Robert Lee Vaughn

Robert Lee Vaughn

April 1936 ~ August 2018

Bob was born in Salinas to Joseph and Susan Vaughn where he was raised on a dairy farm and passed away at the age of 82 in Turlock.  He graduated from Turlock High School and then joined the United States Navy where he proudly served for four years, during the Korean Conflict serving in the South Pacific.  Upon discharge, he settled in Turlock where he worked on the family farm.  Bob worked for Atlas Van Lines for five years, then for A.L. Gilbert at Berry Seed and Feed, where he drove a truck and retired as a dispatcher.

In 1980, Bob married Ruth Bell and together they shared 38 years of marriage.  In addition to his daughter Pam Hernandez from his first marriage to Betty Lou Subang, Bob gained three more daughters when he married Ruth.  Bob and Ruth enjoyed taking the kids water skiing on the weekends.  After his retirement they loved having time to travel with their motorhome to various local trips as well as making longer trips around the United States visiting their children.  Many of their vacations included motorcycle riding as he was an avid rider.

Bob was a member of Monte Vista Chapel and had attended since its early days. He served in various areas including as an usher, greeter, Sunday School leader and for 28 years as a Cubbies leader.  He also volunteered his time as a bus driver for Westside Ministries.

He is survived by his loving wife Ruth Vaughn; daughter Pam (Dee) Hernandez; daughters of Ruth, whom he loved as his own Jan (Tom) Bishel, Sheryl (Todd) Murphy and Marlene (Dale) Ashton; sister Peggy Tucker; twelve grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Bob’s parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Marge Roby, Bill Vaughn and Dorothy Ahlewine.

Memorial contributions can be made in Bob’s memory to Westside Ministries or Monte Vista Chapel Missions Fund.

A celebration of his life will be held at Monte Vista Chapel on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:00a.m.  Private interment will be held at Turlock Memorial Park.


  • Manfred and Barbara Kern September 1, 2018 7:44 am

    The Lord blessed us tremendously when he brought Bob into our family. Such a humble, fun-loving man, more than a brother-in-law…. A loving brother, a man of God whose aim in life was to be used by Him. And the Lord did glorify Himself in Bob’s life. We will miss him so much. We are praying for you, your girls, and their families, Ruthie. We love you! Manfred and Barbara

  • D. Beardsley September 1, 2018 2:34 pm

    So sorry Ruth. I can’t think of a time when I saw the two of you together that you didn’t appear to be happy.

  • Parveen September 1, 2018 8:45 pm

    Sorry to hear about Robert passing. I was his CNA at Turlock nursing and rehabilitation. It was a pleasure working with him and meeting his family.. He was such sweetheart.. He surely will be missed

  • Carole Royster September 2, 2018 1:50 am

    Met Bob at water aerobics. He was always uplifting and liked to tease. He was someone you don’t forget. So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed.

  • Sharon Vaughn-Hillenga September 2, 2018 4:59 pm

    I will love and miss you as long as I live, you have meant more to me than you will possibly ever know,you where such a special person and will be deeply miss by all

  • John Trussler September 3, 2018 4:36 am

    Ruth, I’m so sorry to read of your beloved husband’s passing. Congratulations on your 38 years of loving marriage. May God bless you richly in the difficult days ahead.

    John Trussler
    Grants Pass, Oregon

  • Carla Hansen September 4, 2018 8:59 am

    I’m so very sad to know that he’s gone. And Aunt Ruth I know that he loved you very much he told me all the time how he could not have made it this far in life without you that you took such good care of him and that he loved you with all of his heart we couldn’t have asked for a better Aunt I love you, And now uncle Robert is dancing with his horse Charlie maybe him and my Dad are horseback riding now. I love you so much and hope that my life will be just loving as yours

  • Rachel and John Azevedo September 4, 2018 6:47 pm

    I will remember Bob Vaughn as the kindest person that I worked with at Berry Seed and Feed. He is truly missed and want to send our deepest sympathy to Ruth and family.

    John and Rachel Azevedo

  • Debra and Bill Wall September 5, 2018 6:44 pm

    Dear Ruth
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.Both you and Bob will always have a special place in our heart. He will be missed, take care friend and call on us if there is anything we can do for you… Love Bill and Debra

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