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Sunday, 23 May 2021 21:10

Ralph Charles "Butch" Kaufman

Ralph Charles “Butch” Kaufman, age 76, a lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Joseph and Evelyn Vaughan Kaufman, and his sister, Marilyn Kaufman Howerton. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Chandler Kaufman; a son, Ralph Charles Kaufman, Jr. and wife, Cara; granddaughter, Dana Kaufman; brother, Robert Joseph Kaufman and wife, Barbara, sister-in-law, Glenda Coburn and husband, Gerry; brother-in-law, Johnny Howerton and wife, Cheryl; brother-in-law, Jim Chandler and wife, Linda, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Butch was a Navy veteran and former Grocery Manager at the Fort Lee Commissary before retirement. In retirement, he kept busy by painting houses for friends and loved making improvements to their homes. He also loved planting a small garden each year, growing tomatoes and potatoes. He was always humorous, caring and friendly to everyone. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021 at Central Baptist Church. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or to Central Baptist Church, 6405 Courthouse Road, Church Road, VA 23833. Arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
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  • Comment Link Mindy and Sherry Hysinger Thursday, 03 June 2021 17:42 posted by Mindy and Sherry Hysinger

    Mr. B as mom and I called him, was the sweetest, most caring person I know. He never knew a stranger, always knew someone no matter where we went. Even when we went to Emerald Isle beach in NC, he would see someone now and again. I was always teasing him that he knew everyone from VA to NC, he said and even some in OHIO. Loosing him was loosing the best friend I ever had. He loved to cook and try new recipes, loved the beach and loved UNO!! We would play for hours and hours, he loved to give mom the draw two cards and laugh when she got her hand so full she couldn't hold on to them, if you ever saw him laugh so hard he turned beet red and almost hyperventilate, then you know how hard he laughed at her. We loved him so much and he loved us. Still can't believe he is gone, but knowing he is in a better world without sickness and pain......I guess makes it worth it. LOVE YOU Butch, then, now and always!!!

  • Comment Link Mindy and Sherry Hysinger Monday, 31 May 2021 16:14 posted by Mindy and Sherry Hysinger

    Butch was the most loving and caring of all people that we know. He went out of his way to be kind and considerate of everyone who knew him. My mother and I are from Ohio and the last 20 years we have spent a week in the summer with him and Janet, usually at Emerald Isle and then we would come and spend a week after Christmas with him and Janet. we can't imagine how life will be without him, but knowing he is no longer in pain and suffering with his cancers, we will just have to learn. I will miss his stories of growing up and those of A.G. and Johnny, the fishing trips, the times at EI with his sister, brother and the whole gang. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him!!!

  • Comment Link Anne Heath Monday, 24 May 2021 21:10 posted by Anne Heath

    Janet, you and family are in my
    Prayers. Its been great to have you and Butch as part of my church family. Lisa , know you will miss Butch and yes, he and Marilyn are together again!! Keeping all of you close in thoughts and prayers ?✨

  • Comment Link John A Glass Monday, 24 May 2021 17:18 posted by John A Glass

    Butch was a one of a kind special human being. He would go out of his way to be helpful and caring. He was always there for Ella Mae Fisher. Condolences to Janet and family.

  • Comment Link Patsy Christopher Monday, 24 May 2021 11:34 posted by Patsy Christopher

    Butch was a special friend to the Fisher family from our early childhood days. A.G., Betty, Claiborne, Butch, Bobby and I spent many days hanging out at our country store as teenagers. After he retired, Butch spent many hours doing odd jobs for our elderly sister-in-law, Ella Mae Fisher, and basically checking on her and looking out for her well being. He was a good neighbor and friend and will be missed. My condolences to Janet and family.

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