|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1911|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 2000|
Kauffman.- Jess, 89, Sarasota, Fla., died at Sunnyside Village in Sarasota, Fla. on April 4, 2000 of congestive heart failure. Spouse: Viola Winn Kauffman. Parents: Joseph and Agnes (Andrews) Kauffman (deceased). Other survivors: children - Ivan Jess of Washington, D.C., b. Aug. 11, 1938; Leila Ferne MacDonald of San Francisco, b.Dec. 12, 1939; Wilma Jeane Miller of Bellingham, Wash., b. Sept. 19, 1941; Patricia Cooper of Brooksville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Jess was born at Kenmare, ND on March 15, 1911 and moved to Cheraw, CO in 1919. He graduated from grade school at Cheraw, Colo., 1925 and from High School at Cheraw, 1932; attended Hesston College and Bible School, Hesston, Kan., 1933. He worked 3 years for the La Junta Tribune, La Junta, Colo.
In 1934 he was ordained minister at East Holbrook Mennonite Church in Cheraw. On Sep. 12, 1937 he married Viola Winn in Thurman, Colo. In 1941 he moved to Hesston, Kansas, where he served as pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church, 1944 - 1949, and as editor of the Hesston Record since 1942. This was shortly after Pearl Harbor and the local non-Mennonite population was not happy with a pacifist Mennonite minister editing their newspaper. One night a small mob painted the front of the newspaper office yellow. In 1942 he went to Hesston College - then led by his cousin Milo Kauffman - for one year. After WWII he built a portable meat canner which traveled to Mennonite farm communities preserving beef to be sent overseas for MCC. This program is still in operation today.
In 1950 Jess moved to Colorado Springs. He was the founder in 1950 of Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. In 1951-1956 he pastored First Mennonite Church on the Westside of Colorado Springs and was founding pastor (1956-1958) of Beth-El Mennonite Church in Colorado Springs.
In 1952 he operated a program for delinquent youth from the Denver area. In 1962 he served at Camp Friedenswald in Cassapolis, Mich. with his wife until 1973. In 1976 they became directors of Lakewood Retreat Center at Brookville, Fla.
In 1979 Jess retired near Brooksville, Fla., became a member of the Spring Lake United Methodist Church and was active in prison ministry. He authored "A Vision and a Legacy: The Story of Mennonite Camping, 1920-1980".
Memorial service: April 7 at Spring Lake United Methodist Church, Brooksville, Fla.
(see also Who's Who among the Mennonites, 1943)
Joseph F. Kauffman (1890 - 1936)
Ivan Jess Kauffman (1938 - 2015)*
Enos David Kauffman (1909 - 1936)*
Jess Allen Kauffman (1911 - 2000)
Alvin D. Kauffman (1914 - 2010)*
Ida Belle Kauffman Miller (1916 - 1997)*
Clarence Kauffman (1917 - 1999)*
Alice Kauffman Yoder (1920 - 1998)*
Daniel R Kauffman (1922 - 1993)*
Joe Kauffman (1924 - 2004)*
Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Apr 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18742107
Added: Jun. 27, 2011