Raymond Kauffman, 78, of Crystal Falls, Mich., entered into the eternal trout stream on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, Crystal Falls.
He was born November 10, 1944, in Tigerton, Wisc., son to Earl and Wilma (Reinert) Kauffman. Raymond graduated from Tigerton High School in 1963. He served in the United States Marine Corps in 1970 during Vietnam with an honorable discharge. He attended Laten College for Arts in Milwaukee, Wisc. On August 21, 1971, Raymond married the love of his life, Sigrid Koski. In 1981 he moved to Crystal Falls, Mich., and retired as a welder from Systems Control.
Raymond had a passion for fishing, especially fly fishing. He also taught fly tying classes and fly rod building. He enjoyed hunting, wood carving, wildlife painting, speed painting, auctions, restoring guns, making tomahawk peace pipes, and restoring muscle cars. Raymond also had a special gift of gab and loved to talk to people. In his later years, he enjoyed doing puzzles at the Crystal Falls Library.
Raymond is survived by his son, Mark Kauffman, Crystal Falls; daughter, Laura (Jesse) Kauffman, Crystal Falls; sister, Rosann (Bill) Herman, Bowler; brothers-in-law, Victor (Virgina) Koski, Crystal Falls, Michael (Paulette) Koski, Wausau, and Earl (Bonnie) Koski, Crystal Falls; numerous, nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sigrid Kauffman; daughter, Crystal Rose Kauffman; brother Ron Kauffman; and sisters, EddaMae Bohardt, and Corrine Bohl.
In accordance with Raymond’s wishes, a Celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Tuft Rondon VFW Post 2891, 108 Superior Ave, Crystal Falls, MI 49920.
The family would like to thank the caring staff of Aspirus Iron River Hospital and the Iron County Medical Care Facility.
Friends may leave condolences and tributes to Raymond’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Crystal Falls, Mich., to honor Raymond’s legacy of life.