We mourn the loss today of beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, Larry L. Vaughn, who passed peacefully holding the hand of the love of his life and wife of over 60 years, Sibyl Vaughn.
Larry is survived by Sibyl and a loving family: three children, Melissa Schwartz, Mark Vaughn and Melinda Martin; son-in-law Brian Martin; two sisters, Mary Lou Daring and Phylis Yingling; eight grandchildren, Noah and Eli Schwartz, Jenny Bergonia, Jesse and Jocelyn Grigsby, and Landon, Evan and Eliina Vaughn; and three great-grandchildren, Cade, Sage and Easton.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary (Mahlie) Vaughn.
The course of his full and happy life was set, when at 18 years old, he asked Sibyl Wentling to go steady with him. Lucky for him, she said “yes” and it was all roses (and diapers) from that point on! Actually, his true lucky day was when his family moved to Carey from Bucyrus, making him one of the few young men in town that Sibyl was not directly related to, dramatically increasing his chances with her.
From his days on the gridiron at Carey High School, to being married with three children by the age of 21, Larry worked hard and excelled at all he did. He had a long and successful career at Western Southern Life Insurance Co., earning many awards and accolades over the years. After many years working and raising the family away from home, they finally retired and moved back to Carey. Home again, he and Sibyl (because it was always ‘Larry and Sibyl’ together) became active and involved members of Grace United Methodist Church, reading liturgy, helping with dinners and other church activities, reaching out to anyone in need. Larry was also a dedicated, passionate member and a past master of the Carey Lodge of the Freemasons. He never would tell us what he did exactly, but it all seemed very mysterious and wonderfully cool.
Larry also had many interesting hobbies over the years. If he couldn’t be great at it, he didn’t bother, so you can be sure he kicked butt at all of the following: golf, bridge, pool, refinishing furniture, fishing, hunting (killing squirrels specifically), cooking squirrels, and occasionally, bread making. He also had an uncanny rapport with animals and was known for turning otherwise benign cats and dogs into cranky, snarling and yet somehow completely loveable little ‘mini-me’s.’ Anyone who saw his ‘conversations’ with Pippen knows what we are talking about here.
Larry Vaughn, our wonderful, lovable and sometimes cranky curmudgeon, we will love and miss you forever and a day! We rejoice in his life well lived, share our cherished memories of him and are forever grateful and blessed to have had him in our lives.
A private graveside service will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Carey, with the Rev. James Sharrett officiating. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at a later date.
Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey has been entrusted with Larry’s care and services.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stombaughbatton.com.