OBITUARY

Donald Don Leroy Vaughan Sr.

March 24, 1935November 15, 2010

Donald L. “Don” Vaughan, Sr., 75, of Kansas City, KS, passed away Monday, November 15, 2010 at K U Medical Center. Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 19th at the Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home. Friends may call after 1 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the American Cancer Society. Don was born March 24, 1935 in Kansas City, KS to Ralph A. and Dorothy I. (Moore) Vaughan. He served as an Aviation Machinist for the U. S. Navy for 30 years, including service in the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. Don earned many commendations during his career in the Navy, including The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, and the Navy Unit Commendation, before his retirement in 1973. After his service in the Navy, Don was a Truck Driver and Dispatcher for Deffenbaugh Disposal Service, a Building Maintenance Specialist for Brookstone Apartments, a Mechanic for Jim Clark Auto in Lawrence, KS, and he most recently worked for Wright Liquor Store in Kansas City, KS. He was a member of American Legion Post #199 and a past VFW member. Don enjoyed woodworking, making furniture, fishing, and spending time at Argosy Casino. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Velma Ruth Vaughan, and 1 son, Donald Vaughan, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Linda Vaughan of the home; 1 son, Michael Vaughan of Gardner, KS; 1 daughter, Colleen Pellett of Ft. Scott, KS; 5 brothers, Ralph Vaughan of Chula Vista, CA, Clifford Vaughan of Kincaid, KS, John Vaughan of Oak Grove, MO, David Vaughan of Hays, KS, and John J. Vaughan of Castle Rock, CO; and 1 sister, Martha Wilmouth of Shawnee, KS. Also left behind to cherish his memory are 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 3 step-children, Melinda Fletcher, Patrick Fletcher, and Jason Fletcher; 3 step-grandchildren; and 3 step-great-grandchildren. Arrangements under the direction of Chapel Hill - Butler Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, November 19, 2010
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Donald Don Leroy Vaughan Sr.

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Patrick & Bibs Fletcher

November 27, 2010

May Don's soul rest in peace as he is back in God's arms once again.

Eugene Vaughan

November 23, 2010

I remember as a kid making the long trip from Chula Vista to visit Uncle Don and Aunt Velma when they were stationed at Port Hueneme. I spent my time playing with cousins Donnie and Colleen. They were very happy times for me.

Colleen Pellett

November 23, 2010

To my father, I love you and already miss you. My dad was one of the bravest men in my life I have ever known. I am very proud of my dad serving in the Navy. I had a great childhood, living all over the country, meeting new people, I had alot of great experiences I would not have had otherwise. He was a good father, husband, brother, uncle & friend. My dad told you the way it was and that was it! I miss you & will always love you, my heart is just broke. I will see you someday again.
Love your daughter, Colleen

Colleen Pellett

November 23, 2010

My Dad, where do I begin?? I love him with all my heart.. He was a very brave and dedicated man and showed this everyday. I am so proud of him for serving in the military, wow what a childhood I had! I saw so many places, met so many people over the years. I always felt safe moving because I knew my dad would take care of us & he did. I cannot say how much I will miss him, I feel my heart is broke. He was a good family man, father, brother, son, uncle & husband. I love you Dad & already miss you...... your daughter Colleen

Martha Wilmoth

November 19, 2010

My brother, Don, was a very good person. I remember when I was only 6 or7, he bought me my first doll at the Gardner Grocery store in Morris. That was one of the best Christmas's I ever had. My younger brother, David, and I lit the candles when he married Ruth. I will always love and respect him, and I will miss him so much. I love you, Don.

November 19, 2010

What a wonderful service record. Your family should be so proud of all
those commendations. Janie Painter

rebecca wright

November 19, 2010

It was a privilage to be able to work alongside Don at my family's liquor store the past 4yrs. He was very much like a grandfather figure to me, sometimes even an overprotective father. (I mean that in a GOOD way!) He was always very concerned about my well being and safety while there. He never liked to see me work too hard or do too much, because that meant I wasn't leaving anything for him to do! We would butt heads PLENTY - (go figure, we are both two stubborn peas in a pod!) but it only made us grow closer to each other. One of my fondest memories of Don was the morning I gave birth to my first child. I insisted on coming in to work while having steady contractions (although I couldn't have told you then & there that's what was going on!) and he told me I better get going back home cause it sounded to him like I was getting ready to have my baby. Of course, I looked at him like he was crazy, and that he just probably didn't want me there interfering with his day's work, so I did just that. Three hours later, I delivered my baby girl! We had to call him first thing and of course, got the "I TOLD YOU SO!" Since then, he's always loved to see her when I brought her in to visit. He was loved my SO many customers at the store, to where when I would be working and he wasn't there, it was always "Where's Don? or How's Don?" That is not an easy question to answer to his MANY fans at this time, but the answer is easy...he is where he has earned his place.. in heaven...and I'm sure he's enjoying an endless amount of COLD Budweiser! We all love you so much...you will be missed - Rebecca Wright

Jason

November 19, 2010

You have been my teacher and my father!

Jason

Jason

November 19, 2010

To my stepfather, Daddy Don,

The greatest day in my life was when you and my mother fell in love with each other, for I knew that her well-being would be in your loving hands, and that I, her son, would know that she found love again.

She had this glow about her that I had never seen before when you and she fell in love.

And for that I will never forget you.

I love you, Don.

Your son, Jason

Mindi

November 19, 2010

My stepdad met alot to me. We spent many of nights staying up talking about all kind of things. No matter what I was going through, he would always tell me that it would be alright.
Sometime I would go with him to wyandotte county lake with him and he would tell me all kinds of stories. I loved his stories. He was like a dad to me. I will miss him very much. I am so proud to of had him in my life. Everyone always said that he would let me have what ever I wanted. All I had to do is ask. And I loved to cook for him. I will miss that very, very much. I love you my Donny.