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Roy William Kaufmann

September 3, 2018

Kill Devil Hills – Roy (Roy Boy) William Kaufmann, passed away, peacefully at his home, September, 3, 2018, exactly one month shy of 96 years old. Born in 1922, in St Louis, MO he lived there before moving to Kalamazoo, MI, where he met his first wife, Honey Ward. They lived in Plainwell and Allegan, Michigan before moving, for a brief stint, to Newport Beach, CA. Roy managed the Ward family business: Allegan Lumber Yard and Paper Cities Lumber Yard.

He lived several years overseas in Vietnam, The Philippines, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, in contracted construction work, and finally settled down in Kill Devil Hills, in the Outer Banks in 1988. There, he married his present wife of 28 years, Lan Bui. An avid golfer, he found his dream job working at Duck Woods Country Club for 20+ years where he scored the much sought after hole-in-one. He was loved by all the ladies at Duck Woods because he always treated them like royalty. This is where he made many special long lasting friendships, of which he so cherished. He came close to losing his life, one day, however, in the canal alongside Hole 2 when his golf cart tipped over into it. He was saved by David Bentley, for which we are very grateful.

He loved music, often singing and whistling and right up to the end could finish song lyrics and music when prompted. He served in the Army during WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and his son, Bruce Kaufmann. He is survived by his wife, Lan; his daughter, Kim Elliott; two granddaughters, Emily (James) Horein and Jenica (Garrett) Polifka; his two great granddaughters, Evie and Kaiah Polifka and 2 nieces. The family also thanks, Trish Robbins and Judy Daniel for all their caring, help and love this past year.

Memorial donations may be made, in his honor, to the Colington Volunteer Fire Department, of whom the family is so grateful for all their help these past many months. A gathering memorializing
Roy will be held in September. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.