June 16, 1939 - Aug. 9, 2013
GOSHEN - Herbert L. Vaughn, 74, died Friday evening, Aug. 9, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, after a 10-month illness.
He was born June 16, 1939, in Kemper County, Miss., to William and Lena Beatrice (Eldridge) Vaughn.
On July 8, 1960, he married Elizabeth Moore.
She survives, along with a daughter, Sylvia (Paul) Sawatsky of Minneapolis; a son, Kevin (Melissa) Vaughn of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, Micah, Matthew, Eliza, Andrea and Benjamin; five sisters, Margaret Cowsert of Colon, Mich., Peggy Higginbotham of Macon, Miss., Patsy Witt of Elkhart, Deborah (McCoy) Phillips of Black Hawk, Miss., and Kathy (Jimmy) Bowlin of Greenwood, Miss.; and three brothers, William "Pete" (Phyllis) Vaughn of Bruce, Miss., Bobbie (Carolyn) Vaughn of Millersburg and Tommy (Diane) Vaughn of Elkhart.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael, on June 29, 1985, and a brother, Claude Fletcher Vaughn.
Herb led a very active life. As a young man, Herb served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He began his working career locally at Goshen Case, which later became Modular Technologies, working eventually to become plant manager. He retired in 2001 as plant engineer after 41 years of service to MTS.
A very accomplished gardener, Herb continued a long family tradition of nurturing a large vegetable truck patch and flower garden. Family and friends often marveled over the high quality and abundance of vegetables from his garden, which he generously shared with everyone. An avid outdoorsman, Herb enjoyed hunting deer and small game and freshwater fishing. Raising Redbone Coonhounds was a life-long passion. He was very well known among national and international coonhunter circles, the American Coonhunters Association and the United Kennel Club for producing champion Redbone Coonhounds within their annual competitions.
Herb came to love the Lord early in his life and his strong faith sustained him. He loved his country, church, friends and fellow coonhunting enthusiasts; but most of all, he loved his family. Herb was very proud of all his grandchildren, upon whom he showered his devotion, and especially enjoyed his time fishing with them.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Goshen. The Rev. Louis Showers and Dr. Gregg Lanzen will officiate.
Burial will follow at Violett cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to First Baptist Church, Goshen, or Faith Mission, Elkhart.