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Dr. Richard Loren Vaught, 86, died Saturday, June 20, 2020, under hospice care at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa. He was born October 28, 1933, to Loren and Bernice (Bridges) Vaught in Franklin, Indiana.

Richard graduated from Franklin High School in 1951 and received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1958. He then enlisted in the Navy where he proudly served for 10 years; retiring in 1968 with the rank of Lt. Commander. He moved to Sioux City, Iowa and was in private practice as a Urologist until he retired from medicine in 1997. His favorite part of his medical practice was working with Pediatrics.

On August 28, 1955, Richard married Patricia Sue Lemons. They had 4 children and were happily married for 32 years until Patricia passed on July 30, 1987. He later met and married Nancy Perkins Gusa on August 8, 1992. She brought her 2 daughters to the family.

After retirement, Richard and Nancy moved to Greenville, South Carolina to be closer to their children and grandchildren. In 2014, they moved to West Des Moines to spend time with more children and grandchildren. Richard participated in many organizations including the Scottish Rite Masons (32nd degree), Sertoma, and was Exaulted Ruler of the Greenville Elks Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and playing the drum for the Heather Highlander’s Bagpipe Band.

Richard is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Megan (Melanie Sullivan) Vaught of
Minneapolis, MN, R. Niles (Jean) Vaught of Spartanburg, SC, Barbara (Ken) Carothers of
Charleston, SC, Mary Vaught of Sioux City, IA, Christine (Dusty) Svec of Cumming, IA,
and Kimberly (Gary) Rogowski of Fenton, MO; six grandchildren, Andrew Ward, Zachary Gillespie, Morgan and Lola Svec, William Sullivan and Stella Rogowski; siblings, Joseph Vaught and Barbara Paris; and a host of other family and beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia; brother, Robert Vaught; and sister, Emma Alice (Sug) Vaught Admire.

Burial will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter with services to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa. Family will greet friends following the service.

The family is requesting no flowers or plants please. Memorial contributions may be directed to Greenville Elks Lodge, 7700 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 with the notation, S.C. Elks Association Veterans Affairs in memory of Dr. Richard Vaught. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

Service Details

Visitation:
Friday, July 17, 2020
Following the Service
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Service:
Friday, July 17, 2020
12:30 pm
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Disposition:
Friday, July 17, 2020
11:00 am
Burial of Cremated Remains
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter, Iowa
Arrangements:
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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