Marion “Arkie” D. Vaughn

Graveside Services for Marion D. Vaughn, 93 of Lawrence, KS will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044

Marion passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Arkie was born January 1, 1928, in Elk City, KS, the son of Raymond and Miriam (Farmer) Vaughn.

Arkie’s survivors include his children; David Vaughn, Sandra Hilt, Tammara Capps, grandchildren; Heather Henson, Spencer Hilt, Meghan Rogers, Blair Capps, Grant Capps, Madison Vaughn, Hayden Steiner, Hannah Vaughn and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Kenneth, and Raymond Vaughn, grandson Christian Hilt and wife, Janet in 2019

Vaughn played basketball at the University of Kansas and Washburn University. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta at Washburn. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Washburn, his masters from Emporia State and partial PhD from Oklahoma State University.

He was an Officer in the Korean War and served honorably until the war had ended. He made lifelong friends that continued well after the war. He married Shirlie Vaughn and he began his career as a collegiate coach at Pratt Junior College and Fort Scott Community college where he produced several all American’s. He also served as an Honorary Basketball Coach at the University of Kansas.

After retiring from coaching Arkie transitioned to the Savings and Loan industry where he served as President to Lawrence Building and Loan, Lawrence Savings Association, Lawrence Federal, Columbia Savings. He served as President of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, was an advisor to Regan, the Treasury Secretary.

Vaughn enjoyed following KU sports, living in Estes Park, Colorado, gardening and reading.

He loved his family, loved his job, and believed in the American Dream.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Child Neurology Foundation for Leigh’s Disease and Veterans Community Project and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Janet Crabill on September 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Sandy, Tammy and David, I was so sorry to hear that Arkie had passed. As you know, we who worked for him at Lawrence Savings, Lawrence Federal, Columbia Savings and so on, felt like his adopted family. I know I enjoyed working for him for many years. He was a great mentor and will be missed.
    Unfortunately, Roger and I will not be able to make Monday, but you are all in our prayers and thoughts.

    Janet Crabill

  2. Gerald Pees M.D on September 12, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Dear Tammy, Sandra, and David, I was very sorry to hear that Arkie had passed on. I will miss him a great deal. Over the years, he and I had become much more than a doctor/patient relationship. We became fast friends. There was something about Arkie that made made him easy to talk with on many topics. Most of the time it was about medicine fortunately. I always looked forward to his visits. I considered it an honor to call myself his doctor! Arkie had the good fortune to have a family that dearly loved him and cared for him in times of need. Tammie Capps did great things for her loving father. I got to see that love many times in the office. Goodbye my friend! Jerry Pees

  3. Nancy Owens Wilde on September 12, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Tammy, Sandy and David – I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your family has meant so much to all of us over the years. I can’t imagine my childhood without any of you! Tammy… I can’t thank you enough for making the trip to Tulsa with your Dad several years ago. It was such a gift to see you both. Please know that you are in my thoughts. Sending much love. ???? Nancy Owens Wilde

  4. J.D. Cleavinger on September 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

    David Sandy Tammy & family
    Sorry to hear that your Father-Grandfather-Great Grandfather has passed. The world will miss this great man.
    Please accept my sincere condolences

  5. Charline Davis Beebe on September 15, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Arky was one of the sweetest and kindest men I ever knew. I appreciate so much his kindness to my daughter and the granddaughters we shared. Rest in peace now. ????????❤️

  6. Hayden on September 19, 2021 at 12:32 am

    My papa was a special man. Even after our families had gone their separate ways, he never missed a chance to send me a handwritten birthday card. Wherever I was living amongst the nation at the time. I love you papa, see you on the other side. Your granddaughter, Hayden.

  7. Gary Dougherty on December 29, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    We were neighbors of Jan& Arkie in Estes Park, Colo. during the summers. They were wonderful friends and miss them greatly.
    Dr. Gary Dougherty & Dee

  8. Linda McCreery on December 31, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Arkie was a Jewel among men and a great friend of my husband. They played golf and I always visited in SRA in Estes Park Colorado. This is a great loss to this crazy world we are living in. My condolences to the family. Blessings to all the family.

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