Richard Kauffman, Lutheran minister

March 12, 2019

Richard Kauffman entered the Church Triumphant Sunday, March 10, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, his daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters and a great-grandson.

Richard was born to John F. and Hazel Kauffman near Liverpool, Pa. His life was dedicated to helping others, social justice and teaching. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College he attended Gettysburg Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor. He ministered in Loganton, Pa., and York, Pa. While serving Christ Lutheran Church in Spry, he also acted as a chaplain with the York City police during the civil rights movement. He then was called to join the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission where he continued to fight for the individual harmed by injustice. While at the commission, he also explored his love of teaching as an adjunct faculty member of York College where he taught philosophy, living world religions and ethics.

Richard retired to the Delaware shore where he continued serving the community by being a court-appointed CASA worker, and a member of Delaware Court mediation.  When Alzheimer’s claimed his wife, they moved to Cadbury in Lewes where Richard continued teaching in the University of Delaware’s Osher Center, mediating and working with the Tolerance and Justice League.

Richard will be deeply missed by all who he came in contact with, but his legacy of serving his fellow man will continue with the various lives that he touched. 

A graveside service will be held at St. Matthews Cemetery, 600 Centerville, Road, Millerstown, Pa., at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 14.  A memorial service will follow April 28 at 2 p.m., in the auditorium at the Moorings in Lewes, 17028 Cadbury Circle, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, please continue Richard’s legacy by offering a memorial gift to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; The Nature Conservancy, 703 Chestnut St., Milton, DE 19968; or Community Lutheran Church, 30897 Omar Road, Frankford, DE 19945.

Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Please visit Richard’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at