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Dave Vaughn died peacefully in his room at Westminster Canterbury on February 14, surrounded by his children and their spouses.

He was born in Oak Park Illinois in 1932 to Helen Hill Vaughn and William Edward Vaughn.  He is survived by his daughter Holly Vaughn-Edmonds and son Rob Vaughn, son-in-law Bill Edmonds, his daughter-in-law Margi Sanderson Vaughn and four grandchildren:  David Vaughn, Mariah Vaughn, Chris Edmonds and Drew Edmonds.

Because Dave’s father’s job with American Can Company led to multiple moves, Dave attended six schools in six consecutive years.  He entered Hackley Preparatory School where he loved the motto, “Enter here to be and find a friend.”  He and his wife spent their life living this motto.

At Hackley, Dave was an esteemed athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball.  He continued playing basketball at Hamilton College and for the Navy. He was also an avid golfer and a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Penn State Nittany Lions, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

He graduated from college in 1954 and enrolled in the Navy Officer Candidate School (as a First Lieutenant).  He served two years in Washington, DC with the National Security Agency.

In 1956, he was hired by J.L. Clark as a Management Trainee and retired in 1995.  During his sales career, Dave was honored twice as Salesman of the Year for his acquisition of accounts such as Nabisco, M&M, and Hershey Foods.

In 1959, Dave met his very spirited wife Mary Holmes Kauffman.  They were married in her “very hot and steamy living room” on August 20, 1960.  Two children, Holly and Rob, arrived two and four years later.  Dave and Mary Holmes raised their family in Lancaster Pennsylvania, where Dave was involved in Highland Presbyterian Church as an Elder for many years.  He also volunteered for the Lancaster Day Care Center and served on the Board for the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Dave loved Lancaster, in perticular the downtown market, the Amish fellowship, and the rolling farmland.

Dave will be remembered by his family.  His grandchildren describe him using these words: engaging and engaged, impeccable dressed, joyful, kind, compassionate and generous.

Donations can be made to the Samaritan Counseling Center at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, or Westminster Canterbury Foundation in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Susan Lauzon

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February 23, 2021

My husband Mike Lauzon worked at J L Clark with Dave and thought so highly of him. He was a wonderful and caring person. You have my deepest sympathy, may your memories help to bring you peace in your grieving. Sue Lauzon

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Dave Thomas

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February 23, 2021

Holly and Rob, Sarah and I were sorry to hear about your father’s passing, coming so soon after your mom. We spent a lot of time with your parents at Joe and Sally Breneman’s home over the years. I had the pleasure of working with your parents, and they were always so kind and gracious. Know that they will be missed, and thought of often. Please know we are thinking of you and your families. Dave and Sarah Thomas.

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Jim&Ginny Kleppinger

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February 23, 2021

For Rob & Holly and their families, We were so very sorry to read of your father’s death in our Lancaster paper. Your mother and father were dear friends . We will miss our annual trips to visit them in Lynchburg. In life they loved and supported each other in every activity. It seems only fitting they would depart this life together as well. With heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Ginny&Jim .

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Joyce Nall

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February 21, 2021

Holly and Rob, I knew your Mom and Dad when my husband, George and I lived in Lancaster. They were both wonderful people and were so accepting of us as newcomers. Mary Holmes and I were fellow Kentuckians. Please accept my sincere condolences . Sincerely, Joyce Phillips Nall

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Sandy and Gary Ccross

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February 21, 2021

Dear Holly and Rob, Our prayers are offered tp you and your family in losing your Dad too. We enjoyed your parents so much when they lived in Lancaster. I was so tickled at how your Dad liked to read to the little ones at the Day Care Center. They had such a fondness for one another and for life itself. Love, Sandy and Gary Cross

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Bob & Joan McComsey

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February 21, 2021

We worked with Dave at J.L.Clark for many years, he was a true gentleman. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family.

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Karen King

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February 21, 2021

I worked with Dave at J. L. Clark. I was the Sales Dept Secretary from 1980-1990. He was always a gentleman and a very nice person. Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. Rest in peace. Prayers to the family.

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Ellen Simpson

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February 21, 2021

Dear Holly and Rob - I am another one blessed to have known and loved your parents here in Lancaster. I am a Kappa sister of your mom’s and the wit, wisdom and warmth each of them shared through the years is valued and cherished. I will remember them always and am holding you and yours close to my heart.

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Leah Harness

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February 21, 2021

My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Vaughn family. I didn't know Mr. Vaughn, but I know his daughter-in-law Margi and her and Rob's daughter Mariah. I know both of them from their involvement at Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum. I hope and pray that the entire family can keep his memory and that of his late wife, alive by telling the stories and capturing the best memories that will bring you all comfort. Sincerely, Rev. Leah Harness

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Barb Fox McConnell

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February 21, 2021

Holly & Rob, so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. You probably don’t remember but Doug & I enjoyed getting together with your folks after we moved back to Lancaster, having known them from growing up in the Highland family. Such fond memories! Sending our condolences.

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Jim Hanna

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February 21, 2021

Dear Rob & Holly, I just discovered about Dave’s passing and have been sadly dealing with Mary Holmes death. I want you both to know how much your parents meant to me and so many others. I struggle to find the words to express my deep love for them both. As you both know your Mom was one of those who founded the Samaritan Center and your Dad served on the board. They will both always be alive in my heart. Love to you both. Jim Hanna

 

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