Reynold “Rey” Kaufmann, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (Retired), age 71, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by his family, July 18, 2008 at St. John Hospital, Detroit, Michigan.
Colonel Kaufmann was born February 18, 1937 in New York, New York to Reinald R. and Wilma Kaufmann. Rey was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, Class of 1958. He received one of four direct commissions into the United States Army with his first assignment to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, where he met and married his wife and friend Lili and their first child, Rennie, was born. On his subsequent assignment to Germany, his other two children, Christie and Mark were born.
A decorated Vietnam veteran having received numerous citations including, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, Colonel Rey Kaufmann was assigned as a MACV Advisor to the Republic of South Vietnam Army (RVN) during the early stages of the war from January thru December 1965 and a second tour from 1967-1968. He continued his distinguished military career as an Advisor taking his family to Thailand (1970-1972) and Iran (1974-1978) as a Logistics and Ordinance Advisor to the Imperial Iranian finally ending his career as the Inspector General of the Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) (1978-1982) in Warren, Michigan and then retiring to Grosse Pointe Woods.
Colonel Kaufmann is survived by his beloved wife, Lili; dear children, Rennie (Karen) Kaufmann, Christi (Ken) Pollart- Gottschalk and Master Sergeant Mark Kaufmann; cherished grandchildren, Kyle, Joshua, Isaac, Luke & Esther Kaufmann, Kelci & Taylor Pollart, Aric & Krista Kaufmann.
Homecoming Celebration with military honors Thursday 4pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 37635 Dequindre Rd., Troy, MI (just north of 16 Mile Rd.). Dinner at church to follow. Friends may begin visiting the church at 3pm. Final Interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. with full military honors.
Memorials appreciated to the Disabled American Veterans. P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301.
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