Dean Kauffman

Dean Forden Kauffman

Friday, April 12th, 1935 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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Dean Forden Kauffman, 84, of Bellefonte, passed away at home on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Born in Runville, PA on April 12, 1935, he was the son of the late Earl and Madge (Poorman) Kauffman. On April 21, 1962, he married his beloved wife, Gloria M. (Robinson) Kauffman, who preceded him in death on December 18, 2016, after sharing 54 years of marriage together.

Dean was a 1954 graduate of Bellefonte High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1955 until being honorably discharged in 1957. During his time in the Army, he received the Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a Press Operator for Cerro Copper and Brass for over 35 years until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his two children, Tammie Burnaford (Bill) of Howard and Kathy Spicer (David) of Bush Hollow. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Mike Burnaford, Stevie Miller-Delozier, Nick Spicer and Josh Spicer; and four great grandchildren, Olivia Confer, Kayla Delozier, Bridget Delozier and Jordyn Burnaford, and a special nephew, Bob Gilligan.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Kauffman; two brothers, Earl Kauffman, Jr. and Robert “Bob” Kauffman, and two sisters, Vivian Cole and Kay Gilligan.

Dean enjoyed anything that kept him outside. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; he also enjoyed the peacefulness of just sitting outside in his yard.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Dean will be laid to rest beside his wife in Advent Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.
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    Advent Cemetery
    Boggs Township
    Boggs Township, PA
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Ernie Ebeling

Posted at 10:48pm
I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Dean Kauffman. Dean and I shared many years working together at Cerro in the Rod Mill. He was a very conscientious and valuable part of his extrusion press crew with his many years of experience. He was generous with sharing his knowledge/experience with those that asked him for it, but he wouldn't force it upon anyone. I found him to be universally respected by everyone he worked alongside, a distinction not enjoyed by many. From what I knew of both he and Gloria, their needs and wants in life were not extravagant in order to be happy, but rather the simple pleasures. Any person looking to pick someone to model their own personal values and ethics after, would be well advised to follow Dean's example.

Roe G. Cole, Jr

Posted at 07:23pm
After my father died when I was 8 years old, both Dean and his brother Bob became my role models in life. Dean taught me a great many things including how to handle a firearm, hunting and swimming as well as things he taught me by being a marvelous role model. Not to be overlooked, the first beer I ever had was from Uncle Dean. Dean helped me grow from that young, shy and lost 8 year old boy into the adventure of being a man of my own. I love him and already miss him more than I could ever express. Be in peace Dean. I know you and Gloria are together once again with the son you never had the chance to know. I see all of your family members around you. I thank you so much for your willingness to be a great friend as I progressed toward adulthood.

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