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LEE H. VAUGHN age 78 of Quartzsite, AZ, passed away Saturday evening, April 5, 2008 at the Plaza DelRio Hospice Center, Peoria, AZ. Diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform brain cancer in the fall of 2007, BORN / EARLY YEARSHe was born November 13, 1929 in Princeton, IL, the sixth child of Lisle S. and Theresa (Holroyd) He attended schools in Tiskilwa, IL and joined the National Guard while in high school. MILITARY: Called into active duty during the Korean Conflict, Lee was trained as a cook in Indiana and was stationed in California and later in Ft. Lewis Washington where he was discharged with the rank of First Sergeant. OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY On returning to the mid-west, Lee worked at the Huntoon Stables in Sugar Grove. MARRIAGE & FAMILYOn March 6, 1954, he met Alverna Jean Bateman on a blind date. On December 28 of that same year, they were wed at the Elburn Community Congregational Church, UCC. As much as Alverna was an interior decorator and Lee was "Mr Fix-it" they remodeled several homes together through the years. Lee’s skills found work in a variety of industries in the area including: the Elburn Packing Company and Haish Meats, Hinckley, IL, where he was also a partner. He worked for the Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co., Kaneville, IL, K&K Well Drilling, Yorkville, IL and Van Dee Manufacturing, Batavia, IL as well as Play-A-Day Beach at Lake in the Ozarks, MO.In October of 1992 Lee and Alverna moved to Surprise, AZ. At Sunflower, he was active in the wood shop, creating beautiful crafts from Illinois Bateman Grove Walnut. In his years there, Lee also helped build a new and better shop and served as club treasurer as well. MEMBERSHIPSHe was a Life Member and Past Commander of the Daniel Simpson American Legion Post #630, Elburn , IL, a member of the B.P.O. Elks #2559, Sun City, AZ and was awarded a life membership in the Lapidary Silver club. Lee believed deeply that we are all here for a purpose and that we should leave each place, be it a job, a campsite or a home, better for our having been there. To his credit, Lee lived and died with that philosophy. SURVIVORS Lee is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Alverna,One son, Robert Lee Vaughn of Surprise, AZ;One daughter: Valerie Vee Vaughn-Adams of Romeoville, ILTwo granddaughters:Elizabeth Anne (Joel) Vaughn Williamson of Mount Joy, PA, Lance Cpl. Ashley N. Adams, U.S. Marine Corps, Okinawa, Japan;One great granddaughters: Ava Jean Williamson; Three brothers:Clifford Vaughn,Willis (Loretta) Vaughn andLisle S. (Sharon) Vaughn Jr.; Two sisters:M. Jean Barker andRuth E. Wood;Two brothers-in-law:David (Carol) Bateman andRoland (Stevie) Bateman; As well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. MEMORIAL A memorial has been established in Lee’s name to benefit the Hospice of Arizona, the Daniel Simpson American Legion Post #630, Elburn and the Benevolent Order of Elks as well as other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Lee Vaughn Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at www.conleycare.com.
Memorial Service 11:00 am
Visitation 9:00am to 10:45 am. at Conley Funeral Home.