Terrell Vaughan

August 27, 1941August 30, 2019

Terrell (Terry) Vaughan of Bloomington, Illinois, age 78, died peacefully and with grace at his home August 30, 2019. Born to Orvis Lorenzo and Mildred (Keen) Vaughan in Rock Island in August 1941 during WWII, the family moved to the UP of Michigan while Terry’s father was in the army, where Mildred taught school. Being a school teachers sons, Terry and his brothers went to school with her, beginning Terry’s love of education at an early age. After the war, life took the family to Beaver Dam, Wi, with a final home in Rankin, Illinois. Terry has two children by a previous marriage. John (Julie) Vaughan in Longmount, Colorado and Tracy Hebb, Bloomington. He continued to be an important part of their lives through adulthood, and had the joy of having 6 grandchildren (Ian, Nathan, Tabi, Zane, Miller and Marlo) and 3 great-grandchildren (Sophia, Levi and Gavin) to help council and love. Many lived close by and had Grandpa with them for all important celebrations in their young lives. In 1998 Terry married the love of his life, Jody Hoggins. They nurtured and brought out the best in each other, truly turning two into one wonderful life together. She survives. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Orvis and Mildred Vaughan, an older brother Stewart Vaughan, and sister-in-law Bobbi (Les) Vaughan. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by two bothers, Irving (Verla) Vaughan of Oklahoma City, Les Vaughan of Vandalia; and a sister Virgina (Fred) Stahl of Tempe. Terry and Jody felt very lucky and blessed that Les could spend time with them over the last two months helping out and providing love and support. Terry also is survived by his much loved dogs, Molly and Cooper. Terry received his Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois. He was a high school Math and Science teacher at Rankin High School for six years, then went to work for NCR as a Programmer Analyst. He later left NCR for his favorite place of employment, Champion Federal where he made many life long friends. He retired from HTC, a consulting company in 2007. In retirement, Terry could often be seen tooling around town with dogs Jack and Bailey and later Molly in what was referred to as the dog car. Terry was an avid computer geek and we could always count on Terry to have a well thought out opinion on current events. He also loved to travel and he, Jody and close friends were able to visit Belize last year where Terry boasted he got to eat lobster every single day. Our lives were all blessed with his presence and the knowledge, love and support he provided will be missed. Terry has been accorded cremation rites and a Memorial-Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family suggest memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or McLean County Animal Control. Special thanks would like to be given to the staff at Illinois Cancer Center, Community Cancer Center and OSF. Their depth of care and respect for Terry during his illness allowed him to leave our world peacefully and with dignity.

Terry's memorial/celebration of life will be held September 15th, from 1 pm-4 pm at Reality on Monroe in downtown Bloomington. The doors will open at 1, the memorial will start at 1:15 or so, followed by food and drinks.

To view Terry's memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


15 September

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Reality on Monroe

111 E Monroe St
Bloomington, IL 61701


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Mike Talkington

September 3, 2019

Rest in Peace my fellow BFSL brother. I will always remember you and our times at Shanigan's - those times together are and will be forever

Mickey & Ralph Scott

September 3, 2019

Jody, So sorry about the passing of Terry, you are in our thoughts at this sad and very difficult time.

Mickey (Dohleman) & Ralph Scott & Aunt Lois

Sandy McCord

September 3, 2019

So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. My sincere condolences to his family.

Henry Ingold

September 3, 2019

I was deeply saddened to hear of Terry's passing. My condolences and well-wishes are extended to Les, Virginia and all of Terry's family. I will always remember Terry's superb teaching ability, having had him as my teacher multiple times in math and science classes at Rankin High School. He had a unique ability to inspire, and also to break down and explain complex ideas so that they were understandable. I only wish my later professors at the U of I had possessed such attributes to the degree that Terry did. And when I have recently been trying to help my younger son with his high school algebra, I have thought back on how Terry would have explained similar concepts. God bless!

John Mikalik

September 2, 2019

So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Les and I grew up together in our town of Rankin. Terry was a blessing to RTHS. I enjoyed his math class. Rest in Peace, Terry.

Hugh Hoggins

September 2, 2019

Our little nephew ,as we always called him as a little joke, will be very missed. We truly loved him as much as everyone else did. Our sincere condolences Jody and God be with you always.
Auntie Dory and Uncle Hugh

Leslie Weber

September 2, 2019

Hello Jody and family, my deepest sympathy to you all.
Terry was a ‘bigger than life’ person to me. I met him as an 18 year old working at the bank, manually punching out credit cards before having to ‘check into (via keypad or something if I recall)’ the secured room where he and others worked, to encode the Micro strips. There were a couple of folks (Terri and his close coworkers) that mentored those of us that were young and stupid! We were very lucky in that respect and it may be why I have been lucky to still be working in the 🏦 ng industry to this day.
I am so sorry to hear that he has passed. He was a VIP!