Charles Robert Kaufman


Charles Robert Kaufman, 88, of Alzada died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Eastern Montana State Veterans Home in Glendive.

Mr. Kaufman was born in Belle Fourche, S.D., on Feb. 11, 1925, the son of Herbert Edward and Mary Charensky Kaufman. He grew up and attended country schools near Hammond and graduated from Deadwood High School in 1942.

He went to Kemper Military School in Booneville, Mo., from 1942 to 1944 and in August of 1945 he entered the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to South Dakota where he worked for the Homestake Gold Mine near Lead, S.D. He then moved to Los Alamos, N.M., then to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked for the L.A. Sherriff’s Department as a Sergeant from 1959 to 1978 when he retired. During his years as Sergeant, he was always a part of security when a dignitary such as the President would be in Los Angeles. He remained in California until May of 2011 when he moved back to Spearfish, S.D., to be near family.

He is survived by his sister: Vicky (Allen) Johnson of Alzada; two sons: Dick VanHeuvelen of Lead, S.D., and Ken Waugh of Alaska; four nieces and nephews: Shelly McCutchan of Billings, Sharylnn McCutchan, Shantel McCutchan and Shy McCutchan, all of Alzada; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother: Hattie Kaufman.

Private Graveside Services will be in the Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, S.D. 

Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements.  

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