OBITUARY

James D'Arcy Vaughn

September 29, 1926September 10, 2020
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CW4 James D. Vaughn (Jim), USA, Retired, joined his beloved Yvonne in Heaven, on September 10, 2020 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jim was born in Shelby, North Carolina, to James A. and Etheleen B. Vaughn on September 29, 1926.

He graduated from Concord High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific through the duration of WWII. After the war, he was honorably discharged and moved to Baltimore, Maryland seeking employment-and, also finding his lifelong love, Yvonne Hope Lilly. Jim and Yvonne were both employed at Montgomery Ward's department store and after a time, Yvonne consented to Jim's proposal. They were joined in marriage on June 11, 1949. he had reenlisted in the U.S. Army and they began married life together in Fort Bliss, Texas. They enjoyed 66 wonderful years together.

An expert in Radar Electronics, Jim served faithfully and with distinction for 28 years, garnering two Army Commendation Medals, The Meritorious Service Medal and The Legion of Merit. He retired on July 1, 1976 and happily maintained that "status quo" until he passed.

James is preceded in death by his cherished wife, Yvonne, siblings: Miriam McAllister, Joan Berry, Don Vaughn and Marjorie Vaughn. Left to honor James and remember his love are two sons, James Jr. and Geoffrey and three grandchildren, Michael Vaughn, Jennifer Weiche and Christopher Vaughn. to whom he was affectionately known as "Grampy". He is additionally survived by his sister, Janis Moore and many nieces, nephews and friends. His survivors will continue to look to his memory as a model of steadfast dedication and joy of life.

Viewing and Life Celebration will be Thursday, September 17th at Pikes Peak Christian Church, 4955 Bradley Road, Colorado Springs, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest at Pikes Peak National Cemetery with honors at 1:00 p.m.

  • FAMILY

  • Yvonne Vaughn, Wife (deceased)
  • Marjorie Vaughn, Sister (deceased)
  • Miriam McAllister, Sister (deceased)
  • Joan Berry, Sister (deceased)
  • Don Vaughn, Brother (deceased)
  • Janis Moore, Sister
  • James Vaughn Jr., Son
  • Geoffrey Vaughn, Son
  • Michael Vaughn, Grandson
  • Jennifer Weiche, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Vaughn, Grandson
  • Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • James Vaughn Jr.
  • Geoffrey Vaughn
  • Michael Vaughn
  • Christopher Vaughn
  • Gary Kording
  • Bret Weiche

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Committal Services

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

Memories

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Steve Fleming

September 30, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Jim growing up. His son, Jeff, and I were youngsters and hung out quite a bit at his house playing board games. Jim was always quick to say hello, ask how I was doing, and comment that I looked just like my dad. He was approachable and loved his family. Jim and my dad served for decades in the Army together and every time I saw Jim he would say that I looked just like my dad. What a big heart and a man that loved our Lord. I look forward to the day I see him in heaven with that contagious smile and humor of his.

Gladys Fleming

September 29, 2020

Jim touched so many lives. You and I were one of those fortunately left to be blessed by his friendship. He will be greatly missed, but his memories will remain.

Sincerely, Gladys Fleming

Donna Kersey

September 16, 2020

I cannot put into words how proud I am to have had such a man as Jim Vaughn as my uncle. He was the epitome of what it is to be a great person: good, honest, loving, respectable, and supportive. I remember him and sweet Aunt Yvonne at our family gatherings when they lived in Columbia, South Carolina. It hurts my heart that they both have passed on, but I have such good memories of them both. I am including a picture of my family (mom Janis Vaughn Moore and her husband Jerry Moore, Uncle Jim and Cousin Jim Jr, and my brothers Guy and Darrell Rudisill). That was wonderful visit!

Mary Kay Vaughn

September 13, 2020

I will miss Jim so much. He was my husband's brother.
We never lived in the same town, but he was the big brother I never had. I depended on him for his good Christian advise many times. He was there for me through many of Don's illnesses,
I will always remember Jim as one of the finest most caring men I have ever known.
Go with God, Jim, you lead a wonderful life and left two fine sons to carry on.
Mary Kay Vaughn

Brian McAllister

September 13, 2020

The days of my childhood in Catonsville MD were sprinkled with the unannounced, but highly appreciated visits of Uncle Jim. He was going to or coming from some U.S. military base and the stories fascinated me. Later all my family really got to know Uncle Jim, Aunt Evie and my cousins when they lived in a Maryland suburb while he was assigned to the Pentagon. What a genuine, honorable and God fearing man he was. I am honored to have known him. I am a better person because I did. The picture is from 1951, Uncle Jim and my father, Queens NY.

Vicki Smith

September 13, 2020

I can’t say enough of what a warm, loving and kind man Jim was. We first got to know him and Yvonne from our Sunday School class at PPCC. They both became family to us all in that class. When Yvonne passed it broke our hearts to watch Jim trudge on without her by his side, We would have him over for dinner with one or both of the “boys”. We’d play games sometimes and he’d have a blast. His love of God and his Faith in knowing that he’d join Yvonne one day and sit beside the King was refreshing to all of us who knew him so well! You will be missed so much Jim. Thanks for the footprint you left in my heart ❤️

BOB & IRENE BERRY

September 13, 2020

UNCLE JIM WAS ONE OF A KIND. A MORE LOVING, GIVING, SWEET, GOD LOVING MAN YOU WILL NEVER MEET. WHILE WE WILL MISS HIM DEARLY WE KNOW HE IS NOW IN HEAVEN WITH HIS SAVIOR AND HOLDING THE HAND OF THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, YVONNE. OUR PRAYERS OF LOVE, COMFORT AND STRENGTH GO OUT TO THOSE WHO KNEW AND LOVED UNCLE JIM.

Steve Young

September 11, 2020

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for CW4 Vaughn's 28 years of service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Edie Emory

September 11, 2020

So sorry to hear of Grampy's passing.
Sending hopes for peace and rest for the family.

With my love and deepest sympathy,
Edie

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