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BLOOMINGTON — Willard H. Kaufmann, 96, of Bloomington, died Wednesday (Jan. 21, 2015) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, Normal, with the Revs. Chris Hull and Jonathan Huehn officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be at Bethania Cemetery in Justice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church in Normal. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Willard was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Chicago, to Charles and Helen Oswald Kaufmann. He was baptized Aug. 24, 1918, at home and confirmed at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Chicago, in 1932.

Willard married Minnie Becker on Sept. 11, 1943. She died April 3, 2002. He also was preceded in death by his son, the Rev. Philip Kaufmann; daughter-in-law, Evie Kaufmann; his sister, Ethel Heyse; his parents; stepmother, Elizabeth Kaufmann; and beloved aunt, Minnie Knuth.

Survivors include grandsons, Timothy (Joy) Kaufmann and the Rev. Martin (Amy) Kaufmann; beloved great-grandchildren, Jonah, Hannah, Andrew, Katie and Laura Kaufmann; and one niece, Linda Highland.

Willard was a former member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Chicago. He served on the board for Christian education for many years at St. Andrew Lutheran School, the church council, planning committee and various other committees. He was a longtime employee of Spiegel Inc.

Willard enjoyed playing the keyboard, attending Sharing Joys Bible class at Christ Lutheran Church and playing dominoes and cards with friends.

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