Paul J. Kaufman, 64 years of age, of Beatrice passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, August 25, 2021 at the Bryan/West Medical Center in Lincoln. He was born on September 14, 1956 at Beatrice to Arthur and Shirley (Stevens) Kaufman and was a 1974 graduate of Beatrice High School. Paul and Patty Johnson were married on May 22, 1993. He had been employed at Store Kraft Manufacturing for over 20 years, and then worked for Beatrice Public School in the maintenance department for 18 years having been at Lincoln Elementary School for several years. Paul was an active member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Beatrice and was a member of the Winosaurs group at the Capital View Winery near Roca. He enjoyed yardwork, playing and coaching YRI softball, and was known widely each year for his Christmas light display. Paul showed his love for his family and friends with selfless acts of kindness.\nSurvivors include his wife Patty; children Rick Kaufman and his wife Hannah of Beatrice, and Alexis Kaufman of Manhattan, KS; grandchildren Moonshine and Iza Kaufman; and siblings Debbie (Jerry) Fitzpatrick of Hebron, KY and Ross (Lodene) Kaufman of Filley. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Nancy Burroughs. \nA Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, August 30, 2021 at the Capital View Winery, 2361 Wittstruck Road at Roca, NE with Reverend Pete Schroeder officiating. Private family interment will be at the Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice. The body will lie in state from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM on Saturday with the family greeting friends from 1:30-3:00 PM. A memorial has been established to the family's choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Paul's online guest book at www.ghchapel.com. \nThese services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.