John Wesley Vaught
John Wesley Vaught passed away on March 9, 2017. He was born on the family farm near Sterling, Oklahoma on December 21, 1949 to parents, Mart Guy Vaught and Iris Dee Vaught. He grew up in Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School. While in college, he enlisted with the Army Reserve 95th Division. John married Nancy Sanders, the love of his life on March 17, 1973. He graduated from Cameron University in May 1973 and a short time later transferred directly into the Naval Reserve. He was accepted into the Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and was ordered to begin active duty in April 1975. He was commissioned and completed his preliminary flight training that summer and was further ordered to advanced flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas where he received his Navy Wings in October 1976. John had an active flying career beginning in Cubi Point Philippines flying carrier on board delivery in support of the 7th Fleet carriers. For three years, he was a flight instructor qualified in all training phases as well as final check flight for Wings at the Advanced Training Command Corpus Christi, Texas. He flew anti-submarine patrol flights based out of Jacksonville, Florida and Glenview, Illinois for the next eight years to locations as varied as Spain, The Azores, Sicily, Bermuda, Japan, and Hawaii. John was the Deputy Director for Naval Reserve Officer Promotions in Washington, DC for two years, then returned to Glenview, Illinois where he retired from active service in 1995. John and Nancy welcomed their daughter, Jillian, in January of 1993. They returned to Oklahoma and established a home in Edmond where John operated an environmental inspection business and was a real estate associate with Keller Williams Realty.
John is survived by his wife, Nancy E. Vaught; daughter Jillian C. Vaught; brother Mart Vaught (Lynn Vaught) of Grand Junction, TN; sister Iolene Callahan (Bob Callahan) of Omaha, NE; nephew Greg Callahan (Detra Callahan) of Panama City Beach, FL; Mike Vaught (Gina Vaught) of Bartlesville, OK; and Ty Callahan (Shelley Callahan) of Omaha, NE; great niece Kacey Unthank and great nephews Blake Callahan, Montgomery Callahan, Marshall Callahan, Cody Vaught, and Evan Vaught.
Private family visitation will be Sunday, March 12th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with public visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Public visitation will also be Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family receiving friends Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly Ave, Edmond, OK 73003.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, 224 E. Noble Avenue, Guthrie, OK 73044.
Burial will follow at Sterling Cemetery, located at 19043 NE Cline Road Fletcher, 73541.
Memorial contributions may be made to:Guthrie First United Methodist Church 224 E. Noble Avenue, PO Box 249 Guthrie, OK 73044 Office: 405-282-4297 http://guthriefirstumc.org Sterling United Methodist Church 102 S 2nd St, Sterling, OK 73567 Office: (580) 365-4404 https://www.facebook.com/SterlingOKUMC/