More detail on this person: Vaughn C.
Emerson, age 91, went home to be with his Lord
and Savior Friday afternoon August 2. There he is
joining his beloved wife of 60 years, Enid, who is
also God's child.
He was born the youngest of four children in Quincy, Illinois and grew up in Lewistown, Missouri. He is survived by sons, Daryl (Michele) and Tom, grandchildren Ryan (Abby), Amanda, Jennifer (Raphael), Jerry (Jennifer), Aubrey (Heath), and great grandchildren, Maya, Corinne, Brandon, Dorian, Damion, Daniel, Jacob, Emma and MacKenzie.
Vaughn served his country during World War II in Europe in Patton's Third Army. He saw action during the battle for Metz as an infantryman and mortar crew leader in the 95th Division, the "Iron Men of Metz", capturing a crucial bridge across the Saar River and the campaign through the Ruhr Valley. He re-enlisted after the war, courted and married Enid in Kansas City, and became an officer and Army aviator of both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. His assignments took him and family to Maryland, Germany, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, Japan, Connecticut and finally back to St. Louis. Interrupting his years in St. Louis was a 1967-68 tour in Viet Nam commanding a battalion which maintained helicopters for the 1st Air Cavalry.
While in St. Louis he took his family on unforgettable summer trips camping in Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains with the family of his oldest brother Dan. He also loved being able to make the short trip back to Lewistown visiting and helping his parents on long weekends.
Retiring from the Army in 1971, Vaughn built a home in Waynesville, Missouri and began catching many of the fish in Missouri's lakes, rivers and streams. He also enjoyed working in his woodshop, playing golf with friends, growing tomatoes and pole beans, and volunteering in the service of veterans at the Ft. Leonard Wood hospital. He made his way to Springfield in 1996. For many years he drove veterans to doctor appointments as distant as Kansas City and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Driving around the Springfield area with him, he pointed out the homes of men he had taken to VA clinics recalling their personal situations. One of Enid's passions being genealogy, Vaughn would find a way to add visits with family and longtime friends on frequent excursions to far-flung cemeteries and courthouses.
A visitation at 2:00 PM and memorial service at 3:00 PM will be held Saturday Sept. 10 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E. Seminole St., Springfield, MO. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Vaughn's name to the Disabled American Veteran's at www.cst.dav.org or by mail to DAV Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.
Published in the News-Leader from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2016
This information was last updated 09/30/2016
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