Michael J. (Mike) Kauffman Sr., age 56, of Burr Oak, passed away, Friday, April 3. 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. Mike was born Feb. 13, 1959, in Goshen Ind., a son of Jacob (Jake) and Ruby (Pletcher) Kauffman. He had lived most all of his life in St. Joseph County and attended Colon Schools. He married Sherri Hagen in 1980. She preceded him in death on April 17, 2004.
Mike worked for 35 years at Morgan Olson in Sturgis. He enjoyed, hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, cutting wood, spending time with his family, and most of all he loved being a Papa.
Mike is survived by his children, Ron Kauffman of Colon, Michelle (Matt Smith) Kauffman of Burr Oak, Mike Kauffman Jr. of Colon; sisters, Elaine (David) Hess of Colon, Lois (Duwayne) Eby of Centreville; brothers, Dale (Marcia) Kauffman of Colon, George (Debbie) Kauffman of Union, Roger Kauffman of Colon, Robert (Anna) Kauffman of Colon, Glen Kauffman of Quincy; grandchildren, Jace Michael Kauffman and Mattalynn Michelle Smith; several nieces and nephews; and his best friend Dixie Dog. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Sherri Hagen.
Relatives and friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mike Kauffman Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the funeral home, with Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. Internment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.