Nicholas Melvin Kaufman, 91
Nicholas Melvin Kaufman — beloved husband, father, and grandparent — was called home to his heavenly father on June 25, 2019 in Pierre. Mass of Christian will be held on Tuesday, July 2nd at 10:00 am at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 1st from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Isburg Funeral Chapel with a prayer service and Rosary at 7:00pm. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Pierre.
He was born to Nicholas and Theresa Garecht Kaufman in Richardton, North Dakota, on February 27, 1928. He enlisted in the 9th Photography Reconnaissance Squadron in December 1945 and trained in Sheppard Field, TX and Buckley Field, CO. He served a theatre of operation in Japan. He was stationed at Yakota Army Air Base and Fimpo Army Air Base in Korea. He was honorably discharged from Camp Stoneman in California on May 24, 1947. He married his wife of 70 years, Barbara Hushka, on November 16, 1948 and remained lovingly by her side until he was called home. They moved to Garrison, North Dakota where he worked on the Garrison Dam. They moved to Pierre, South Dakota in February 1955. He worked as a mechanic for Hinkley Chevrolet from 1955 to 1971. He worked for the State DOT as a mechanic and later as shop foreman from 1971 to 1991. He was a 4th Degree Knight with Knights of Columbus as well as a member of the VFW and Eagles. He was a parishioner at St. Peter and Paul’s Parish. He loved fishing, playing cards, dancing polka, calling bingo, building bird houses, collecting model cars, and tinkering in his garage. Nick and Barb had four children: Douglas (Rita) Kaufman of Rapid City, South Dakota; Donna (Jeff) Woloszyn of Glendale, Arizona; Darlla (Rich) Roesler of Vacaville, California; and Diane (Gene) Garber of Pierre, South Dakota. They had multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.
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