Kelly R. Kaufman, 96, of Flora, IL passed away Thursday morning, December 20, 2018, at the Burge House in Flora.
He was born on June 6, 1922, in Equality, Illinois, the son of Gallatin County natives John E. and Annie L. (McHenry) Kaufman. He married Dora J. Blankenship on August 14, 1964, in Flora and together they shared 45 wonderful years of marriage before Dora passed away October 25, 2009.
Kelly graduated from Equality High School and served as a medical technician in the United States Army during World War II where he was stationed in France and England. Kelly retired after working 17 years for the State of Illinois as a Warehouse Examiner. He was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Flora and a past member of the Flora Elks Club, VFW Club and American Legion. Kelly enjoyed having coffee with his friends each morning at the local McDonalds and sharing vegetables and blackberries from his garden with friends and neighbors. In his later years, he also enjoyed frequent visits to see his family in California.
He is survived by his daughter: Kelly (Kaufman) English & husband Kurt of Costa Mesa, CA; grandson: John Andrew English of Costa Mesa, CA; two brothers: John Kaufman of California and Edward Kaufman of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Ann Vycital and Doris Schaefer) and two brothers (Charles and Ted Kaufman).
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora, with the presentation of military funeral honors. A visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Clay County Health Department and First Christian Church.