Joby Kunkler Kaufman, 82, of Andrews, passed away at 7:56 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at her residence. Joby was born in Hollywood, California, on November 28, 1937, to the late Robert and Judy Kunkler. She was raised in Chrystal Lake, Illinois. Joby later gained a stepfather, Eddie O'Neil.
Joby attended Hanover and Huntington College. She met Gene Robert Kaufman at Hanover College in Madison, Indiana and they wed, on the campus, on March 25, 1959.
Along with Gene's parents and family, together they built Etna Acres Golf Course. Joby was Co-owner of Etna Acres. She loved picking the driving range and sitting in the sun to watch the birds. She sought to make everyone feel welcome at Etna Acres. Joby was well known for her cheeseburgers, but you had to promise not to tell anyone.
Joby was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also a fifty-year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Wabash. Joby also served as a Girl Scout leader.
Joby and Gene raised two daughters at the course; JoDee (Gary) Dale, of Andrews and Jeannie (Bob) Stienke, of Wabash; grandchildren Devin (Kelli) Dale, of Wabash, Dayna Dale, of Andrews, Julia (Andrew) Wegeng, of Indianapolis and Rylan Porter, of Indianapolis.
Etna Acres has been the location for numerous golf fundraisers through the years. In lieu of flowers, if you have participated in one of those outings, please consider a donation to one of the charities. A couple that she felt most passionate about included the Shriners Hospital and Folds of Honor.
Per Joby's request, there will be a private family service held at Etna Acres Golf Course.
We encourage you to give the family your love and support by visiting our website at www.mcdonaldfunerals.com. The family would appreciate your kind words, memories of Joby and prayers for the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992.
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