Douglas Saylor Kaufman, 91, passed away on July 2nd in his residence.
He was the husband of 67 years to Kathryn Mary (Schlegel) Kaufman whom he married in 1951. Born in Reading, PA he was the son of J. Douglas and Lucy (Saylor) Kaufman.
Doug received a band scholarship to Valley Forge Military Academy, graduating in 1945. He was also a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
He was drafted into the Army during WWII serving as a Cryptographer and attaining the rank of Sergeant. Later during college he took ROTC and was commissioned to serve with the infantry. He later was called to active duty during the Korean War as a rifle platoon leader and received Purple Heart decorations as well as the Bronze Star with Valor, and Oak Leaf Cluster. He was also awarded the Combat infantry Badge and numerous other campaign ribbons and medals.
He later was a Real Estate Broker for 20 years earning the Member of Appraisal Institute designation in Real Estate Appraisal.
In 1972, Doug succeeded his father as President of Crystal Cave Company, a family business since 1923. Under Doug’s management, food buildings, a miniature golf course, a theater, museum and other enhancements have been added to this attraction.
Doug also since 1954 has played drums in marching and concert bands including the Wyomissing Band, Rehrersburg Band, Lukens Band and the Philharmonic Band of Reading.
He had served on the Board of Directors for Sovereign Bank, Wyomissing Club, Washington Library Assoc., Pennsylvania Caves Assoc., Berks County Assessment Board, Greater Reading Board of Realtors, Reading MLS, Wyomissing Band and the Wyomissing Public Library.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Carolyn Kaufman and Kathryn Campbell, widow of Alan Campbell; three grandchildren, K. Marnie, wife of Scott Oshry, Kristen, wife of Ryan Hurst and James Everline; two great grandchildren and a sister, Margaret K. Schumo. In addition to his parents he was pre-deceased by a brother, Robert S. Kaufman.
Services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 37 South 5th St. Reading, PA 19602 or the American Cancer Society. Henninger Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.