Joseph Edward Ed Vaughn passed away Monday, March 11, 2013 in Medford, Ore. He was born May 10, 1937 in Wilmington, Del. to Joseph Burton and Alice Todd Vaughn. On March 11, 1967, he married Nancy Niedermeyer, who survives.
Ed earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's of forestry from Duke University. Soon after graduation he was drafted into the U. S. Army where he served as radioman for the military police in Germany during the Berlin Wall Crisis. Following his military service he spent 25 years working for the U.S. Forest Service in the Umpqua, Rogue, and Deschutes National Forests.
In 1994 he began his un-retirement years by planting a pear orchard on his and Nancy's family farm near Jacksonville. He became engaged in the local farming community and served as a board member of Southern Oregon Sales packing cooperative and Rogue Valley Fruit Growers' League. At the time of his death he was an associate director of Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of the Inland Rogue/Bear Creek Local Advisory Committee, and the Fresh Pear Committee of Pear Bureau Northwest. In October 2012 he was honored as a member of the Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Career Achievement Registry by Oregon State University College of Agricultural Science.
Amateur radio was Ed's favorite hobby. He became a licensed amateur radio operator, K7YLO, when in high school. At the time of his death he was a member of Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club and Central Oregon DX Club.
Ed is survived by his sons, Michael Bruce Vaughn (Kimberly Maynard) and Alan Todd Vaughn (Michelle Brandt); his sister, Margaret Vaughn Harvey (A. Dabney Harvey), of Richmond, Va.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Burton Louis Vaughn.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Rd., Central Point OR.
Memorial donations may be made to Southern Oregon Historical Society, LaClinica, Community Health Center, or a charity of choice.