Thomas John Vaughn (T.J.) born February 11, 1918 to Albert and Viola Kegans Vaughn in Maysville, Oklahoma, passed away on November 10, 2003. He married Katherine Wagner Vaughn on September 6, 1942. They had two sons, Thomas J. Vaughn, Jr of Norman, OK and Don H. Vaughn of Yukon, OK. Katie's younger brother, Bill D. Wagner came to live with the family upon the death of his parents in 1954. Bill has three children, Donavan, Wade, and Anna. T.J. and Katie have four grandchildren, Laura Vaughn and Ryan Vaughn of Norman, Cliff Vaughn of Edmond, and Jill Mankin of Lantana, Texas. They have four great grandchildren. T.J. is a Honors Graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BA in chemistry and biology and was selected for membership to the Sigma Xi and Tri-Beta honorary fraternities. He retired after 30 years as a Territory Manager for Wyeth Pharmaceutical Laboratories. He was an active member and President of the Oklahoma Medical Service Society and was a charter member of the Village Lion's Club. He was also a founding member of both the Village United Methodist Church and the Northside YMCA, and served on the YMCA Camp Classen Committee. He served for 20 years on the Board of Adjustment of the City of the Village. T.J. was a lifelong Master Mason and served in many positions within the Siloam Lodge No. 276 in Oklahoma City. He continued in the Scottish Rite Consistory in Guthrie and India temple Shrine where he was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters and Director of the Greeters. After he and Katie moved to Lake Eufaula, T.J. became active in the Eufaula Masonic Lodge No. 1 where he served as Worshipful Master, and was also a member of the Bedouin Shrine Jestors in Muskogee. He received his KCCH from McAlester Consistory and was also Venerable Master of the McAlester Lodge of Perfection. T.J. served as a combat medic with the 10th Armored Division, 61st AIB Medical Detachment in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart with Cluster, the Combat Medic Badge, and the Bronze Star with Cluster for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, November 13, 2003, at the Village United Methodist Church, 2501 West Britton Road. Charitable contributions may be made to Lion Hospice of Oklakoma City or Village United Methodist Church. Baggerley Memorial Chapel 13313 N. Kelley, OKC (405) 755-1111
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 12, 2003