Eugene Dale Vaughan

Springfield, Oregon

December 9, 2020

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
82 Army Spc 4


 Served at Ft. Lewis From Agust 1, 1956 through July 31, 1959


Eugene Vaughan was born May 26, 1938 in Sweet Home Oregon. Gene grew up in the Sweet Home area where his parents ran a mill. Gene spent his childhood years going to school, playing around the mill and eventually working in the family business. Gene was driving a log truck by age 16. 

After graduating from Sweet Home High School; Gene entered military service, joining the US Army in 1955 where he served for the next 3 years. While Gene was away in the Army a girl from Sweet Home a few years behind him in school began to write letters to him, they became pen-pals, and when Gene returned home from his service in 1958 Gene and Mary were married. That marriage lasted for almost 60 years until Mary’s passing in 2017. 

For the next 30 years Gene drove a log truck. It was during these years that Gene and Mary began to grow their family, first Debbie, then Tami, Bill and then Melissa. The kids have fond memories of many camping trips, as well as helping others. Many Christmas seasons Gene, Mary and the kids would put together stockings for Vets in at the VA Hospital in Roseburg or take treats to area nursing homes. Gene was a giving person and wanted to instill that value in his children and grandchildren. 

Following a serious truck accident Gene went back to school and earned a degree in Construction Management. Gene and Mary then moved to Prineville to work for a number of years before coming here to Springfield where Gene finished out his career employed by Lane County. 

After retirement Gene got involved with woodworking and he and Mary joined the Holiday Rambler RV Club where they enjoyed RV trips with fellow travelers. An important part of Gene’s life was the Patriot Guard Riders. Gene was a Ride Captain and would organize various missions to honor fallen veterans. Gene and Mary were faithful members of the Garden Way Church where they were involved with the Sr. Adult Wednesday Bible Study group. 

Gene deeply loved family and family gatherings. The kids remember his silliness around the grandkids and the deep joy he expressed when each grandchild was born. 

After a lengthy battle with various health issues Gene passed from this world on December 9, 2020 at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary and is survived by his 4 children Debbie, Tami, Bill and Melissa, as well as many grandchildren. 

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January 9, 2021

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