Donald William Vaughn

Mr. Donald William Vaughn, 92 died Saturday November 19, 2022 at his residence in Lawrence.

A celebration of life for Donald William Vaughn 92, Lawrence Kansas, will be December 4, 2022, 2:00 pm at Meadowlark Estates, 4430 Bauer Farm Drive, Lawrence Kansas.

He was born February 3,1930 north west of Yates Center, Kansas, to Warren P. Vaughn and Edith V. (King) Vaughn.

Mr. Vaughn graduated from Yates Center High School in 1948.

He married Wilma Kathryn Morton in Batesville Kansas, February 12, 1950.  In 1956 Don and Wilma moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Don was employed at the wastewater treatment plant for 36 years. He became plant supervisor around 1965. He was a member of the Kansas wastewater pollution control association. Don was active in the Douglas County Genealogical Society. Don had done extensive research on his family line. Don loved playing golf, played the organ and piano, enjoyed woodworking and spoiling his grandkids.

Don was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Lawrence, Kansas.

Wilma passed away on July 9, 2006.

Other survivors include Lillian Taylor,(partner). She survives in the home; son Ronald Vaughn, Richland, WA; son David Lawrence; brother Kenneth of Prairie Village. A daughter; Marlene K. Knapp passed earlier, August 12, 2022.

The family suggests memorials to the church sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Carl Burkhead...

I count it a privilege to have known Don as a friend and fellow wastewater treatment colleague. Don was the wastewater superintendent for Lawrence and hosted many field trips for my students when i was teaching at KU. He was a quiet spoken but very capable plant manage and operator. I am thankful to have known him and I look forward to our reunion in heaven. Lord, comfort his family and friends who were privileged to know him.

From Hannes Combest...

David – please know I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a kind man and I’m glad I had the chance to know him.

From debbie mccarthy...

Was so sad to learn of Don’s passing!
Don was my communion partner for many years at Central UMC. Asked to be his partner after Wilma passed because this was his passion! He was an incredible man and I learned so much from him about his belief and faith in God.
Lillian, Ron and rest of his family, my heart goes out to you! May God comfort you in Don’s passing.

From Greg Westcott...

What a GOOD guy, he will truly be missed.

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