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Mitchel "Mike" B. Kaufman

November 22, 1951 — March 12, 2023

    1st Sgt Mitchel “Mike” B. Kaufman U.S. Army (Retired) age 71, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Hershey Medical Center. Mike was born in Orlando, Florida on November 22, 1951 to the late Irving and Jewel Donna (Simon) Kaufman.


    Mike retired in June, 2003 while assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Army Band at Fort Drum, New York, where he culminated his 26 years of service. His prior assignments date back to the “Cold War” era and include Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Fort Meade, Maryland; 8th Army Band at Camp Casey, Korea; Fort McClellan, Alabama; the Berlin Brigade Band, Germany; and Fort Polk, Louisiana. Mike’s professional dream came true the day he enlisted with a military occupational specialty (MOS) as a guitar player which allowed him to perform on several percussion instruments and play a variety of styles including concert, marching, jazz and rock music. Before enlisting, Mike was a sheet metal journeyman in Florida, where one of his most memorable duties included the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Upon military retirement, Mike devoted his life to raising newborn twins and later worked as a commercial bus driver on Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He continued to entertain the local community throughout his retirement years with the guitar, both as a teacher and performer, while joining several contemporary bands and performing throughout Cumberland County. Mike committed his last two years to renovating a 20-year old RV which he hoped to take on the road throughout the U.S. for entertainment and volunteer work, but that was a dream he sadly had to leave unfinished.


    Mike is survived by his wife Heidi (Nielsen); children Christopher, Erik, Kristina, and Mikael; sister Sharon Smith and her husband James; brother Aaron and his family Janet (Ware), Timothy and Rachel; and a loyal Russian Blue furry friend, Xenia.


    A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle, PA 17013. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 1:00 PM until service. Internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Everyone in attendance at the service is welcome to join the family for a time of food and fellowship immediately following the service.


    Arrangements have been entrusted from the Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory, 202 W. Trindle Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013. To sign online guestbook please visit www.HoffmanFH.com.




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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Saturday, May 13, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

201 West Louther Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

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Service

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

201 West Louther Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

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Burial

Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, VA 22211

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