Billy Ray Vaughn, lifelong resident of Rock Springs, was born February 28, 1946, and passed away in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2018.
He was born the son of Carl Vaughn and Elma Irene Foster Vaughn and grew up on number one hill in Rock Springs. As a teen he worked odd jobs at Chilton’s Ranch, graduated high school from Rock Springs High School in 1964 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1965, was honorably discharged and served in the Reserves until 1971.
Billy married his first wife Christine Baker in 1969 and they had one daughter Deanna R. Vaughn. Billy worked as a truck driver for Red Desert Oil from 1969-1973 and then worked 36 years at FMC as a control room operator, later as a D9 cat operator and retired in 2008. After retirement, he worked summers at the Tripp Ranch.
He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 13214, the American Legion Archie Hay Post 24 and was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Rock Springs and was member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .
Billy married his second wife Roberta “Bobbie” Happersett in 1985 and became father to her 6 children, 3 grown, Laura, Mitch and Amber and 3 at home, Erik, Carma and Dianna, along with being the foster parent to his brother Danny’s son, Charles.
His survivors include wife Roberta Bobbie Vaughn, daughters Deanna Crouch, Laura Gentry, Amber Donais, Dianna Kintzler and Carma Moore, son Mitch Reneau, sister Josephine and Ken Falline, brother Paul Vaughn, sister in law Alma Vaughn and the many members of their families, which also includes 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by mother Alma Irene Jayo, brothers Herman and Danny Vaughn, son Erik Fromm and nephew Enoka Vaughn .
In life, he was fond of those family members, neighbors, co-workers and friends that he hunted and fished with, or those who cooked for him you all know who you are.
A celebration of life and color guard service will be held at the American Legion Archie Hay Post 24 in Rock Springs at 3:30 p.m. on May 17, 2018, in the old building.