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Harold D. Vaughn

November 19th, 1922 – December 26th, 2016

Harold D. Vaughn, 94, of Canton, formerly of Astoria, passed away at 7:45 pm on Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 19, 1922 in Ipava, the son of Guy and Leona (Smith) Vaughn. Harold married Betty Opper on January 1, 1942 in Kahoka, MO. She preceded him on death on January 2, 2015.

Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Sandra Sue Vaughn.

Survivors include his son, Gene (and Judy) Vaughn of Washington, 2 grandchildren, Suzie (and Kevin) Root and Mike (and Rebecca) Vaughn, 5 great-grandchildren, Karsen, Rhys, and Owen Root and Carly and Ella Vaughn and his sister, Dorothy Carver of Garland, TX.

Harold started as a barber in 1946, working first for his dad. He barbered until the age of 90.

Harold was a corporal in U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines.

He was a member of the Astoria American Legion, Vermont Masonic Lodge and the Astoria United Methodist Church. He also served on the Astoria School Board. Harold liked to play golf and fish. He enjoyed camping which included going on a camping trip to Minnesota for 2 weeks every summer. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and was a diehard Cubs fan.

Services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Vince Opper will be officiating and the Vermont Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic services. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in the Astoria Cemetery in Astoria, with military rites provided by the Astoria American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Astoria United Methodist Church or the South Fulton Athletic Boosters.


December 27th, 2016

So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I can remember him cutting my Dads hair Hardin(Footsie)Ray or just finding my Dad sitting in the barber shop talking,or as we called it (gossiping)lol. Harold use to always tease me about getting a chauffeur's cap after Dad had to stop driving and I took him everywhere,even to Harolds barber shop whether he needed a haircut or not. Harold and his wife were very kind people and good friends of my family. They leave behind some very fond memories for me.

December 27th, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Harold and Betty were so much a part of our little community and we have very fond memories of both.

December 28th, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He cut my Dad's hair for many many years. Harold's was the place to be for catching up on the local happenings. Wonderful couple! JoEllen Myers Doyle

December 28th, 2016

Suzi and family, so sorry for your loss. May your sweet memories of your dear grandpa bring you much joy and peace. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Diane Swartz

December 28th, 2016

So sorry to read of Harold's passing. What a guy!! He and your Mom were so dear to us. What great neighbors they were to Mid and us. Now they will be together again! Thoughts and prayers!
Don and Dotty Evans

December 28th, 2016

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He and Betty were very special people to our family/// God speed...Gene and Judy and family...The Biesenthals

December 28th, 2016

I have many wonderful memories of both Harold and Betty. I am Wayne Pollitt's oldest granddaughter and spent many hours fishing with Harold in Minnesota. Here's to a life well lived! Melissa Timson Flanagan

December 28th, 2016

Dear Family,
I would like to send my condolences. It can be extremely difficult to lose a loved one. That is why I wanted to share the hope found in the bible, the hope of the resurrection. Jesus stated at John 5:28,29 "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will come out." And at Revelation 21:3,4 it states that there will be a time when "...death will be no more."
These scriptures give us hope for the future as respects to our dead loved ones. Those scriptures have brought comfort to me and I hope it does the same for your family.
With Love,

January 9th, 2017

Harold was a good friend and a great person to know. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by the entire community.
Delbert L. Fairburn

February 5th, 2018

So sorry for your loss.Harold cut my hair when we lived in Astoria.Always told me good luck this week.Ken Ward