Bradley E. Kaufman died at home June 4, 2013 surrounded by family.
Brad was born July 11, 1948 in Spencer, Iowa to Robert and Majorie (Chapman) Kaufman. He grew up in Omaha and graduated from Burke High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Engineering in 1971.
He married Kathleen (Knoell) in Fremont June 7, 1970. They have three children, Traci Snyder of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Chris (Jill) Kaufman, Lincoln and Megan (Shawn) Ekwall, Blair. Grandchildren are Zach Snyder, Taylor Snyder and Landon Ekwall. Identical twin grandsons are expected in Sept.
Brad retired from Omaha Public Power District in 2011. He was a man with many and varied interests. He loved baseball and served as the co-commissioner of Legion Baseball in Nebraska City for 10 years. He served his church as the construction liaison during their million dollar building project. One of his hobbies was woodworking and he built wooden toys and furniture. After his retirement, he got his catering license and starting a business called Grate Eats. He loved to eat and to cook for friends. He was especially known for his brisket!
He was preceded by his mother, Marge. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren he is survived by father, Robert of Park Rapids Minn., sister Connie (Bill) Cramer, Omaha, in-laws Robert and Beverly Knoell, Fremont; brother-in-law Bob (Sally) Knoell, Crete; sister-in-law Barbara (Bob) Fickbohm, Fremont and beloved nieces and nephews as well as many friends and family.
Visitation is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with family greeting friends 6-8 p.m. at Marshall Funeral Chapel. A memorial service and celebration of Brad's life will be Saturday, June 8, 11 am at First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Charles Kathurima presiding. Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Arise and Build campaign of First Methodist Church.
Marshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.