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John Zook Kauffman Jr.

June 17, 1946 - November 22, 2023

John Zook Kauffman Jr., 77, of El Ray Street, Allensville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, at his home. He was born on June 17, 1946, in Belleville, a son of John Z. Kauffman Sr. and Lena (Kurtz) Kauffman who preceded him in death.

On Oct. 24, 1967, he married Ella Mae (Hostetler) Kauffman. Ms. Kauffman survives at their home.

He is survived by his children, John Z. Kauffman III and his spouse Schrell (Groff); Maria (Kauffman) Groff; Kenneth Kauffman and his companion Alana Shissler; David Kauffman and his spouse Bobbi Jo (Palko); Kelvin Kauffman and spouse Mary Beth (Zook); Karen (Kauffman) Hooper and spouse Samuel; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Kauffman of Mayfield, Ky.; two sisters, Julia (Kauffman) Miller of Mattawana; Elsie (Kauffman) King and spouse Fred of Allensville; sister-in-law, Elsie (Hostetler) Kauffman of Belleville; and a brother-in- law, Bennie Swarey of Mill Creek.

John was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Joy; a son, Robert Lynn; a brother, Ivan Kauffman and three sisters, Bertha (Kauffman) Swarey, Mary Ruth Kauffman and Orpha Joyce Kauffman, as well as a brother-in-law, Clyde Miller and a sister-in-law Mary (King) Kauffman.

John served for two years in 1W service at Venice Hospital in Florida. He worked many different types of jobs including farming, being a salesman, masonry, and he retired from Sam’s Backhoe Service. In recent years, he made many friends as an Amish taxi driver.

He was a member of Beth-El Mennonite Church. John enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his family. He will always be known for his great sense of humor.

His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Beth-El Mennonite Church with Roy Groff, Wesley King, Keith Martin, and Foster King officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at Locust Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville, Pa. Online condolences may be offered at

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