Donald Morris Vaught, 81, left the family home on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, 2013, to join his Father in Heaven.
He was born Aug. 12, 1932, to Lawrence William and Ada Olive (Baughman) Vaught on the family farm east of Whiteland, where he was raised with his brother, Robert H. (RoseMary) Vaught of Whiteland, and sister, Betty (the late James) Tinkle of Greenwood.
Don graduated in 1951 from Clark High School, where his classmate relationships have continued throughout his life.
He married Virginia Ann (Dougherty) Vaught 61 years ago on Sept. 19, 1952, at Rocklane Christian Church. He has been a member there since 1956, serving as a deacon, property committee chairman and in general maintenance and was a willing servant during renovations throughout the years.
From 1952 to 1954, he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge.
He built his family’s home on a portion of the original family farm where all six of their children were raised: Dorothea (Garry) Reimer of Greenfield, Rhonda (David) Glaze of Whiteland, Belinda “Susie” (Jeff) Kamstra of Indianapolis, Donanna (Kenneth) Duncan of Whiteland, Ronald Morris Vaught of New Whiteland and Regina (Brian) Day of Greenwood.
Don retired from Chrysler Foundry as a line foreman after 33 years of service.
His life was blessed with 17 grandchildren, Heather Welch, Josh, Donovan, Joseph and Cory Reimer, Ryan and Brad Glaze, Davina (Glaze) Tompkins, Jack and Donald “Ray” Kamstra, Nicole and Jared Duncan, Devin Vaught, Brandon Gonterman, Tyler Derringer, Garrett and Larissa Day; and 15 great-grandchildren; five nieces and one nephew, Brenda Smith and Mary Patrick of Whiteland, Shirley Holtz of Greenwood, Cynthia Blowers of Anderson, Larry McIntire of Greenwood and Sherrie Isbel of Ohio; four cousins, David Baughman of Whiteland, Pam (Vaught) Lee of Florida, and Diane (Vaught) Harris and Diane (Elkins) Davidson, who are both deceased.
He truly valued and loved family and friends.
He was always busy with chores around the house and farm, doing what he would call piddlin’. Most evenings in his later years were spent playing euchre with three different groups: his friends in their homes, at the Nineveh Senior Citizens Center and the Masonic Lodge in Franklin.
We will miss you Dad.
The Rev. Rob Keaton will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Friday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rocklane Cemetery near Greenwood.
Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.