With his Sister’s hand on his shoulder, Roy William Kaufman, 86, of Laurel passed away peacefully Nov. 8, 2018. Roy was born in Billings on Nov. 13, 1932, to Conrad and Amelia (Kessel) Kaufman. Roy attended school in Big Timber and Billings. Roy was Baptized and Confirmed at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Billings.
The Kaufman family resided on the Boulder River in Big Timber, which in reflective family conversations, were the "BEST YEARS OF THEIR LIVES!" The family relocated to Billings, finally settling on the farm, south of Laurel on the Whitehorse Bench in 1951.
Roy worked closely with his two brothers, Ralph and George, building and modernizing the farm business. Roy’s strength of position was the business side of the day-to-day operation. Business was always of great interest to Roy, however, with two other brothers, opportunities were always up to a three way vote!!! Roy enjoyed the continual challenge of farming, and loved the outdoors. With the change of weather, came the instinctual reaction of what work needed to be seasonally started or completed.
Roy is the last member of this farming era. The passing of the three brothers of the “KAUFMAN BROTHERS FARM” has been challenging from health care, to farming and business aspects. This arduous task was overseen with grace, tenacity and humility, by their sister Geraldine (Kaufman) Bangert.
Survivors include his sister Geraldine (Kaufman) Bangert, niece Deborah (Bangert) Alexander and her husband John Alexander, nephew Kim Bangert, niece, Penny (Bangert) Levy, great-nephews Michael (Tara) Barry, Daniel Barry, and Christopher (Amanda) Handlin; great-nieces Michelle (Brook) Daly, and Erin Handlin; great-great-nieces, Quinn Daly (4), Amelia Daly (1), and Evelyn Handlin (2).
Roy is preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Amelia (Kessel) Kaufman, sister Katherine (Kaufman) Emerick and her husband Gene Emerick, brother-in-law George Bangert and his brothers, Wilber (Buddy) Kaufman, Ralph Kaufman and George Kaufman.
Roy’s quiet manner and impish grin will be greatly missed and remembered often…enjoy heavenly farming until we are all together again.
Many thanks for the outstanding care from Tendernest, Stillwater Hospice and Keene Insight.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tues., Nov. 13, at Mountview Cemetery in Billings. Visitation will be Sun, and Mon. at Smith Downtown Funeral Chapel, 925 S. 27th St.