February 12, 2020
R. Leroy Kauffman, 82 of Belleville, passed away Feb. 12, 2020, at Valley View Haven.
He is preceded in death by his father, Stephen J. Kauffman; mother Lydia (Glick) Kauffman; sister Betty Kauffman; a brother Samuel Kauffman and a brother-in-law Marvin Kennel.
He is survived by his wife Joanne E. (Peachey) Kauffman whom he married on Dec. 6, 1958.
He is also survived by his children, daughters; Jayne L. Kanagy and her husband Marvin of Reedsville; Jill L. Metzler and husband Alan also of Reedsville; sons, Roderick N. Kauffman and wife Gloria of Reedsville and Chadwick L. Kauffman of Reedsville. Sisters Lydia M. Kennel of Eureka, IL and Lavina Herr and husband Enos of Newport, Pa.
He also has 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Leroy graduated in 1955 from Belleville Mennonite School. He was a retired dairy farmer. He took pride in his registered Holsteins, and being a dairy man. He enjoyed being a part of a special group of dairy farmers.
He was an avid Penn State football and basketball fan and L.A. Dodgers baseball fan. He enjoyed hunting, family get-togethers, which always included making homemade ice cream and drinking peanut butter milkshakes. He and his wife loved to travel and took their grandchildren on special trips.
He was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, the BMS School board, the board at Valley View Haven and the Mifflin County Holstein Association Board.
His memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 16 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church with Pastors, Alan Kauffman and Jonathan Yoder officiating. His family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Sunday. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at Locust Grove Mennonite Cemetery.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Gator Wilderness Camp School, 44930 Farabee Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33982 or to Belleville Mennonite School, 4105 Front Mountain Rd, Belleville, Pa 17004.
Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Inc, 3813 West Main Street, Belleville, Pa 17004.
His family would like to say a special thanks to the six women who cared for him at home and to the staff on Memory Lane and the 400 Wing at Valley View Haven.