He was born June 13, 1932, in Perryville, son of Reinhold E. and Mabel Palisch Kaufmann.
Kaufmann was a professor from 1962 to 1983 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He was a 1950 graduate of Perryville High School, attended Southeast Missouri State University and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1957. He received a master's degree in interior design from Florida State University-Tallahassee, and a doctorate in environmental design.
Kaufmann moved to Vero Beach in 1985 and did freelance design work, purchased Orchid Isle Travel and was a partner in Travel Inc.
He served with the U.S. Army in the dental unit at Fort Leonard Wood from 1953 to 1955.
Survivors include a sister, Myrt Frentzel of St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville, with the Rev. Matthew Marks officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 133.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Vero Beach.