Jon Kaufman

Date of Death: Dec 29, 2020
Jon Kaufman

1944 - 2020

Jon “Cork” Kaufman, 76, of Randolph, passed away December 29, 2020 at home with his family by his side.

Jon was born December 7, 1944 in Fond du Lac, WI the son of Sam and Marguerte Carlson Kaufman. Cork graduated from Waupun High School in 1963. After graduation he went to Dodge County Teachers College to get his teaching certificate. In 1965 he enrolled in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam until 1967. Upon his arrival home he married his high school sweetheart, Jayne Kamp on December 30,1967 at Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun. Cork received his bachelor’s degree at UW-Oshkosh and his masters at UW-Milwaukee in Administration. He was the Elementary Principal at Markesan for 25 years. Cork was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, and formerly a member of Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun. He enjoyed coaching golf and basketball, was a very competitive golfer, enjoyed magic, and had a very creative spirit. The most important part of his life was his one and only special granddaughter.

Jon is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jayne; a son, Chad (Kim) Kaufman of Randolph; his special granddaughter, Aubrey; a sister, Mary Ann Dunn; a brother, Mark Kaufman; and nieces and nephews.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wilson and Nora Kamp; and a brother, Harmon “Chuck” Kaufman.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Please follow COVID-19 guidelines.


Memorial services for Jon “Cork” Kaufman will be held Saturday, January 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Pastor Phillip Enderle officiating.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be started in Jon’s name.

Special Thanks

We sincerely want to thank many in the medical field: Dr. Kumar, Dr. Gupta, Dr. Steffes, Dialysis Team, UW Heart Transplant Department, and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Memorial Video

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  1. Bonnie Paskey Says: December 31, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Sorry to learn of Jon’s passing. I was always grateful that he took a chance and hired me. I knew he always supported us teachers. Have many fond memories of conversations we shared about life. My condolences to your family.

  2. Sheila Witthun DaValt Says: January 1, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Jayne…. So sorry to hear about Jon’s death. I remember you in our last year at Waupun when we consolidated with Fox Lake. You were the “pretty gal”… So sorry again and another gal we graduated with from Fox Lake passed away on Christmas Eve in Cottage Grove, Ronna Hendrickson Kelley. She went on to school to become an RN. I guess we are all getting older….
    Take care of yourself.

  3. Lynn and Marilyn VandeBerg Says: January 1, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I’m so sorry, Jayne and family! I was thinking of you recently because your anniversary is 8 days after ours. He leaves behind many accomplishments and hundreds of friends. The world will be missing a wonderful man. Love you, Cork!

  4. Phil Buteyn Says: January 1, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    I was somewhat shocked to hear of Corky’s passing, Jayne and Chad. I was unaware of the health issues he was dealing with since that last time I saw him. I got to know Cork during my time at DCTC; he added so much to that little college. (Prior to that, I was on the 1962 Homecoming Court with you two.) We reunited the last five years when Cork joined the class of ’63 Brewers’ game crew. I could tell that game and the gathering of old friends meant a lot to him. We’ll miss him this year at Miller Park. Joy and I both will keep your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Dan Beers Says: January 2, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Jayne so sorry to hear of Corky’s passing………..remember him well from our High School days and our reunions…………… loved the fact that he joined us every summer for our ’63 reunion at Miller Park……….he will be missed

  6. Janice Chase Says: January 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    My sincere sympathy to you Jayne and your family,Mary Ann and your family. From our high school days, church activities and reunions we sure made great memories. Even my grandson always referred to Cork as “coach”. He touched so many lives May you find strength and comfort in our Great God.

  7. Dan Beers Says: January 2, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    my thoughts are with you Jayne……………….always enjoyed Corky in high school and at our reunions…………….also the times he joined the ’63 group at Miller Park for an annual Brewers game……….he was a good man and will be missed

  8. Dennis Wojahn Says: January 2, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    I enjoyed Cork at the annual Brewers games that some of the class of 63 (and Phil) attended. My Dad golfed with his Father Sam at the RRCC. While visiting with Cork, he told me some interesting things about his Dad. Sam was put on a boat to America in order to escape the Nazis when he was a child. Sam`s parents may have died in the holocaust. I would have liked to learn more about this experience. Cork was a great golfer and took the game seriously. He was golfing at Oneida Golf and Country Club, of which I am a member of in Green Bay, on the day that my daughter had her wedding reception at Oneida. I also know that my cousin, Virginia Reehl, a librarian, and husband Ben Reehl, a band director, knew Cork because they taught at Mayville.

    My deepest condolences to Jayne
    Dennis Wojahn

  9. The volunteers, flight team and board of Badger Honor Flight mourn the loss of their hero, Jon Kaufman. We are thankful for his military service and so very sorry we were unable to take him on the trip to Washington, D.C. Our sincerest condolences.

  10. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: January 3, 2021 at 5:07 am

    Jayne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  11. John & Lynn Gilmore Says: January 3, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Very sad news. Another loss for the class of 63.It was nice to get together with Cork for our annual Brewer game. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed talking about his family as well as reliving our past years! He will be missed by many. Our best wishes to the family.

  12. Jerry and Georgia Says: January 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Thinking of you with sympathy during this difficult time.

  13. Don & Bev Schultz Says: January 4, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your son. May the Lord be with you and comfort you knowing you will meet again.

  14. Joe Porter Says: January 5, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I’ll forever remember the golf trips we took out of state. Lots of great memories playing golf, cards, and him gushing about his dear Aubrey. Jon is someone I wish I had met long ago!

  15. Elaine N. Diffor Says: January 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    My prayers and sympathies for you and your family, Jayne. The beautiful video with all the wonderful pictures and memories is priceless. He was a good guy, great sense of humor, and will be truely missed. Prayers for your comfort and peace.

  16. Ruth & Merlin Pieper Says: January 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Hello, Jayne, My thoughts and prayers have been with you ever since I read Jon’s obituary in the Beaver Dam paper!!!! I wish we could come to the memorial service but we are going to Minneapolis by Trina’s family Wednesday and staying through the weekend-it is her 40th birthday on Wednesday! So we want to be with her!! She has 2 little ones – 18 months -Josephine and 3 year old Wyatt who we love spending time with!!! I just wanted you to know our thoughts are certainly with you and your family! Lets get together and catch up on old times after Covid improves!!!! Please send your address so I can send you a card!!! Now you have my email – send me a note when you can!!!

  17. Ardy pickhardt Says: January 12, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you ,Jayne,chad,Kim,Aubrey! I will always remember all our Schmaltz reunions, which you usually attended. Ardy

  18. Carol Klein Says: January 26, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.Jon was a wonderful person, a fine gentleman, with a great wit and personality. I’m grateful to have met him in the Waupun Library shortly before we moved to AZ in 2019.Great conversation of reminiscing and friendship.
    God bless you, Jane.

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