Vaughn W. Thomas

December 26, 1931 ‒ November 21, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Vaughn W. Thomas, age 88, of Mount Vernon passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Country Court Nursing Home.

He was born on December 26, 1931 in Lower Salem, Ohio to the late Oscar and Hilma (Theiss) Thomas.  Vaughn was employed at The Ohio State University in Medical Repair for over 31 years and retired in 1987.  He was a member of the Newark Road Church of Christ and was a veteran serving in the United States Navy Seabees during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, of over 59 years, Alice (Norris) Thomas; his son Mark (Heather) Thomas; his daughters, Vicki (Frank) Cowans, Lisa (Russ) Hughes; six grandchildren, Nick (Maurisa) Hughes, Hanna Hughes, Maliry Hughes, Megan Thomas, Alayna Thomas, Travis Thomas; his brothers Vernon (Shirley) Thomas, John Thomas; and his sisters, Mary Skoglund and Dorothy Hesson.

Friends may call on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 2-4PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, beginning at 1PM, in Salem Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Knox County Fish and Game, Country Court Skilled Nursing Center – Activities Department, or to Honor Flight Columbus.

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  • We are truly heartbroken! Vaughn has blessed us from the time we moved in! He has always shown love and suppport to myself and the kids. We will miss seeing him go out to hunt on his side by side or looking out back and seeing him fishing in our pond. We will never forget all the long conversations we have had and we will miss the surprise veggies from his garden he would leave on our porch! Most of all we will miss our sweet neighbor Vaughn! Prayers to all of you.

  • Uncle Vaughn was one of the kindest men I’ve known. He was known for his giving heart, both with his time and work. So many stories I’ve heard about the help he has given to so many. What a wonderful family he and Aunt Alice have. We love you all and pray for your comfort. His sweet smile and kind heart will be missed by so many❤️

  • Please except our deepest condolences. Heaven has received another warrior, one of my shipmates. Fair winds and following seas Shipmate

  • Heather, Mark and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Many prayers during this time

  • Dear Alice and family, I was so grateful to know Vaughn. He was a kind and thoughtful man. I can’t believe he is gone. I will miss him. But I know he is in a much better place. I will keep you all in my prayers. Nancy Smith

  • His Journey’s Just Begun

    Don’t think of him as gone away, his journey’s just begun.
    Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one.

    Just think of him as resting, from the sorrows and the tears
    In a place of warmth and comfort, where there are no day and years.

    Think how he must be wishing, that we could know today
    How nothing but our sadness can really pass away.

    And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched,
    For nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.

    Wishing you peace in your hearts and comfort in your memories of a this truly wonderful man. ~Chris and Althea

  • Uncle Vaughn will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and appreciated his beautiful smile and kind personality. He truly manifested the kindness and beauty of Christianity in his everyday life. Vaughn possessed the rare ability to converse with anyone he would meet. He will live in the memories and stories that our family will share for generations. We are blessed to know that we shall meet again. Our prayers are with Aunt Alice and their family. God Bless you and we hope to see you at next family reunion.

  • To Vaughn’s Family:

    Please accept our sincere condolences on Vaughn’s passing. Sorry that we missed the visitation. Our prayers are with all of you. My family enjoyed getting to know Vaughn at church over the years. He loved to talk fishing and loved the Lord. May God give all of you peace and comfort as you remember all of the good times with Vaughn.

    Greg & Andrea Tumbleson

  • All of us Zimmerman cousins in Virginia send our love and warmest wishes to Vaughn’s family. He shared so many wonderful stories with us about growing up in Ohio. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Vaughn was such a wonderful man. I met him later in his life through Lawrence Ziegler and every time his name came up or I saw him it brought a smile to my face. Very sorry for your loss.

  • Our sympathy is extended to Aunt Alice and all the families. It’s always a sad time when we loose a loved one. He will be missed. Love and prayers to all.