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James Kauphusman 01/08/2023

James J. Kauphusman, age 79 of River Falls, Wisconsin, died on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at his home. He was born on October 14, 1943, to Leo and Erwina Kauphusman in River Falls. On July 19, 1969, Jim married Audrey Ruka. They were married for 53 years. To this union, three children were born. Jim worked at the Ford plant for 10 years before taking over the family farm in 1978 when his dad retired from farming. Jim was a dairy farmer with his son until 2014 when Jim sold the cows. Ryan continues to work the land. Jim enjoyed socializing with his family and many friends. He was always up for playing games at family gatherings with his kids and grandchildren. He would always make us laugh with his quirky sense of humor. In Jim’s younger years, he enjoyed snowmobiling, golf, bowling, playing ball, and trap shooting. Jim also had a love for deer hunting; he would start preparing a month before. He also fixed many guns over the years for his friends. In retirement, he made sure the cats, squirrels and birds were fed well. Jim will be deeply missed by his family but in our hearts forever. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in-law Ervin and Norma Ruka, brothers-in-law Emmett O’Connell and Kenneth Ruka. Jim is survived by his wife, Audrey; children, Julie (Al) Longsdorf, Lisa (Larry) Peterson, and Ryan Kauphusman (Sheila Simmons); three grandchildren, Kasey, Taylor, and Nick Longsdorf; siblings, Janet O’Connell, John Kauphusman (Tin), Joan Herum (Eldon), Jerome Kauphusman (Debra); brothers-in-law Bruce (Judy), Dennis (Ruth), Robert (Judy), and Leonard (Becky) Ruka, sister-in-law Franny Ruka and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 12:00 noon at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St.) in River Falls. Visitation was also Saturday from 10:00-12:00 noon at the church. Interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • John Rivard Posted January 11, 2023 9:43 am

    Rest in Peace cousin.

  • Denise Ruka Posted January 11, 2023 4:13 pm

    The sweetest man that I’ve ever known!

  • Trista Nelson (Shoen) Posted January 11, 2023 6:47 pm

    I have so many fond memories of Jim. He was always smiling and laughing. Visiting the farm as a kid was always so much fun. He will be greatly missed.

  • Tom & Karen Cernohous Posted January 12, 2023 9:35 am

    We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. Jim was a good guy and fun to talk with. May he rest in peace.

  • Tammy Smith Posted January 13, 2023 4:19 pm

    Jim was a GREAT human! He will be missed. ♥️

  • The Cramer Family Posted January 13, 2023 4:27 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss
    Thoughts and prayers

  • Bruce and Judy Ruka Posted January 13, 2023 5:17 pm

    I loved Jim like a brother, a hard working family man that was loved by many. Will cherish the time we got to spend with him and Audrey in November. He will be forever missed.

    • Pace Dawn Posted January 13, 2023 5:29 pm

      He was the sweetest man ever. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

    • Barbara & Marion Copes Posted January 15, 2023 12:55 pm

      So very sorry to read this. You are in my prayers.

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