THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Leo T. Kaufman
Issue Date: November 25, 2020
Leo Ted Kaufman passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the age of 86.
Leo was born on February 7th, 1934, to Anna and Leo Kaufman at St. Joseph-Lloyd Hospital in Menominee, Michigan. He was the first born, with Tom and Shirley following. He grew up on the family farm in Loomis. In high school, he served in student government as Vice President of his Senior Class. He went to state with the Drama Cub and played tackle for the Marinette Marines. He graduated from Marinette High School in 1952.
After high school, Leo attended the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Marinette until 1954 when he volunteered for the draft and served two years active duty in Germany with the Big Red One - 1st Infantry Division.
Leo played football in the military and traveled throughout Europe with his team. He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion Post #476. He was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette. After Leo was honorably discharged from the Army, he went to work for the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation in the Highway Division as an Engineer Technician and then was the Statewide Coordinator for Ground Control for Aerial Mapping for the State of Wisconsin. He retired in 1993 to the family home in Loomis where he lived the rest of his life with his brother Tom.
Leo liked to garden, hunt and golf. He and his brother Tom would go on hunting trips out west every year - adding to their trophy wall and making lifelong friends along the way. He was an amazing cook and baker. Despite recent health issues and undergoing dialysis three times a week, he still managed to bake pumpkin pies, angel food cake and peanut butter cookies. To know Leo was to know a man who was gentle, kind, giving and caring.
He is survived by his brother, Thomas Kaufman; his sister, Shirley Kaufman; his niece, Tracy (Jess) Mangold and his great-niece, AnneShirley Mangold.
Leo was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Elvira Johnson Kaufman; his father, Leo Frank Kaufman and his infant sister, Margaret Lorraine Kaufman.
Details regarding the visitation and funeral are forthcoming. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements.