Christopher James Kauffman

Oscoda, Michigan
January 19, 1985 - September 26, 2019


Visitation will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington, Hale, MI 48739.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739


Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Rod Alexander, Sr. officiating.

Christopher will be laid to rest at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan will military honors accorded by the Army National Guard.

Obituary Notice

Christopher J. Kauffman, age 34, of Oscoda, MI formerly of Hale, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City. He was born on January 19, 1985 in Detroit to James Kauffman & Diane Rochowiak. He joined the U. S. Army and attained the rank of Sgt. serving from 2003-2009 including two tours in Iraq. He was awarded a Purple Heart. Chris liked to hunt, fish and ride motorcycles.
Chris is survived by his father, James & step-mother, Debra Kauffman of South Branch; brother, Justin Kauffman of South Branch; sisters, Rylee Hopper, Katilyn Hopper, Melissa Novak; fiancé, Jessica Moss and her children, Ricki, Evelyn, Alli, Sebastian, and Scarlett; grandmother, Jeanne Washburn; many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Hopper; grandparents, Harry and Margaret Kauffman.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington, Hale, MI 48739. Services will be held at 1 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Rod Alexander, Sr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be made to the family at


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project.


Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan


A true hero and an amazing man truly loved and forever missed gone to soon we love you always xoxo
— Jessica moss
I didnt know Chris well he was in ROTC with my daughter. I do know he was a good man and soldier. He proudly served despite what he went through over there.
Such a shame to loose a good person so young.
— AnnaMarie Bernhardt
Chris will surely be missed by all who's live he has touched. GOD BLESS HIM AND HOLD HIM.
— Mary Ellen Russell
Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts prayers
— Marv&Cherry Katz
— doug stephenson
Words cannot describe the feeling of emptiness my heart holds for you. Until we see each other again........
— Peggy Simon
Chris words cannot explain the feeling of emptiness we are all feeling you were a great man son brother uncle nephew cousin friend. There is a hole on all our hearts until we meet again. I will pray for the day o get to see you in my dreams and have just one more conversation with you one last time. I will never forget that smile and goofball humer you will forever be my Goober.
— Julie Russell
RIP, Soldier, God bless
— Christine
Jim I’m so sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you and his and your family. Thank you Chris for your service. 🙏🙏🙏
— Gwen Cytacki Aparicio
Our time spent together was brief my friend. Yet I knew instantly you were a good man, courageous soldier, and such a big part of not only my daughter's life, but my grandchildren as well. I'm both very glad, and truly honored to have known you. We had some good time's my friend, as well as plenty of laughs together. I'll miss you, and I'll be sure to keep your memory alive. Thank you for your service,and thank you for being the man you stood. Until we meet again my friend...
— David Moss
On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary we are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you at this sad time. We are honored to do the luncheon for Christopher. The freedoms we enjoy in this country are because of wonderful caring people like your son.
— Marlene Noll Polishak
Remember Christopher as a energic bright eyes baby boy running down the Hall laughing as he jumped on the couch,Then again as a handsome man returning home from the war a Hero.🇺🇸 Our Deepest Sympathy Dimmy and Family, Our Hearts are with you 💜 Bojack R.A.M.C. And Lisa.
— Lisa Buchakian
Rest in peace my friend. I wish you were still here, but both honored and grateful for the time we shared. Many laughs, shared stories, and now forever memories. Until we meet again my friend... Not to be left unsaid, again, thank you for your bravery and commitment in protecting/ defending our nation.
— David O. Moss
My heart breaks for you Jimmy for all of you Amy everybody
— Dawn Butler Cole
I never had the pleasure of meeting Christopher, but would like to send prayers, love and hugs to his family! And thank you Christopher for your service, may you RIP!
— Janeen Clark
Rest easy Brother, wish I could be there for your service. We will one day regroup in Heaven, and then have a reunion with all of our Brothers. “Deeds not Words” Spartans
— Tim Cooper
Will miss you cupcake.........RED 3 out
— SSG Trumpower
Christopher served 2 tours in Iraq with our son Jason Trumpower. We are so sorry for your loss. We plan on being at his funeral to stand in for Jason who is not able to attend.
— Terry Trumpower
I may be Honored to say that on behalf of this Navy Veteran and on behalf of the United States Navy it is an Honor to call You a Fellow Servicemen ! I Served Proudly in the United States Navy 10-14-81/10-15-85 I did not know You but in Reading the above Condolences I had to Honor Your Service in the United States Army and Thank You for Your Service Sgt. I Salute You and I am Humbled by Your Service to Your/Our Country ! Men like You make this Country Great ! You made this Old Sailor Shed an Ocean Tear,At Ease Solider ,As an old Naval saying goes "Fair Winds and Following Sea's "... God Bless
— Lloyd Bieszk ( Navy Veteran) National City,Michigan

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