three sisters: Bertha Gentry, Dora Krieg and Helen Fite.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the funeral home with Pastor Brad Cox of the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel officiating. Military services will follow the funeral at the funeral home by the American Legion Post 253 in North Webster, Ind. Private family burial will take place in the Syracuse Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Robert Kaufman Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567.