Charles “Chuck” Richard Kaufmann (’71)

Charles Kaufmann Obituary

Charles “Chuck” Richard Kaufmann, 81, of Galveston, sadly passed away on May 5, 2023 in Austin, Texas after a lengthy hospital stay. Charles was born to Maxwell and Ruth Kaufmann of Cincinnati, Ohio, June 4, 1941. He attended Walnut Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati where he received a degree in Economics.
Chuck joined the United States Air Force in 1963 and was stationed at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring where he met his future wife, Cleo Kaufmann, nee Thomas on a blind date. Chuck and Cleo were married June 12, 1965. He was a decorated veteran who served on active duty in Vietnam from 1966-1967 as a loadmaster and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain in 1968.
After leaving the military, Chuck attended the University of Houston School of Law. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1971. Chuck began his career as a lawyer in Big Spring, and practiced law in Austin and Houston. While practicing law in Houston, he also served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Spring Valley for many years. He finished his career as a lawyer in Galveston where he retired in 2020.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Cleo Rita Kaufmann, nee Thomas of 58 years; children, Chanah (Jamie) King, Joshua (Laura Beth) Kaufmann, Marshon (Bryan) Sullivan; grandchildren, Samantha (Clayton) Whelchel, Jacob King, Alex Sullivan, Audrey Kaufmann, Adam Sullivan, and Max Kaufmann and one great-grandchild. He also leaves behind a brother Steve (Diane) Kaufmann.
There will be a Graveside Service Friday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in Chuck’s name. He would really love that.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory.  Online condolences can be made at

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