Maurice P. “Hap” Kauffmann

Maurice P. “Hap” Kauffmann

Maurice P. “Hap” Kauffmann, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:05 a.m., on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at home with his loving family by his side. To honor Hap’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Hap’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:30 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Hap was born on August 2, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and Clara (Kutsch) Kauffmann.

Hap proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Alaska. He was never one to brag about his service, but did enjoy telling stories about his experiences driving the Generals around base in the jeep. Hap was born and raised in Dubuque and worked on the farm for his whole life, until his well deserved “retirement” in 1994. Hap was united in marriage to the love of his life, Bernette Knabel, on June 21, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two have been blessed with 58 years and 5 children together. When Bernette began to have some health issues, Hap stepped right in and took over all of the cooking, cleaning and laundry, as well as taking wonderful care of Bernette, making sure she always had whatever she needed. Hap’s faith was also an important aspect of his life, leading to his long time membership with Holy Ghost Church. Farming, however, was truly his passion in life, he continued helping long after his son had taken over the day to day operations. As any good farmer knows, the ability to fix things is absolutely necessary, and Hap loved to put his knowledge to good use tinkering with things out in the garage on a regular basis. Hap also had a bit of a competitive side, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards. We are truly grateful for the 86 years we have been blessed to have Hap here with us, caring for us and teaching us countless life lessons and skills. The kids always loved to tease that there were 3 ways to do things, “the right way”, “the wrong way”, and “Dad’s way”. Hap truly represented the generation of men that defined hard work and love of family, and we will miss him more than words can say.

Those left to cherish Hap’s memory include

his loving wife,
Bernette Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Thomas (Pam) Kauffmann, Sherrill, IA,
Donald Kauffmann, Sherrill, IA,
Sharon (Tom) Kramer, Dubuque, IA,
William (Kelly) Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA
and James (Amy) Kauffmann, Epworth, IA;

his 14 grandchildren;

his 4 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Roger Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Margaret Kauffmann, Denver, CO.

Hap was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Linda Kauffmann; his siblings, Mary (Wilford) Bradshaw, Phillip (Delores) Kauffmann, Bert Kauffmann, Robert (Pearl) Kauffmann and Joyce (Don) Nemmers; and his brother-in-law, Merlin (Ginny) Knabel.

Hap’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to long time caregivers, Susan and Melissa, and to the nurses and staff of Luther Homecare and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of our parents. Also a special thanks to Jim and Hilda Dupont for all of their years of friendship and support.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
March 19th, 2019 from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
March 20th, 2019 at 10:00 AM

5 condolences for Maurice P. “Hap” Kauffmann
  1. Clint Latham says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Kauffmann family for the loss of your Dad. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dianne Bruggeman says:

    My sympathy to all on the loss of your loved one. Happy was a friend of my father, Arnold, for many years. I enjoyed connecting with Happy recently. He was a wonderful man and the words in his obituary are a beautiful tribute to him.

    Dianne Bruggeman

  3. Lisa McGranahan says:

    Bill, Kelly, Jim & the entire Kauffmann family. I never got the opportunity to meet your father & it appears he was a wonderful man. May you all find comfort in sharing memories & all those great times you each have held in your heart with him. This will help as you all try & carry on your lives together until you are all reunited one day again!! With sincere sympathy
    Lisa McGranahan
    2 Timothy 4:6-22 “I have fought the good fight”

  4. Marilyn Dix says:

    Bill, Jim, My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I remember meeting him a few times. I am sure you will all miss him terribly.

  5. Carol Dietzel says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Kauffmann family. May all the treasured memories carry you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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