Grandpa Kauffman’s Eulogy
November 11, 2005
We gather here today to honor the life of a man who was
known to most of the world as R. Terry Kauffman,
but was know to most of us as
It is ironic that I have spent the last few days researching
the history of a man that had spent the better part
of his life researching
As I listened to stories and memories, and read documents
and letters, the foundation of his life became clear.
Grandpa’s life was built upon three pillars:
1. His devotion
to his country, both as a soldier and a civilian
2. His devotion
to his family
3. His devotion
Some of the memories that I will always keep of Grandpa are:
- The stories of the time he served in the 3rd
Horse Calvary that he never got tired of telling
- The fact that although he had very nice
handwriting, all correspondence from him was typewritten
- The miniature vineyard in the backyard of
his house in Detroit
- The miniature bottles of liquor he
collected on his world travels
- That his shirts always had two big breast
pockets to hold his glasses, at least one pen, and his little notebook
- That I never had to think of a present to
get him because he always had a list of books he wanted to read
When I was asked to say a few words about Grandpa, I
wondered what I could say that would do him justice.
I decided instead to let Grandpa speak
While going through his papers, we came across a book jacket
he wrote for a book he never completely finished.
As we know, after writing this, they visited 42 more
countries for a total of 102. Also, his
provided him with 10 great-grand
children, and they have
provided him with 1 great-great grandchild.
He was a self made man who served his country, married his
sweetheart, raised a family, and was able to live
out the American dream by
using his wit, courage, determination, and character to overcome the
faced during his life.
This is the
legacy he leaves us.
So, on Veteran’s Day, 2005, after 87 years of being ‘on
guard’ for his country and for his family,
we can finally say “At ease,
Grandpa”, and well done!
---written and read by his grandson, Richard