SMSgt Johnny Vaughn
February 5, 1932 – October 19, 2017
Johnny William Vaughn, 85, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Newport News at the Bon Secours St. Francis Nursing Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Vester Whitley Vaughn and Hassie Thacker Vaughn, four sisters, and three brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Naoko (Aburano) Vaughn; his daughters, Diane Vaughn (Prakash Patel) of Washington, D.C., Abby Brownell (Dave) of Newport News, VA, Jacki Petrovich (Mark) of Oviedo, FL, and Victoria Anderson (Shawn) of Cape Coral, FL. Johnny will forever be remembered by his treasured grandchildren: Aaron Brownell, James Shusta, Maya Patel, Patrick Shusta, Talia Anderson, Griffin Anderson, and Jon Anderson.
Born in Winfield, Alabama, Johnny enlisted in the US Air Force as a young man where he served for 28 years. He met Naoko Aburano while stationed in Japan, and they were married at the American Embassy in Tokyo on December 5, 1956. During his service, he was stationed all over the world and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Mr. Vaughn retired from active duty in 1976. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved his family to Seaford, VA, where the family home remains. He worked as a civil servant for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, VA. Johnny was a devoted father and husband. He took an active role in his daughters’ early education often helping with posters and other school projects. Johnny provided for and supported his daughters through their college educations. He loved listening to country music, working in his vegetable and rose gardens, working on his car, as well as building and fixing things in his workshop.