Armond "Sonny" Vaughn

March 9, 1929April 15, 2011

Armond Lellen “Sonny” Vaughn was born 3/9/29 in Picher Oklahoma, Son of George and Etta Luman. Sonny passed away 4/15/11 at Sacred Heart hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his Son Patrick Vaughn, sisters Leona, Elaine, Caroline and brother Robert. He is survived by his sister LaDonna Travis, Son Robert (Janine) Vaughn, Granddaughters - Dawn Jamros, Patricia Sauer, Laura Williams and Great Grandchildren - Devin, Jonah, Madison and Ethan. His struggles on this earth are now over. He lived his life as a loving, caring person who, if you knew him would give you anything and everything he could. Adored by his mother and father, he acquired many attributes of their personalities that made him the great man he was. Anxious to explore the world and experience his life’s adventures he found a way to enlist in the Navy at the young age of 17. He always was proud to be a “Navy Man”. Serving his time on the U.S.S. McKean “The Mighty Mac” then re-enlisting for another tour aboard the U.S.S. Begor during the Korean War where, as many other sailors of that era, was dealt the deadly card of breathing asbestos that rained down from the hulls of the ships when the huge guns were fired. That, among other health issues later in life, affected his quality of living and ultimately had a hand in his demise. But he never complained. Always seeing the bright side of any situation no matter how hard his life became enduring who or whatever obstacles were put in his journeys way. He was also a miner. Another example of the hard working, honest man he was. Sonny worked in the Silver Valley residing in Silverton Idaho, holding employment with the Galena or The Sunshine or Lucky Friday mines just to name a few. He would spend his free time in the Idaho and Montana mountains and rivers camping, hunting, fly fishing and raising his boys. Relocating to Spokane, Sonny changed professions to make a better life for his family and drove “Big Rigs” for many years… and he strived to be very best at it. His “Award Winning” trucks were always the cleanest, most skillfully maintained and well cared for in every way. As a “long haul” driver he could often spend weeks out “on the road” earning a living for his family. So when he got home, he made every minute count, pouring his attention and love into home, family and friends until the time he had to once again… get behind the wheel.. and leave to make his pay by the mile or the load. All this time, teaching his boys by example the rewards of hard work and dedication. As a father, Sonny was nurturing. Always right behind, to let you know, you always had someone to count on and be there. Giving you the support to be whatever it was you needed or wanted to be. No one could have had a better father. In the last year of his life, Armond resided at “Park Place” where he spent his time making friends, gardening the finest of tomatoes, watching old westerns or the “History Channel, keeping up on the “Mariners” and taking care of the kitties that roamed the grounds. He’d finally found “True, Unconditional Love” and was the happiest he’d ever been. A Service and Celebration of his life will be held Sunday, May 1st at 12:00 located at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home 1306 N. Pines Road. Interment will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Medical Lake WA. TBA


  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 1, 2011

Armond "Sonny" Vaughn

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Gwen (Gust) Huck

May 6, 2011

Uncle Sonny,
I will always remember your loving smile and your perfect hair. The kindness you gave to all of our family.
You will be MISSED.

Sharon Vaughn-Slawter

April 29, 2011

Grandpa ~ Although it has been years since I have seen you, you were always in my thoughts. The pictures shown remind me of the times spent with you. I remember riding with you in your truck when I was coming home from the Tri-Cities after visiting dad. We laughed all the way from Ritzville to Spokane about how dad looked in the rain on his motorcycle! You will be greatly missed by all those whose lives you touched. Rest in peace.

Julee (Gust) Posyluzny

April 26, 2011

So sorry to hear of Uncle Sonny's passing--what a loss he will be missed. I will always remember his kind gentle manner and smile. What a wonderful tribute to him and what a handsome sailor! I imagine him and Dad in heaven talking about the good old days on the road and exchanging Big Rig stories! I will always remember my ride home once from BYU in Uncle Sonny's truck. I was on that crazy Cambridge Diet and he offered to get me something to eat at every stop! That's just how he was! Love and prayers to the Family!

Lisa Dordick

April 26, 2011

Dear Sonny, I am truly sorry I did not get a chance to meet you, but Jeff's eyes sparkled with tales of your life. May you rest in peace and the good times you left behind inspire all you touched. Lisa Dordick (Jeff's girlfriend)

Victoria Trimmer

April 25, 2011

Sonny was a treasured family member, cherished for his quick smile, gentle soul and sincere kindness to others. Let's all carry a little of that sweet "Sonny" spirit with us as we move into the future. I'm richer for the honor of having known him.

Lena Dolezsar

April 25, 2011

Uncle Sonny,
Now you are in heaven and I want you to know how I will never forget my childhood memories in Montana camping. You you had such a wonderful soft soul and would do anything for anybody. Love, Lena (Gust) Dolezsar

Patti Sauer

April 21, 2011

Love you Papa. You will be in my heart forever.

Laura Williams

April 21, 2011

Rest and find peace as the angels have welcomed you into heaven.


April 21, 2011

My gentle, loving Papa you will always be with me.

Teresa Williams

April 20, 2011

For a true gentleman who touched my life in many ways.May you fly high on Eagles wings. love you Dad. Teresa