Willard F. Kaufman

Born: Wed., May 8, 1940
Died: Fri., Jan. 2, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 09, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 10, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Willard F. Kaufman, 74,  of  Quincy died at 9:54 a.m. Friday (January 2, 2015) in his home.

   Born May  8, 1940 in Quincy, Willard was the son of Harm and Ellen Tournear Cross Kaufman.

   Willard was a member of The Upper Room Christian Fellowship Church his hobby and passion was rehabbing and decorating various proprieties.  He also enjoyed cooking and loved to wear fine and formal clothing.  He was also the founder of the Meals on Wheels Program in Adams County.

   He owned and operated numerous restaurants in Quincy,  namely Willie's Cafe and Irene's Cabaret Nightclub.

   Survivors include two sons, Kevin Kaufman (Sara) of Columbia, MO, and Lee Kaufman (Rhonda) of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren, Tammy Kaufman and Stephanie Kaufman; one brother, Harm "Danny" Kaufman (Glenna) of Quincy; three sisters, Mary Loop and Helen Baldwin both of Quincy and Shirley Knight of LaGrange, MO; and two special friends and lifetime companions, Greg Lionberger and Robert Clow.

  Mr. Kaufman was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Tammy; an infant grandson, Kevin Kaufman II; an infant brother Herman Kaufman;  two infant sisters, Esther Lucille and Carol Jean Kaufman; and two sisters Betty Forrest and Donna Klossing,.

  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon 2:00 p.m. in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Lueckenhoff officiating.  Entombment will be in the Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.

   Visitation will be held Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 and Saturday until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the Upper Room Christian Fellowship Church.

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belinda osborne
   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
you will be truly missed. i am proud to have known you and call you my friend. R.I.P.

Ronda Kaufman
   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
You were the best father and father in law. We love you and will greatly miss you. RIP Lee and Ronda

Larry Mock of Atlanta
   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
I am sure heaven welcomed you with open arms...they were waiting for the show to begin...thanks for your support and care when we met back in the late 60s...everyody loved you for who you were...look down upon us with guidance and continued care.

Sharen Taylor
   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
My condolences to the family and friends of a wonderful person. I had several opportunities to spend time with him and always walked away a better person for the experience. Heaven is his home now. No more pain just love and joy. How I look forward to seeing him again.

Kim Smith
   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
RIP. You will be missed. Lots and lots of amazing memories of you when I was a kid. My Mom is also thankful for the time you guys had together. RIP Thank you for being there when I needed you most and for our three amazing children. -Judith Vance

Staci Turnbaugh
   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
RIP. You mean the world to me. You will be miss dearly, and want you to know you are in are thoughts and prayers forever. It upset me that you are gone and that we will never get to see you beautiful face in the bar again. You made it worth while to go to the bar every weekend. I know you in a better place now, no more pain will you ever have to feel ever again. Angels will be looking over in heaven.

Paula See
   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
It was a pleasure knowing you Willie/Irene. You were always understanding when people came to with their problems. Your lovely carmex kisses were nice to get. I enjoyed coming to the bar several years ago with my friends. You will be missed Willie. Thank you for all that you have done for Quincy and for the gay community. God bless you Irene...I love you...

   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
Rest in Peace Willie , you was a good friend and wonderful person. It was a pleasure to have known you.

Kevin & Marnie Tate
   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon hearing the news about Willie's passing. Our most sincere condolences go out to your family, Greg, and Robert. Willie was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Kevin & Marnie Tate

Gregory Kelso
   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
I was heart broken to hear Willie had passed away. He had been a great friend to me since I came out in 83. He has done so much to help gay people in the area, and he will be deeply missed by all of the gay community. I always enjoyed making dresses for his shows and spending time with him. Rest in peace Willie, my prayers are with you.

David Shadows
   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
One of the great unsung heroes of Quincy, Illinois. An authentic light through an era of darkness in backwaters. Few can match your lifetime of endurance, strength and courage, whatsoever you did.

"...Now enter into the home of my Father."

   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
God bless you and keep you. I love you my sweet Uncle Wilford. I've known you since I was born. Will always remember your loving heart and wonderful since of fun. And I will someday hear you say"Oh Mercy" the way only you can say it. Love Always

Ann Langenbach
   Posted Sun January 04, 2015
Irene, you will never be far from my mind. I remember all the great stories, events, and love that was shared by you to all of us. It was a pure pleasure to have known you for all these 40 plus years. You always told it like it was. You had so much energy, cook, business man, entertainer and father. Thank you Irene!!

Carol Rischar
   Posted Mon January 05, 2015
Willie was such a special person. I enjoyed working with him and selling his real estate. My condolences to Greg, Robert, Tim and all the family.

Darlene Vandermaiden Anderson
   Posted Mon January 05, 2015
RIP Willie You will be missed . You had a big heart and a personality that was so unique. To know you was to love you. You were so light hearted and full of fun. Until we meet again.

   Posted Mon January 05, 2015
Dear Kaufman Family, Greg and Robert,

I have known Willie many years, I even knew his step father Francis Cross when he was at Soldier home and also Willie's mother, a ram rod of a Lady, I can hear Willie Laugh now, OMG the only laugh like that in the city of Quincy. told him many old funny stories over 40 years, and so many great laughs.
Willie, or Irene West as many knew him as an entertainer was one of a kind, always with a class, a showman all his life. I can say this, He had GUTS and more than any one who was in Quincy, someone who helped so many young people coming out, so many dinners he had at Christmas times at his bar where many didn't have anything. You see, its not about being what you are, but with Willie what he could do for others.
So many good old times and I think really Quincy had a GEM, and it was he, dolled up, always a style of his own.
I don't care what any one says, but our loss is heavens gain.
I hope you are wearing your best and please give the best show you can, as you did for many here.
I have prayed everyday for his soul when someone called me, and will do so when I am called.
Yes, he is gone, but there was ONE Willie, ONE Irene, and hell of a showman. No one had the GUTS like him
"Father Paul"

Vikki Foster
   Posted Tue January 06, 2015
Sending out Prayers and Condolences to the whole family..Even though I did not see Uncle Willie as often as I should had, I still have very fond memories of him. He sure was one of a kind and will be deeply be missed in my heart...Rest in PEACE Uncle Willie.......

Loretta Wardlow
   Posted Tue January 06, 2015
To all of Willie's family I extend my codolences. Willie was a survivor. He went through so much that someone shouldn't have to. I was proud to have been a part of his family. May he RIP and have a great reunion with his departed loved ones.

Caroline McClamroch
   Posted Fri January 09, 2015
Im very sorry to hear of your passing. R.I.P , you will be missed by many. Heaven is waiting for you and may you look down at us and know that you are loved. God bless you. Prayers to all of your friends and family. Caroline

Jerry A Talton
   Posted Tue January 27, 2015
My heart goes out to Kevin and the family,god bless u and help u through this,R.I.P. Willie!!!!

Jerry A Talton
   Posted Tue January 27, 2015
Pastor paul i haven't heard from u in years are u still in st louis? i can't believe willies really gone,well aleast he's not suffering no more,text me on facebook im in Greg lionbergers friends,would love to hear from u,its been years!!

   Posted Tue February 10, 2015
God bless.

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