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Melvin A. Kauffman

Melvin A. Kauffman, 83, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, following a long illness. He was born December 27, 1929 in Elyria, and was raised in Westlake.

Melvin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked 30 years for Kauffman Trucking, and was a material handler for Fruehauf. Melvin was a security guard for Allen Hospital at the time his illness began. He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball, and enjoyed tinkering around the house.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Hazel A. (nee Miller); a daughter, Christine L. Yonkings (David) of Elyria; and a son, Allen Kauffman (Bettina) of Vermilion. Additional survivors include six grandchildren, David M., Kerry (Dominique), Douglas R., Kaity, Stephanie, Christine; two great grandchildren, Jesse and Hunter; a sister, Carol Ann Miller (Richard) of Wellington; and five brothers, Robert L. (Gislina) of Lorain, Kenneth (Jane) of Elyria, Harold (Carol Mae) of Elyria, Russell (Mary Anne) of Bay Village, Kevin (Jerry) of Avon Lake.

Melvin was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Kauffman; a son, Paul (Carrie) Kauffman; his parents, Melvin J. and Helen Kauffman; and a sister, Joyce Helsel (Sonny).

Memorial Services will be 4 P.M. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church, 4501 Clinton Ave., Lorain, Ohio 44055, where Reverend Laurie A. Miller, Pastor, will officiate. V.F. W. Post #1079 will provide full military honors at the church, immediately following memorial services. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions, in Melvin's memory, can be sent to the church or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elyria (440)322-4626. Online condolences to the family can be expressed at

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