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Norman Earl  Vaughn

Obituary for Norman Earl Vaughn

February 22, 1938 - July 21, 2021
Owensboro, Kentucky | Age 83


Norman Earl Vaughn, 83, of Owensboro, died Wednesday July 21, 2021, under the care of Hospice of W. Kentucky. The Ohio County native was born in Hartford on February 22, 1938, to the late Willie Henry Vaughn and Nannie Bell Brown Vaughn. Norman retired in 2000 from Dart Polymers. Over the years he worked for several different companies in pneumatic instrumentation including W.R. Grace, Big Rivers, Martin-Marietta, Owensboro Distilling, Applied Recovery, and finally Dart Polymers. Norman fondly recalled one of his first jobs was working at Canteen before any of these other positions came along.

He received special training in pneumatic instrumentation in the 1960's and 1970's from Wall Colmonoy Co. in Detroit, MI in 1962, Daviess County Vocational School in 1972, Taylor Instrument Co. in Rochester, NY, Foxboro Instruments Co. of Owensboro, and Combustion Engineers in Boston, MA.

Norman had a superior ability to fix and work on all things mechanical including antique cars. He was a member of the Antique Car Club of Owensboro many years ago and overhauled his first engine at the age of 12. One of his most prized possessions was his 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 which he proudly showed at several of the Kentucky Wesleyan car shows in the past few years.

He also loved traveling in the deep South to places like Alabama, Georgia, and especially Florida. His favorite places to visit included Pensacola and Clearwater Beach. Once he retired, he also loved to collect a variety of items including old coins, watches, vintage cameras, and antique car parts.

Norman was a graduate of Daviess County High School (class of 1956) and a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church. He was known by those who loved him as a bit of a prankster and loved nothing more than to pull a good joke on those family members and friends closest to him over the years.

Norman was preceded in death by his son, Barry Lee Vaughn in 1977; sisters, Pauline Lacefield, Ruby Gray, and Wilma Sweat; brothers, Edward Vaughn, and Elmer Vaughn.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 62 years, Bettie Reynolds Vaughn; daughter, Christy Temple, and husband Graham; sister, Nancy V. Hicks; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Norman Vaughn will be 10:00 am Monday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 pm and Monday from 9:00 am until the service. Burial will be in Owensboro Memorial Gardens.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of W. Kentucky, 3419 Wathen's Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301.

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