William W. Kaufman

Died: Fri., Feb. 1, 2013

Family to do services at later date

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   Mr. William W. "Bill" Kaufman, 81, of 1007 South 18th, Quincy, died at 12:55 a.m. Friday (February 1, 2013) in Good Samaritan Home.

   Born November 17, 1931 in Quincy, Bill was the son of William F. and Gertrude B. Ruhl Kaufman. He married Erma Caldwell on December 28, 1957 in Paris, Missouri. She survives.

   Bill was an avid fisherman, especially trout and fly fishing, and enjoyed tying and creating new flies. He was also proficient at computer graphics art, sharing many of his creations with his friends and family. Bill was devoted to his family and he loved traveling to visit his children in various parts of the country. He loved making people laugh.

   Mr. Kaufman served his country in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed as a computer repairman for IBM for 33 years, retiring in 1987. Following his retirement, Bill and Erma moved to the Bennett Spring State Park area where they lived for 17 years, moving back to Quincy in 2003 to be closer to their grandchildren.

   Survivors include his wife, Erma; a daughter, Carol Pagliara of Quincy; four sons, Bill Kaufman of Ames, IA, Steve Kaufman (Karin) of Milwaukee, WI, Jim Kaufman of Denver, CO and Karl Kaufman of Schaumburg, IL; five grandchildren, David W. Kaufman and his fiance Megan of Austin, TX, Alyssa Kaufman and her fiance Miles of Denver, CO, Dominic Pagliara of Quincy, Nicholas Pagliara of Quincy and Louie Pagliara of Quincy.

   Mr. Kaufman was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Drage.

   Cremation rites have been accorded to Mr. Kaufman. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date.

   In honor of Bill, the family requests memorials be made to the Quincy Humane  Society or the Salvation Army in care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301.  

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brian gallaher
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Bill was a fun and happy person to be around. I will always remember how nice he was to be around while camping at Bennet Spring, now he can go fishing with John and Tom in Heaven. Rest in peace Bill.

Brian Brinkmeyer
   Posted Sat February 02, 2013
Fond memories of Mr K, especially from youth when his son Steve and I would ride with him in the green VW beetle home from soccer games and he would treat hot chocolates, while regaling funny stories that made us laugh. My condolences to the Kaufman family on your loss.

Jim and Marie Ebbing
   Posted Mon February 04, 2013
Erma and family - Thinking of all of you at this time of your loss. We have been reminiscing about our fun times camping with our families years ago. What enjoyable times we all had. Memories are wonderful to have. Keep in touch and we will do the same.

George S. Franks
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
May the Blessing be that you remember all of the good times, the laughter, and happiness you had as a family. Welcome coming back to Bennett! A true treasure for us all! gsf

Pat & Ty Pagliara
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
So sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill & Mary Golden
   Posted Sun February 10, 2013
Erma & Family: Sorry for your loss, still have lots of good memories of Flower lake, Tunica cut-off, Jimmy Webb's and Uncle Ralph's. Never went back to Tunica after Bill left, no idea what it looks like down there now with the casinos.
Bill once had his name in the Memphis paper for being an honest fisherman.
He bought a minnow bucket at a bait-shop in Arkansas, brought it home and put it away. What Bill and the lady that sold it to him didn't know was that her husband had put all of the stores cash in it and planned to take it to the bank later for deposit. When Bill found it he thought that Erma had been saving it till he saw the amount and knew that wasn't it. He took it back to the bait-shop and they were very surprised and grateful. He would get free crickets, minnows or a gift of some kind every time he went back.

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