Obituary: Vilas Leonard Kaufman

Vilas Leonard Kaufman, 92, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at Pine Village Care Center in Moundridge.

Vilas was born on Feb. 19, 29124, in Moundridge to Ray and Emma (Schrag) Kaufman.

Vilas married Donna D. Neel on Aug. 18, 1944, and they were married for 65 years until her death in 2010.

Vilas and Donna moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1962, where he sold real estate and served as a counselor in a Juvenile Detention Center. Upon his retirement in 1982, they moved to Newton to be near family and friends. Vilas loved music, sang in barber shop quartets and for many weddings and funerals. He coached and loved baseball, and also refereed basketball in the off season.

He is survived by his children: Sherry (Larry) Nuehring and Rick (Barbara) Kaufman; sister Velora Peters; grandchildren Stacey Dennett and family, Jana McKinney Hedrick and family, Keenan Kaufman and family; and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Emma Kaufman; wife, Donna Kaufman; grandson, Lance McKinney; one brother; and two sisters.

There will not be a service.

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