Lebron Philip Vaughan, 5th son and 10th child of John Wesley & Edna (Brock) Vaughan, was born January 5, 1941 on Arthur Sanders place on a bluff, overlooking the old Sanders School in rural Stilwell, OK. After a brief, sudden illness, he passed from this life to be with his Lord, July 13, 2021 at the age of 80 years, 6 months, 8 days.
He attended Whitmire Elementary School alongside his future wife Patricia Marylin Best and graduated from Stilwell High School in 1958. Shortly after graduation in July 8, 1958 he enlisted in the US Navy.
His initial assignment was as parachute rigger but later he became an Aviation Electrician. He was stationed at various stateside ports and toured on various ships including USS Franklin D Roosevelt, USS Seattle, & USS Kearsarge. While on the USS Kearsarge, he earned his Vietnam Veteran status. He earned many ribbons and medals including four good conduct ribbons represented by gold stripes on his uniform.
In May 1960, he took a short leave to return home and marry his high school sweetheart, Patricia Marylin Best. Both their mothers, Edna Vaughan and Edna Doyle, were consenters & witnesses as they were both underage.
While stationed at NAS Fallon, NV, the first of two daughters, Susan Annette Vaughan was born in Churchill County Hospital. Their second daughter, Sharon Patricia Vaughan was born in Paul Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, while stationed at NAS Lakehurst NJ.
He was proud to serve his country until September 8, 1976, when he retired with 20 years of accredited service, with a rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. After retirement ,he moved his family to Westville where he diligently worked to improve the local community. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3698; member of DAV Post 531; library board member; member of Westville Improvement Club (responsible for bringing in a Dr to the Westville Medical Clinic and a Dentist to Westville); Rural Water Board Member (working tirelessly bringing rural water to local residents); substitute teacher at Westville High School; service officer for DAV & VFW (helping veterans and their families); and was an active member of the Westville Church of Christ, after becoming a Christian, January 1993.
He attended Northeastern State University graduating in May 1985 alongside his two daughters and his son-in-law. He completed a BS with a double major in Industrial Technology and Business.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Richard & Edna Doyle, Brothers, Ed Vaughan, Tommy Vaughan, & Willis Vaughan; Sisters, Elsie Smallen, Sarah Heustis, Catherine Coombes, & Naomi Stephenson.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Marylin Vaughan of the home; daughter, Dr. Susan Annette Vaughan of Siloam Springs, AR, daughter, Sharon Patricia Whitten and husband, Officer Kerry Whitten of Sand Springs, OK; Grandchildren, Christopher Allen Philip Whitten, US Navy, Tiffanie Lynn Barto-Silva and husband James Keith Silva, Mannford, OK, Madeleine Hope Vaughan, Siloam Springs, AR; Great-Grandchildren, Waylyn Archer Barto and Nadia Ollie Silva; Brother, Wallace (Red) Vaughan and wife, Marilyn of Claremore, OK; Sister, Dora Coombes and husband, Ira Coombes, Stilwell, OK; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
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