Allen L. Kauffman, 81, of Mifflintown, went on his journey to heaven at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at his home.
Born on July 7, 1933, in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, he was a son of the late Christian and Suvilla (Smoker) Kauffman. On Dec. 12, 1953, he married his wife, Susie L. (King) Kauffman, with whom he shared more than 60 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife he is survived by: his children, Gerald Kauffman and his wife, Doris, of Richfield, Joseph Kauffman and his wife, Beverly, of McAlisterville, Willard Kauffman and his wife, Ruth Anna, of Hanover, Marie Graybill and her husband, David, of Mifflintown, Minnie Burkholder and her husband, Jason, of Big Timber, Montana, and Caroline McMillen and her husband, Clee, of Loysville; siblings, Raymond Kauffman and his wife; Minerva, of Bird-In-Hand, sister-in-law, Freda Kauffman, of Gordonville, Lillian Beiler, of Kinzers, Verda Glick and her husband, Eli, of El Salvador, Judith Beiler and her husband, Edwin, of Middleburg, Iva Lapp and her husband, Tom, of Gap; and he leaves behind 22 grandchildren also seven great-grandchildren.
A son-in-law, Mark C. Lauver in 1986, a brother, Paul Kauffman in 2001, and a brother-in-law, Calvin Beiler in 2002 preceded him in death.
He attended the Lancaster Mennonite High School.
His former memberships included the Snyder County Fruit Growers Association and he was an active volunteer fire fighter in Lancaster County. He currently was a member of Lauvers Mennonite Church and he was involved with Transport for Christ (a ministry for truck drivers).
Earlier in life, while living in Lancaster County, he worked and lived on Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird-In-Hand. After moving to Juniata County in 1962 he owned and operated Seven Stars Orchard until 1989. Then he became a truck driver for himself and various other trucking companies until his retirement in 2003. During his retirement he drove the Amish for seven years and while doing this he got to take several trips to the West Coast.
Mr. Kauffman served from 1965 as the Ordained Minister of Lauvers Mennonite Church and during his tenure at the church he served from 1969 until 1983 as the Bishop of the Juniata County District for the Lancaster Mennonite Conference.
Allen was an avid reader, who liked to travel and enjoyed hunting. At one time he loved playing baseball and still loved to watch a good baseball game.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the Lauvers Mennonite Church, 34585 Rte. 35, Richfield with Pastor Glenn Lauver officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.
A viewing will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Lauvers Mennonite church.
Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations in Mr. Kauffman's memory may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service, c/o-Jay Finkbiner, 2444 Free Spring Church Road, McAlisterville, PA 17049.
For online tributes and condolences please visit www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.