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Charles H. "Charlie"

Charles H. Vaughn, age 68, of Port Clinton, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly in home due to natural causes, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. He was born March 17, 1946, to William and Lela (McCarty) Vaughn. He was a graduate of Bedford High School and the University of Toledo. Charlie married Tamara Zedlitz on November 21, 1992.

Charlie entered the 180th Fighter Wing when he was selected for Pilot Training. After a short teaching career at Erie Mason High School he was hired as a Flight Instructor at the 180th Fighter Wing, where he held numerous supervisory positions. While at 180 Fighter Wing for over 20 years, he flew the F-100, A-7, and F-16. He was selected as the National Guard Liaison to Operation Coronet Cove and was stationed in

Panama. He was selected as the Director of Operations at 121st Air Refueling Wing, Rickenbacher ANG Base in Columbus, Ohio where he flew the KC-135E. After 30 years of service to his country, he retired and became flight instructor for Flight Safety International and FAA Check Airman.

After retirement, he loved cruising around Lake Erie on his boat and spending the day fishing. He and his wife were real snowbirds and loved spending the winter months in Florida.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Tamara; mother, Lela; children, Tyson (Alicia) Vaughn, Tagan (Stephen) Buettner, Nicole (Brett) Lohman, and Maggie Chase (Dean); sisters, Kathrine (Joe) Vaughn Hurst and Lynn Vaughn Licata, and 9 grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father, William Vaughn, and brother, John Vaughn.

Family and friends may visit Monday, May 12, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St.

in Swanton (419.826.2631), where funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Deerfield, Michigan.

Memorial Contributions may be made payable to the 180th Fighter Wing, Family Readiness Fund, which supports families of deployed Unit Personnnel, 2660 S. Eber Rd., Swanton, OH 43558.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Published in Toledo Blade on May 10, 2014
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