The Rev. Donald Kauffman, 89, had lived in New Milford

The Rev. Donald T. Kauffman, 89, editor and minister, died Aug. 16, 2009, at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy, Pa. He was the widower of Jeanne I. (Thompson), to whom he was married 57 years.

He had lived in New Milford for 22 years.

The Rev. Kauffman was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the second child of Jane B. (Brant) and the Rev. Daniel C. Kauffman.

For the past eight decades, the Rev. Kauffman wrote and edited numerous stories, articles, Bible lessons and books, such as "The Dictionary of Religious Terms" and "The Treasury of Religious Verse."

He was a principled and compassionate man who believed that his life's mission was his work.

The Rev. Kauffman had his first story published at age 8. After graduating from Houghton College, he earned a master of theology at Philadelphia's Westminster Theological Seminary.

While still in seminary, he was elected pastor of the Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian Church. After graduation, he led churches in New Jersey and upstate New York.

The Rev. Kauffman later became managing editor at the Fleming Revell Publishing Company, where he worked with many authors including Archibald Rutledge, Helen Steiner Rice, Corrie ten Boom, Chuck Colson and David Wilkerson.

He was later managing editor at The Foundation for Christian Living for Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

In his spare time, he continued to fill interim pastorate positions and write for David C. Cook and for the Peale Foundation until the time of his death.

Beyond his love of books and writing, he enjoyed music, traveling, biking, hiking and especially spending time with his family.

The Rev. Kauffman is survived by his children, Cynthia and her husband, David Sonne, Nancy and her husband, Carl Hess, Elizabeth and her husband, Bill Conroy, Karen and her husband, John Carroll, and Harold Kauffman; 16 grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lynda Kauffman. He was predeceased by a brother, D. Harold Kauffman.

A funeral service was held at Calvary Fellowship Homes, Lancaster, Pa.

Memorials may be made to the social justice and health initiative programs at The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307.