OTTAWA - Ralph S. Kaufman, 82, of Ottawa died at 1:12 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 at Kindred Hospital, Lima.He was born July 22, 1930 in Ottawa to the late Edward and Veronica (Schroeder) Kaufman. On Nov. 26, 1966 he married Margaret Hornstein who survives in Ottawa.
Also surviving are three children, Eric Kaufman of Columbus, Linda (Brad) Bebout of Delaware, and Andrew (Teresa) Kaufman of South Elgin, Ill.; three grandchildren, Peyton Bebout, Nathan Bebout and Kaelin Kaufman; a brother, Raymond (Elma) Kaufman of Ottoville; two sisters-in-law, Helen Kaufman of Leipsic and Rita Kaufman of Ottawa.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Arthur (Ann) Kaufman, Edwin Kaufman, Leonard (Lidwina) Kaufman, Urban Kaufman, and Elmer Kaufman; and three sisters, Mary Kaufman, Mildred (Vincent) Brinkman, and Bertha (Otto) Gerdeman.
Ralph was a retired farmer and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a 1948 graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul High School, Ottawa and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. He was a life member of Knights of Columbus Council #1757, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2234, the Putnam County Farm Bureau, and Ohio Farmers Union. He sang in the church choir for many years and enjoyed singing with his barbershop harmony group. He was a Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeye fan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Ralph's nephew Fr. Kent Kaufman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa where there will be a scripture service at 2:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul School Endowment Fund.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.