February 19, 2020

Okie W. Kauffman

Died Oct. 9, 2019


Okie W. Kauffman, 87, of Fairview passed away at his home Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

Okie was born in Mio on Oct. 8, 1932, to Harry and Jeneva (Kaufman) Kauffman. He worked as a logger most of his life. Okie was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church. He enjoyed reading, deer hunting, traveling, snowmobiling, his four-wheeler, and old-time country music and gospel. His favorite spots were Yellowstone National Park and his UP cabin “Camp Okie-Dokey.”

Okie is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Fairview; two sons, Kenton Kauffman (Charlene Chirillo) of Sarasota, Fla., and Scott (Kat) Kauffman of Nokomis, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jeremiah, Caroline, Justin, Nathan and Jacob; and one great-grandchild, Paxton. He is also survived by his brother, Tom Kauffman of Fairview; his sisters, Loretta Troyer of Mio, Delta Partlo of West Branch and Elsie Neorr of Twining; and his son-in-law, Scott Taylor of Mio.

Okie was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Keri Taylor, in 2015; his sisters, Regina Kauffman and Fern Egli; and his brothers, Wayne Kauffman, Dennis Kauffman and Arlen Kauffman.

Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. at the Lashley Funeral Home, Mio. Okie will also lie in state Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Fairview, from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Price officiating. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Compassion Fund c/o Fairview Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 100, Fairview, MI 48621.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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