Military veteran

Carl Eugene Vaughn, 88, was born on June 7, 1923, in West Frankfort, Ill. He passed away peacefully at home in Houston, Mo., on Jan. 29, 2012, following a short illness.

In 1941, following graduation from West Frankfort High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 30 years, retiring as Lieutenant Commander in 1971. During his naval career he served on numerous battleships and aircraft carriers, including the USS Saratoga, on which he participated in “Operation Crossroads,” the 1946 Atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. He traveled extensively, visiting many international ports and serving for two years in Venezuela. Military decorations include numerous commendations: two Navy Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals for 20 years, American Defense, American Area, WWII Victory, Asiatic-Pacific with 9 stars, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign with 10 stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1971, the family moved to Houston, Mo., where he was active in the development of the Houston VFW Post.

Carl was an active member of the Masonic Temple. On Sept. 8, 1960, he was raised Master Mason at North Chicago, Ill., Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma; stepfather, Logan Graves; his wife, Colleen; one daughter, Carol; and one granddaughter, Amanda. Survivors also include four children, Charles and Clayton, both of St. Louis, Mo., Colleen Erin of Washington, D.C., and Carl of Springfield, Mo.; two grandchildren, Emily and Alex Vaughn of Springfield, Mo.; and one brother, Ken of Springfield, Ill.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with Dr. Terry Snelling officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or The Animal Shelter of Texas County in his honor. Online condolences may be sent to

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