Obituary of Gerald "Jake" Kaumans
Gerald N. “Jake” Kaumans, 72, of Windsor, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at his home with his wife Jane, son Steve, and dog Max by his side, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born in Clinton, Mo., on November 28, 1943, to Christian Henry Kaumans and Mary Marjorie (Halfen) Kaumans, Jake was raised in the same home in Montrose, Mo., in which his mother was born and raised. He attended elementary and high school in Montrose. Like his Dad and 4 brothers, Jake enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for 4 years during the Vietnam War era. On August 30, 1969, in Montrose, he married Carolyn Jane Teeman. He began his employment with United Telephone/Sprint and retired in 2004 after 34 years with the company. He was a member of the American Legion.
Jake leaves his loving wife of 47 years, Jane Kaumans; a son, Steve Kaumans, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; 6 grandchildren, Nathan Pierce, Natasha Metz, and Logan, Hannah, Dakota and “Lil” Jake Kaumans. He also leaves 3 brothers, Jim Kaumans (Cici) of San Diego, California; John Kaumans of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and Tony Kaumans (Wanda) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a sister, Mary Jane Wingett (Garry) of Kansas City, Mo.; and special family friend Linda Pierce, who supported the family in countless ways during Jake’s final weeks. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kristina Marie Pierce; a brother, Mike Kaumans; and 2 sisters, Patty Sue Kaumans and Martha Kaumans Gipson.
Jake will be remembered for many things, including his luck at surviving many health issues over the past years. He had no regrets, and frequently said, “It’s been a hell of a ride!” He would want you to remember him by sitting down with a cold beer and laughing with friends.
Graveside memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, with Rev. Peggy Eshelman officiating. Military honors will be held at this time. The family suggests contributions to the Windsor Four County Rural Fire Department in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor.