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Aaron Kupferschmidt

January 5, 2016


Aaron Kupferschmidt, 94, of 903 Stone Ridge, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the home of his son, Brian, in Pensacola, Florida. 

A memorial service will be at 10:30 am on Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 3200 Asbury Rd.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.  The family will meet relatives and friends after services at the church.  The Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd, is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron was born on July 13, 1921, in Dubuque, son of Edward and Rose (Schoff) Kupferschmidt. 

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939.  He was then employed at the Dubuque Packing Company before entering the Army in World War II.  He spent two years overseas with the 94th Infantry Division in France and Germany.  During this time he was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for bravery in combat.  He was discharged in 1945. 

He married Geraldine Hoffman on Feb. 9, 1946 in Dubuque.  They were married for 59 years.  

He worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years during which time he served as a clerk advancing to assistant postmaster in Dubuque.  In 1981 he retired as postmaster in Decorah, Iowa. 

He was a member of the Iowa National Guard for 32 years during which time he commanded the 34th Infantry Brigade of Iowa.  He retired with the rank of Brigadier General. 

After retirement he was a volunteer income tax preparer for the American Association of Retired Persons for 23 years.  He was a member of the American Association of Retired Federal Employees and the American Legion, post 6.

He spent over thirty happy summers with his family at his cottage on Duck Lake in Park Rapids, MN.  He was a golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and euchre for many years with different groups in Dubuque. 

He is survived by his five children, Richard (Diane) Kupferschmidt, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Pam (Von) Vold of Punta Gorda, FL; Kim (Steve) Rich, of Prairie Village, KS; Scott (Lisa), of Dubuque; and Brian (Christine) Kupferschmidt, of Pensacola, FL.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kelly Kupferschmidt, Lindsey (Noah) Voltz, Nicholas and Madeline Rich, Katie (Joe) Sadewasser and Alex Kupferschmidt.  There are four great-grandchildren, Adalissa, Maxton and Eliden Sadewasser and Soren Voltz.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geraldine and his nine brothers and sisters, Edward, Francis, David, John, Paul, Mark, Rachel, Ruth and Doris as well as their spouses.

We are grateful for the many years that Brian and Christine took care of our father after our mother died. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter's Church In Aaron's name or to a favorite charity.


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