Obit: Freeman Kaufmann


Freeman Frederick Harry Kaufmann, 96, of Wilton, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Pinnacle Elder Group Homes, Muscatine. A visitation was held Saturday, May 22 at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton. A funeral service was also held May 22 at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton. Burial with military rites will take place in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton.

Memorials may be given to the Wilton Ambulance fund. Condolences may be left at

Freeman was born on Oct. 28, 1924, the son of Harry and Martha (Hain) Kaufmann in Cedar County. He attended the Sharon and Lime City country schools, and graduated from Wilton High School with the class of 1941. Freeman proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

He married Ruby Whitmer on Feb. 24, 1945 in Killeen, Texas. Ruby died on Dec. 7, 2008.

Freeman farmed for more than 60 years on the family farms in rural Cedar County. Farming was his life, and he would often work 12-plus hour days into his late 80’s. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilton, and the Durant American Legion. He enjoyed traveling and wintering in the south with his wife Ruby. He was also an avid shuffleboard player and water skier.

Freeman will be dearly missed by three sons, Harry (Kathy) Kaufmann of Moscow, Steve Kaufmann of Wilton and Jeff (Vicki) Kaufmann of Wilton; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; one son, Robert Kaufmann; a daughter, Diane Kay Kaufmann; a grandson, Curtis Kaufmann; one great-granddaughter, Ezralynn; two sisters, Dorothy Whitmer and Evelyn Lacey; three brothers, Lawrence, Fred and Richard Kaufmann; and two infant brothers.

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