Bob Kauffman, NCAA champion for Edinboro, passes away

Bob Kauffman

Bob Kauffman, a 1986 NCAA Division II national champion for Edinboro, passed away on Friday, Nov. 13. Kauffman, a native of Emmetsburg, Iowa, is a member of the Edinboro University Wrestling Hall of Fame.

His obituary is below.

Bob Kauffman of Fountain Hills, Arizona, passed away on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by his loving children.

Bob was born July 12, 1962 in Emmetsburg, to Don and Pat Kauffman. He attended Emmetsburg Community Schools where he played E-Hawk football and wrestled. Bob was a multiple time state placewinner and won a state championship as a senior in 1981. Bob then went on to wrestle for coach Dan Gable at the University of Iowa. As a senior Bob transferred to Edinboro University where he wrestled for coach Mike DeAnna and won the 1986 NCAA Division II national title. Bob was later inducted into the Edinboro University Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Bob Kauffman
After graduation, Bob moved to Arizona where he was employed at Kauffman Homes and Avenue of the Fountains Executive Suites, along with owning Advacoat Concrete Floor Coatings.

Bob continued to stay involved in wrestling where he volunteered at different local high schools helping coach multiple state champions and state place winners including his sons Parker (AZ state placer) and Leyton (AZ State Champion) and nephews Jacob (AZ State Champion) and Scott Kauffman (IA State Champion). Bob loved to compete and coach and was incredibly generous with his time to the wrestling community.

Bob is survived by his three children, Kylee, Parker and Leyton and their mother Julie of Fountain Hills, AZ; his siblings, Gary (Karen) of Emmetsburg, Deb (Rodney) of Iowa City, Jim (Vicki) of Brownsdale, MN, Kevin (Christie) of Castle Rock, CO and Dan (Bev) of Franktown, CO. He also leaves nieces and nephews who loved their "super cool and always funny" Uncle Bob. Bob will be missed by all.


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