Louie Vaughn

Maryville |

Louie Albert Vaughn 90, of Maryville, Illinois passed away peacefully at home March 3, 2024.  He was born in Burnt Prairie, Illinois on September 22, 1933, a son of the late Paul and Polly (Schmidt) Vaughn. 

He was a graduate of Madison High School Class of 1951. He started working as a kid, working anywhere from a bakery, flower shop, delivering newspapers and eventually started a career as a carpenter.  Louie left the carpenter hall and went on to become a switchman for Nickel Plate Railroad, which merged into  Norfolk and Western Railroad Company, retiring after 42 years of service. 

He married the love of his life Shirley (Purdes) Vaughn on January 17, 1953 and she survives.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He would tell anyone who would listen that his family was his biggest accomplishment.  He was a cherished friend to all who knew him.  His smile and crystal blue eyes will always be remembered.  Louie was an excellent bowler, billiard player, and avid reader.  He was a jack of all trades.  He could fix, build, paint, bake, cook, sew, among many other things.  His patience to help his family was immeasurable.  We always knew we could depend on him for anything.   

In addition to his beloved wife of 71 years, he is survived by five children.  Two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Janet Vaughn of Edwardsville, Joe and Janet Vaughn of Troy, three daughters; Cheri Vaughn-Reno of O’Fallon, Michelle Hawthorne of St. Jacob and Melissa Vaughn (Dave Hatscher) of Granite City; 10 grandchildren and spouses, Natalie (Johnathon) Hadley, Jamie Vaughn, Jason (Nichole) Vaughn, Jennifer (Chad) Miller, Justin (Kim) Reno, Jonathan Vaughn, Taylor Reno, Jacob Hawthorne and Polly Hawthorne.  Papa Louie also had 13 great grandchildren Emma, Lyla, Lydia, Josephine, Alexandra, Reno, Bryce, Ava, Grant, Cooper, Bodin and Little Louie.  He is also survived by two nieces Cindy Brumhardt and Debbie Gudac, cousins Donna Laws, Rena Boyer, Janice Wilson, Trudy Mayo and other extended family members.  In addition to his parents and two brothers Bob and Ed, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law Marvin Reno, granddaughter Emily Vaughn and niece Tina Mode.

We would like to extend a special thank you and appreciation for all of Louie’s doctors, hospital staff at Anderson Hospital and Hospice care staff.  Also want to mention Jude Hopper, a special friend of the family.   

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Irwin Chapel, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Stephen Thompson officiating.

Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Obit Provided By:
Irwin Chapel Funeral Home

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