Donald R. Vaughn, 89, of rural Lomax, Illinois, passed away at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021, at his home.
Don was born on October 9, 1931, in Terre Haute, Illinois, the son of Dean and Helen (Pence) Vaughn. On April 3, 1955, he married Norma Jeanne Clark at the Dallas City Christian Church in Dallas City, Illinois. She preceded him in death on February 21, 2020.
Don graduated from Terre Haute High School in 1949 as Valedictorian. Shortly after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving his country from 1951 through 1954. Don spent the majority of his military service stationed in Greenland and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Following his service, he returned home to begin a lifelong career as a farmer on the Vaughn family farm. Don also worked as a Pioneer Seed salesman for many years.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Lomax Christian Church, where he served as a Trustee as well as on the Church Board. Don served as a Henderson County ASCS Committeeman, was a member of the Terre Haute High School Alumni Committee, and was elected to the Dallas City Unit 336 School Board in 1964 and then again in 1978. Don was an avid hunter and award-winning trap shooter in his early life, and he enjoyed fishing and watching the Chicago Cubs later in life.
Survivors include four children, Donna (Brian) Anderson of Fishers, Indiana, Diana (Dale) Helling of Iowa City, Iowa, Denise (Chris) Hanley of Peoria, Illinois, and Lance (Danielle) Vaughn of Altoona, Iowa, and five grandchildren, Drew Helling, Meagan and Erin Hanley, and Katie and Lauren Vaughn. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Betty Vaughn, and several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, Hubert and Haven Vaughn, and sister-in-law, Sydney Vaughn Hosford.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City with Pastor Maxine Dennison officiating. Military Rites will follow at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Crane Cemetery, near Lomax.
Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. April 3rd at Banks and Beals where the family will be present from noon until 2:00 p.m. Due to COVID -19, the family asks that masks be worn.
A memorial fund has been established for the Lomax Christian Church and Beacon of Hope Hospice. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Don’s obituary atbanksandbeals.com