Kenneth Eugene Kauffman Sr., 69, Lenoir City, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, at his home. Ken worked at Sears Automotive Service at West Town Mall for more than 41 years. He came up from West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1973 when it first opened to take an assistant managers position to later be promoted to manager. He eventually decided he liked working in the shop and retired in that position. Ken was a hard worker and well liked among his peers. You could always count on him to make the day interesting. He loved to joke around. Ken was a loving husband and a wonderful father. Heaven has gained another angel, and he will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Garnet Roy Kauffman and Dessie Mary Wagaman, and his brother, Richard Kauffman, all of West Palm Beach, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gracie Pauline Kauffman; children, Susan Bryant and husband, Ron, Kenneth Eugene Kauffman Jr., all of Lenoir City; Jeffrey Alan Kauffman and wife, Missy of Maryville; grandchildren, Jennifer Stewart and husband, Brent, Tony Lyles, all of Lenoir City, Amber Gay and husband, Phillip, Austin Kauffman and wife, Hannah, all of Blount County, Nicolas Kauffman of Lenoir City, Ryan and Wyatt Kauffman of Maryville; great-grandchildren, Autumn and Kate Stewart of Lenoir City and Carter Gay of Maryville; sister, Carol Ann Grove of Crossville; brother, Gary Kauffman and wife, Mary of Fayetteville, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Chapel. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home by 10:30 Friday morning and proceed to the Lakeview Cemetery for 11 a.m. graveside services and interment. Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneral home.com