James “Jim” Lee Vaughn of Steelville, Missouri was born Wednesday, December 2, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri to Albert Lee and Anna Elizabeth Hutson Vaughn and passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 17 days.
On February 11, 1966 in St. Louis, Missouri he married Joyce Driemeyer in the Bellefontaine Baptist Church.
Jim was raised in St. Louis and attended the Nazarene Church where he made a profession of faith at an early age.
After he and Joyce got married, he joined Bellefontaine Baptist Church. He attended Southern Illinois University for two years and in 1966 he enlisted in the U.S Air Force serving our country honorably.
During his years in the St. Louis area, he was a produce buyer for A&P grocers, a Fireman, and later became one of the very first certified paramedics in the state.
Jim and Joyce moved the family outside Steelville, Missouri in 1976. At that time, they joined First Baptist Church in Steelville, Missouri.
Jim worked in real estate for a while, taught Science at the middle school and worked in the USGS office in Rolla for over 20 years before retirement.
Jim served on the board of Soil and Water Conservation, was a member of the Ozark Trail Blazers, and served on the board of the Steelville Telephone Company.
He loved the outdoors whether raising cattle, riding horses, hunting anything on the farm, or traveling to Colorado to Elk hunt with his buddies.
His wishes were to be buried in a wood casket made by his brother, Dennis, and he will be.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Anna Elizabeth Vaughn; in-laws, Clarence and Bonnie Driemeyer; and brother-in-law, Jerry Emerson.
He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Joyce Vaughn of Steelville, Missouri; five children, Paula (Scott) Stice of Steelville, Missouri, Laura (Keith) Ruether of Lebanon, Missouri, Jason (Keli) Vaughn of Bolivar, Missouri, Ellen (Craig) Lauer of Arnold, Missouri and Jared (Ashley) Vaughn of Bolivar, Missouri; 15 grandchildren, Katie Stice, Jessica (Heath) Turnbough, Rachel (Joshua) Woodall, Kara (Kalem) Copling, Michael (Carly) Ruether, Heather (Antwaun) Lewis, Erica Vaughn, Joshua Vaughn, Nathanael, Isaiah, Naomi, Lydia and Gideon Lauer, Anna and Austin Vaughn; two great grandchildren, Elaina and Elissa Turnbough with one Ellianna Lewis on the way at any time; one brother, Dennis (Robin) Vaughn, one sister, Carolyn Emerson of St. Charles, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Bonnie (Lynn) Heying; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Roberts Cemetery, Roberts Cemetery Road, Salem, Missouri with Rev. Rick Haggett officiating. Special music of “Amazing Grace” was sung by all. A special tribute to Jim was done by John Fester flying over the services in his vintage Air Force plane.
Full military honors were held immediately following the service by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.
Casket bearers were Scott Stice, Keith Ruether, Craig Lauer, Jared Vaughn, Jason Vaughn and Dennis Vaughn.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.