Edwin Kaufman, Sioux FallsEdwin R. Kaufman, 94, Sioux Falls, formerly of Mitchell, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Golden Living Covington Heights, Sioux Falls.
Edwin R. Kaufman, 94, Sioux Falls, formerly of Mitchell, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Golden Living Covington Heights, Sioux Falls.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1918.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Will Funeral Chapel, Mitchell. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Delmont.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral Saturday.
Edwin R. Kaufman, the son of Frank and Emma (Schwartz) Kaufman, was born in Freeman.
At the age of 3, he moved with his family to a farm near Delmont, and attended country school and graduated from Delmont High School in 1939.
After high school, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed in Dallas, Texas, and Scott Field in Illinois. where he graduated from radio communications school in 1942.
He then served 28 months as a radio operator in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, where he received a Certificate of Commendable Service. He also received a Good Conduct Medal and a Bronze Star during his service.
Ed was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945.
As a member of the VFW, Ed was recognized in 2009 for his efforts to preserve the rights and entitlements earned by America’s veterans.
Ed graduated from Southern State Normal School in Springfield in 1941 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell in 1949.
He received his teaching certification in 1954 and a master of science in education from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, in 1955.
He went on to teaching in Minnesota and 33 years of service at the Granada Huntley Public School in Granada, Minn.
During his time as a teacher, he also used his photography skills to produce the annual yearbook for many years. He retired from teaching in June 1983 and moved back to Mitchell.
Ed was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. He enjoyed travel, bowling and photography. As a member of the Mitchell Camera Club, his photos frequently won in competition and were published in The Mitchell Daily Republic newspaper.
Ed enjoyed visiting his brothers and sisters and spending time with his many nieces and nephews over the years. His smile, the twinkle in his eye and his great sense of humor and whimsy will be missed by his family and his many friends.
He is survived by one sister-in-law, Elsie Kaufman, Sioux Falls; and his many nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.