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James "Jim" Lee Vaughn

December 2, 1942 ~ January 19, 2021 (age 78)

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James “Jim” Lee Vaughn of Steelville, Missouri passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 17 days. Jim was born Wednesday, December 2, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri to Albert Lee Vaughn and Anna Elizabeth Hutson Vaughn. On February 11, 1966 in St. Louis, he was united in marriage to Joyce Driemeyer in the Bellefontaine Baptist Church and to this marriage two sons and three daughters were born. 

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 & Joyce moved the family outside Steelville in 1976 to his grandfather’s farm. At that time, they joined First Baptist Church in Steelville. Jim was a faithful member of the church serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Director, an RA leader, a bus driver, a greeter, and a choir member. 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.  He was also a lifetime farmer who loved taking care of his land and the animals. 

Jim was a Gideon who wanted to see lives changed through the Word of God. He 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.  He had many stories to tell of his experiences. While stationed in Idaho, Jim followed a bear into a cave meeting him face to face on the way out – that bear is now on the wall.  

Jim loved following his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events through their childhood. He loved God, his family, his church, and his country. 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; by his in-laws, Clarence and Bonnie Driemeyer; and brother-in-law, Jerry Emerson. 

He will be sadly missed by his wife of almost 55 years, Joyce Vaughn of Steelville, MO; his five children, Paula (Scott) Stice of Steelville, MO, Laura (Keith) Ruether of Lebanon, MO, Jason (Keli) Vaughn of Bolivar, MO, Ellen (Craig) Lauer of Arnold, MO and Jared (Ashley) Vaughn of Bolivar, MO; fifteen 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, MO; one sister-in-law Bonnie (Lynn) Heying; other relatives; and many friends.  

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Roberts Cemetery, Roberts Cemetery Road, Salem, MO 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.

Honored to be casket bearers were Scott Stice, Keith Ruether, Craig Lauer, Jared Vaughn, Jason Vaughn and Dennis Vaughn. 

The Vaughn Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Gideon's International, Meramec Camp #U24120, P.O. Box 302, Sullivan, MO  63080 or FBC Arnold, "One Less Orphan", 2012 Missouri State Road, Arnold, MO  63052. Please ear mark on the memo line "One Less Orphan."

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Graveside Service
January 23, 2021

2:00 PM
Roberts Cemetery
Roberts Cemetery Road
Salem, MO 65560

Interment following graveside service
January 23, 2021

3:00 PM
Roberts Cemetery
Roberts Cemetery Road
Salem, MO 65560


Gideons International - Gideons-Meramec Camp
P.O. Box 302, Sullivan, MO 63080,

FBC Arnold "One Less Orphan"
2012 Missouri State Road, Arnold MO 65560

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