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Donald Dean Kauffmann, age 95, of Minnesota Lake, MN died Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Pheasants Ridge Assisted Living in St. Peter, MN. A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul's UCC in rural Minnesota Lake, MM, with Rev. Cherie Daniel. Visitation will be Sunday, November 13 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Paul's UCC Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Wells Color Guard.

Donald Dean Kauffmann was born September 24, 1921, the son of Ernest and Lena (Kluender) Kauffmann in Danville Township, Blue Earth County, MN. On September 24, 1943, Don was united in marriage to Marjorie Grunzke at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in rural Minnesota Lake. Don honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. Don worked as a carpenter, mechanic and truck driver. After his retirement, he enjoyed repairing clocks and woodworking. He was an active member of St. Paul's UCC, a Past Commander of the Wells American Legion and member of VFW (for over 70 years). Don was a long time member of the Wells Color Guard, providing military honors for funerals. Don was a loving and patient husband and father.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marjorie; and 7 siblings; and a grandson Benjamin.

Don is survived by his children: David (Margaret) Kauffmann of Minnesota Lake, Carol (Don) Wilder of Wells, Dale Kauffmann of Wells, and Mark (Philly) Kauffmann of St. Peter, MN; 7 grandchildren: Betsy (Tim) Smith, Sarah (Quentin) McCarthy, Trishel Adams, Matthew (Miranda) Kauffmann, Christopher Kauffmann, Mark John Kauffmann, Megan Kauffmann; 10 great-grandchildren: Carson, Kamron, Katelyn, Malloree, Drake, Aleshia, Whitney, Preston, Natalie, Charlotte; 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and their families.