Graeme "Ben" Kaufman - 86
12/17/1930 - 8/4/2017
Ben Kaufman, 86, passed away in New Castle, Colorado, on June 16, 2017. A former Oregon, Illinois resident, Ben was born in Mendota, Illinois, son of Vesta Edgecomb and Elmer Kaufman. He married Dolores “Dolly” Kaufman on September 2, 1951. He spent his childhood in Mendota, Polo and Oregon, Illinois. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1948 and attended business school in Rockford, Illinois. He was employed by the Kroger Company for 24 years. Ben was a Korean War veteran, a member of the VFW and Masons, and was a volunteer fireman for many years. He lived in Oregon for 40 years before moving to New Castle in 1993. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Dolly, sister Jane Warner and brother Jim Kaufman. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Greg Wood, his grandsons, Robert and Kyle, and many other relatives and friends who will miss him.
A Celebration of Ben’s life was held at the Black Dog Saloon in New Castle, Colorado, on June 25, 2017.
Visitation in Oregon, Illinois, will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:00–11:00 a.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., then burial with military honors at Riverview Cemetery. A gathering at the Oregon VFW, 1310 W. Washington Street, will follow.
Memorial donations in Ben’s name may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1901 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, or to a charity of your choice.
9-11AM Saturday August 26 in Oregon FH
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