Vaughn Ernest Roberts –

OCALA, Fla. – On September 6, 1935, a little baby made her way into the world in York, Maine, and trilled her first notes. He was the second of two children of Madelyn (née Dagget) and Harrison Roberts, an Irish twin of his sister Marlene (Warren) born the year before. He died on February 8, 2022.

During his senior year of high school in Wells, he said his lifelong ambition was to perform at Carnegie Hall. After graduating, Vaughn served in the Navy and then in the Naval Reserves from 1954 to 1962. He was a valve trombone virtuoso, having started with the trumpet in third grade, adding all things brass to his prowess. substantial vocals. He played and ran jazz and big band clubs in Indiana and Ohio, with earnings supplementing his GI Bill at Indiana Tech, where he studied electrical engineering. One night, after hosting a private Christmas party for a department store, he lingered flirting with one of the guests, Linda Alley, who eventually agreed to marry him and buy a special edition of 1965 Ford Thunderbird. Vaughn and Lynne made their home primarily in Fort Wayne and Angola, Indiana, where Vaughn remained active in the local jazz scene and where on Sundays he conducted a choir at various churches. Fortunately, he kept his job as an engineer because somewhere during those jazzy weekends four children were conceived: Vonda (wife Marc), Lane, Jason (wife Lulu) and Julia. After about 20 years, Vaughn and Lynne found that having four fairly decent kids pushed the boundaries of what they could hope to accomplish together, and they went their separate ways.

Luckily for him, a bit later in life, the lovely Sharon Mahan (née Murphy) crossed his path, and a few sweet dates – and a few nasty line dances – later he was lucky enough to be married to his wonderful wife who survives him today. , with their precious dog, Prince. Shari and Vaughn’s life together has been spent in devotion to their Lord Jesus and a shared love of music. Most recently, he was a member of the orchestra at College Road Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, where they lived. One particular project of note was Vaughn’s passion for giving back through his “Taps for Troops” business. He spent his last decade visiting American military cemeteries playing “Taps” for each fallen soldier.

In addition to his beloved wife, Shari, Vaughn is survived by his faithful big sister, Marlene; her four children; his close friends and in-laws, Peggy and Gary Murphy; six grandchildren, Drake, Madeleine, Vasia, Keagan (wife Jourdan), Gabriella and Pablo; many beloved nieces and nephews; and countless cherished friends he hated having to leave.

Vaughn was a funny, witty, endearing man; a great lover of people, music and animals. If you got a phone message from Vaughn, or as we call him, “Dad,” it probably started with a ditty and ended with a looonngg goodbye. . . goodbye goodbye . . . Goodbye, dear soul. Give the ancestors a kiss and we’ll see you when we get there!

On March 12, a memorial service will be held at College Road Baptist Church in Ocala, followed by interment at Bushnell National Cemetery.

Souvenirs would be gratefully received by:

The Fisher House Foundation ( or: Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County (

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