Stewart B. Kauffman, 97, a Church of the Brethren minister, died October 6 at Brethren Village, Lancaster, his home for 19 years.
Born May 14, 1919, in Reading, PA, he was the son of Melvin and Sarah Kauffman. In his youth he had a morning paper route and for several years he and his sister, Ethel, had a weekly radio program playing guitar and mandolin. Until recent years he continued playing classical guitar, and performed occasionally for various church and social events.
He graduated from Elizabethtown College and from Bethany Theological Seminary; in 1961 Bethany presented him with the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.
Stewart served PA pastorates in rural Windber, Everett and Huntingdon. From 1953-55 he was the administrator for the Church of the Brethren’s Eastern Region and from 1955-1960, Director of Ministry for the entire denomination, For 14 years prior to his retirement in 1984, he returned to the General Board, working with the Stewardship Team. It was during this period that he wrote a book, Zella’s Mountain, about his work in the area of “Special Gifts.” He was a member of the Lancaster Church of the Brethren.
Stewart was married to Helen Markey Kauffman for 55 years; two years after her death, at age 80, he married Marjorie H. Morse, who died in June, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his son, S. Bruce Kauffman, and his sister Ethel K Zellers. Survivors include his daughter, Sara K. Aksar, of Walkersville, MD, daughter-in-law, Patricia Elliott Kauffman, of Washington D.C; two grandchildren, Suzan Iscil, Virginia Beach, VA, and Andrew Aksar, Keedysville, MD; and 2 great-grandchildren, Jahna Iscil and Kurt Iscil.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at 1:00 P.M. at the Brethren Village Chapel, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA with Rev. Jeffrey Rill officiating. In lieu of flowers, Stewart suggested that gifts be given to The Brethren Disaster Relief Program c/o Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1610 Sunset Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 or to First Church of the Brethren, 2200 State Hill Road, Reading, PA 19610.