Lonnie Gail Kauffman was born at home near Crystal Springs, Kansas, on October 25, 1934 to Dan and Kathryn (Troyer) Kauffman. He passed into his eternal home on May 18, 2020. Lonnie was blessed with one younger sister, Roberta, whom he adored. The family lived near Crystal Springs for ten years, then moved to a family farm near Guymon where he lived the remainder of his life. He went to Guymon Public Schools. His high school years, he attended at Hesston Academy in Hesston Kansas, where he met the love of his life, Rose Headrick. They were married September 3, 1955, 64 years ago. They were blessed with six children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Lonnie accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized around the age of 12. He is a member of the Perryton Mennonite Church (now New Hope Fellowship). His faith was very important to him and he blessed his family by taking them to church each Sunday. He was involved as an usher, Elder, church chair and Sunday School teacher. He loved God, family, farming, traveling, conversations, reading, animals and all varieties of music.
He loved being a farmer, working the fields and harvesting. He farmed with his Dad for over 30 years, then with his son, Arlen. Our family always looked forward to summer vacation in Colorado after the wheat harvest was finished.
Even though Lonnie had an exceptional work ethic, he always found time to enjoy his family. Raising five girls and one boy in the mix was not for the faint of heart. He also learned having five daughters and one son would have many blessings. The greatest of these were in laws, followed by grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved his family and showing everyone pictures and telling about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lonnie and Rose spent time traveling with his sister Roberta and her husband Phil. Rose and Roberta were great friends in high school, so marrying his sister's best friend made for years of wonderful memories and many laughs for both couples. Lonnie always enjoyed gospel and country music, making Branson one of his favorite spots to visit.
Lonnie never found an ice cream he didn't like. The Schwan's man knew the Kauffman house would be an easy sell and the grandchildren always knew the freezer would be stocked.
Many of his friends and neighbors can tell stories of extremely intense ping pong games on a regular basis in Lonnie's basement.
The last 8 years, Lonnie lived with Alzheimer’s. He fought it courageously and somehow always kept his ability to make us laugh. He will be greatly missed in our lives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Kathryn Kauffman, his son in law, Jay Clark and brother-in-law Phil Gallegos.
Lonnie is survived by his wife, Rose, of Guymon and children: Marlene (Robert) Henson of Guymon, Lynette (David) Janzen of Hesston, Kansas, Brenda (Paul) Christophel of Hesston, Kansas, Vicki (Shane) Fletcher of Midland, Texas, Anita (Wendell) Daniel of Guymon and Arlen (Jaime) Kauffman of Guymon. Lonnie had one sister, Roberta Gallegos of Elko, Nevada. And by his fifteen grandchildren: Jaylene Williamson, Jeff Clark, Justin Clark, Travis Janzen, Clint Janzen, Chad Janzen, Derek Christophel, Audra Christophel, Mason Fletcher, Morgan Mora, Landon Daniel, Lindsay Daniel, Tanner Daniel, Conner and Nash Kauffman.
Visitation will be Friday May 22nd, 2020 1:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday May 23rd, 2020 at Elmhurst cemetery with Odie Nunley and Bob Humphrey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guymon Home Health and Hospice 1203 North Ellison Guymon, Okalhoma or to Hesston College 301 South Main Street Hesston, Kansas 67062
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