Ronald Clifford Vaughn Sr was born on February 7, 1943 to Charles and Carrie Vaughn in East Chicago, Indiana. Ronald joined the United States Armed Forces in 1962 working first as a Military Police Officer and went on to become an Administrator in a Military Correctional Facility. He attended St Joseph College in Whiting, Indiana obtaining an Associate Degree and later his Bachelor of Science Degree. He used the knowledge and skills he acquired along with his passion for law enforcement to become one of the first African-American Police Officers on the SWAT team for the East Chicago Police Department. Before retiring, Ronald returned to the military as a United States Army recruiter and received numerous Military Awards and Acknowledgements to include a Bronze Star.
Ronald loved his family. He unfailingly demonstrated his love and commitment to family and friends. He encouraged and supported his children as they obtained their college degrees and spent much of his time ensuring that his grandchildren would be successful in school. Ronald acted as a Lector at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in East Chicago. He volunteered in the Food Pantry at Greater Destiny Church and generously gave both financially and personally to numerous veterans’ and community organizations.
He transitioned from this life on June 8, 2018.
Ronald leaves to mourn in his passing, his wife of 53 years, Lynda Vaughn, his daughter Ronalyn Vaughn, his son Ronald Vaughn, II, his granddaughter Chynna Vaughn and his grandson Ronald Jordan Vaughn.
Ronald is preceded in eternal rest by his siblings Barbara Hannah and his brother Charles Vaughn. He is mourned by his sisters Gloria Jackson and Delia (Eugene) Foley, his brothers LeeVertis (Cassandra) Vaughn and Lucius Vaughn. He will also be greatly missed by a host of other family members and friends.