[gn_heading style=”1″]Calvin Vaughn[/gn_heading]
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Calvin Vaughn, 87, of Billings went home to be with the Lord on May 14th at St. John’s Lutheran Home with family at his side. He was born November 22, 1922 in Washington, OK to Claude and Hattie Vaughn.
After growing up around Oklahoma City and Newcastle, OK he graduated from Newcastle High School in 1941. In July of that same year he volunteered for the military (Army) and served in WW II until 1945 as an airplane mechanic and infantry sergeant in England.
Shortly after returning from WW II, he married Norma Jean Norton (also from Newcastle, OK). Calvin and Jean had five children and were married 52 years until her death in 1999. He then married Norma Thomas and they enjoyed seven years together.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Eugene; sister, Lois; wife, Jean; and son, Gary Allen
Calvin is survived by his wife, Norma of Billings; his brothers Virgil (Charlene) Vaughn of Stigler, OK and Lloyd (Ann) Vaughn of TX; son Bill (Nancy) Vaughn of Lafayette, CO; his daughters Jeanetta (Alan) Jarratt of Billings, Janice (Mark) Krenzke) of Nenana, AL and Donna (Ross) Riphenburg of Fairbanks, AL; grandchildren Tracy (John) Arledge and Josh (Becca) Vaughn of Grand Junction, CO; Jessica (David) Roan of Billings; Chris (Kathleen) Jarratt of Lakewood, WA; Matt Krenzke of Nenana, AK Rachael (Zach) Stohr of Anchorage, AK; Paul, Stephen and Siena Krenzke of Fairbanks, AK; Audra (Gordie) Vierck of Portland, OR; Laura Beth (Robert) Fugett of Fairbanks, AK; his great grandchildren Will and Maddie Hornsby, Katie and Taylor Arledge, Calvin, Jack, and Chloe Vaughn all of Grand Junction, CO; Boone and Trek Roan of Billings, MT; Isaac Jarratt of Lakewood, WA: Nichole and Jonathan Fugett of Fairbanks, AK; Natalie Stohr of Seattle, WA; Jocelyn and Hadley Vierck of Portland, OR. Also, he is survived by four step children: Bruce, Becky, Bonnie, and Bill.
Calvin was honorably discharged as a sergeant in Company D of the 276th infantry on Oct. 19, 1945. After his marriage to Jean, he attended Oklahoma State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science. His first job out of college was with the Pet Milk Co. in Joplin, MO. where he served as a Quality Control Field Man for four years. During this time he also served in the Navy Reserves. He then was recruited by Central Oklahoma Milk Producers to establish and direct a laboratory which tested for milk quality and dairy diseases. Calvin did this for twelve years and then was commissioned into the US Public Health Service after earning his Master’s degree in Environmental Health at Oklahoma University in 1966. He served as a sanitarian for the Indian Health Services in Winslow, AZ; Billings, MT; and Portland, OR. He retired in 1982 with over 29 years of military service.
His many interests included helping his church (Rimrock Baptist, now called Life Way Church), traveling in his motor home and reading Zane Gray novels. He retired in 1982 from the Public Health Service as a Captain where he was admired by his staff, friends, and co-workers as “The Silver Fox” Calvin was a loving, caring, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who always made his kids laugh when they would ask to go do something, and his stock answer would always be, “Let’s don’t and say we did.” Mostly “we did!”
He was affectionately called “Great Calvin” by his great grandson, Calvin.
The family would like to think the very kind and caring staff at The Vista and Unity Square at St. John’s. Calvin was treated with respect and dignity during his stay.
Visitation will be held from 1-5pm Sunday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM, May 17, 2010, at Life Way Church of Billings. Interment with Military Honors will be in Mountview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LifeWay Church or the Montana Rescue Mission in Billings.