William "Ray" Vaughan

Monday, December 28, 2015

William Ray Vaughan, 93, passed away on December 20, 2015, in Cassville, Missouri.

Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1922, in Bakersfield, Missouri, to James McClellan and Minnie Atkinson Vaughan. His family moved to rural Seminole, Oklahoma, when he was four years old, and he graduated from Mountain View High School near Seminole in 1940. While in high school he excelled in varsity basketball and baseball.

Ray married Cuma Brock on July 10, 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on November 23, 1942 and learned to assemble gliders while stationed in Sedalia, Missouri. He assembled the first dual controls on gliders. He traveled aboard the USS America to Sydney, Australia, from San Francisco and then traveled on to New Guinea. He accrued many hours of flying time as a co-pilot while stationed in New Guinea. He also served in combat zones on the Ie Shima Island, Japan and in the Philippines. In recognition of his service he received several medals and awards, including the Good Conduct Medal, Sharp Shooter Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Service Medal and seven bronze stars. He was discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps on October 31, 1945, with the rank of Corporal.

After returning from the war, Vaughan worked construction and with concrete. He went on to spend 31 years working for Exxon, retiring as its chief safety officer, traveling around the United States giving safety presentations at company posts.

He and Cuma made their home in Seminole where he worked as a driver for National Concrete Company. He later began work with Humble Oil Company (now known as Exxon Corp.), and his work took them to Ada, Bartlesville and finally Okemah, Oklahoma. While in Okemah he also served as a volunteer assistant for the boys' basketball team and took up basketball refereeing as a hobby, refereeing Junior High, Senior High and Junior College games. They moved to Cassville, Missouri, in 1984 upon Ray's retirement. In Cassville he continued his volunteer coaching at Cassville High School. In Cassville he was instrumental in the construction of a new Senior Citizen Center; serving as chairman of the building committee and president for several years.

Ray is survived by: one daughter, Donna Drew Fry of Owasso, Oklahoma; one son, Johnny Vaughan and his wife Shirley of Bartlesville; five grandchildren, Brent Vaughan and Tami of Edmond, Oklahoma, Greg Vaughan of Oklahoma City, Rachel Allyn and Philip of Tulsa, Jessica Kirkhuff of Riverton, Utah, and Jodi Steele and Caleb of Owasso; nine great-grandchildren, Kaley Vaughan of Rockwall, Texas, Abby Vaughan, Chloe Vaughan and Brennen Vaughan, of Oklahoma City, Austin Vaughan of Edmond, Jackson Steele, Elija Steele and Eden Steele of Owasso and Graham Allyn of Tulsa. He was preceded in death by Cuma Vaughan, his parents, brothers Austin Vaughan, Houston Vaughan and Carl Vaughan, and one sister, Alice Chestnut.

He was a member of the Mill Street Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 30, 2015, in Mill Street Church of Christ, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Ron Cowan will conduct the services. Burial with military honors will be in Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

A memorial has been established at Cassville Church of Christ, and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Ray may do so at: Mill Street Church of Christ, 1104 Mill Street, Cassville, Missouri 65625.

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EXTRA: For more about Vaughan's service in the war, visit http://www.cassville-democrat.com/story/2249061.html