CHARLESTON, IL – Gerald Kent “Jerry” Vaughn, age 81 of Charleston, passed away at home in the loving and comforting presence of his family on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Funeral Services honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Adams Funeral Chapel with Reverend Walter Carlson officiating. Services will begin with Masonic Services conducted by members and guests of Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 A.F. & A.M. Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Interment, with Military Rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592, will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. It is requested that memorial gifts in his honor be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel,
Jerry was born on July 18, 1931 in Charleston and was a son of the late Guy and Elizabeth Opal (Shriner) Vaughn. He married M. Charlene Schwartz on April 1, 1953 in Charleston and they have enjoyed fifty-nine years of friendship and marriage. In addition to Charlene, Jerry is survived by two loving and devoted daughters, Derinda Vaughn and Brenda (Vaughn) Schlaline and husband Bob, all of Wilmington, North Carolina; twin grandsons, Connor and Robbie Schlaline; and a sister-in-law, Pauline Vaughn of North Carolina. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Ann King and two brothers, Dale Vaughn and Wendell Dean Vaughn.
Jerry was a hard worker growing up on the family farm. Following high school he attained a Bachelors Degree in Business at Eastern Illinois University and was a United States Navy Veteran. For many years Jerry was employed at the Reasor Corporation as a Comptroller and Vice-President. He later accepted a position as Vice President with King City Federal Savings Bank based in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Jerry held membership at First Christian Church in Charleston where he and Charlene both sang in the choir. More recently they have attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. He was a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 A.F. & A.M. where he was a Past Worshipful Master; a member of the Ansar Shrine, Charleston Moose Lodge #1388, Charleston Elk B.P.O.E. #623; Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 and a former member of the Charleston Country Club where he would enjoy an occasional game of golf. Jerry was also a life member of the E.I.U. Alumni Association and served as President of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jerry spent a great deal of time outdoors as he truly enjoyed mowing and lawn work as well as gardening. He was blessed with a wealth of friends and he and Charlene enjoyed getting together with many of those friends for an evening of cards and fellowship. Jerry was a man of integrity and well-respected by many. He was a family man and his commitment to those he loved was apparent – he was always a good provider and was devoted to spending quality time with them. They enjoyed traveling as a family and for many years he and Charlene have joined other snowbirds in Ft. Myers Beach for the winter. He delighted in being a grandpa to Connor and Robbie and made the trip out East as often as possible to spend time with them.
Jerry was dearly loved by his family and many friends. He was a good and loving husband to Charlene, a loving and supportive father to Derinda and Brenda and a doting grandfather to Connor and Robbie - all their lives have been enhanced through their relationship with him. They will always treasure their many fond memories of Jerry and how he influenced their lives in such positive and memorable ways.
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