Friends Remembered: Melvin G. Kauffman

Melvin G. Kauffman

Melvin G. Kauffman, 91, of Pulaski, Pennsylvania, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.

Born Aug. 13, 1931, to Lewis A. and Florence Mayberry Kauffman, he lived his entire 91 years in Pulaski.

Kauffman was a 1949 graduate of Union High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He wed in 1955 to Patricia A. Kearns.

He was affectionately known as Melvin the Mailman during his years delivering mail to the Pulaski area. In 1973, Kauffman received the Carnegie Medal after he and another man removed two unconscious, teen drivers from burning vehicles after flames broke out in both vehicles after an accident. After retiring from his mail route, Kauffman drove a school bus for Wilmington Area School District. In addition, he was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of New Bedford for 80 years.

Kauffman would often be found on his lawn mower, but also enjoyed camping, square dancing, bowling, singing with the church choir and spending time with his wife and daughters.

Kauffman is survived by his wife of 67 years; daughters, Lauri A. and Kristine K. Phillips; and sister, Florence Allison.

Kauffman was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Wallace.