He graduated from Massillon High School in 1943, and attended the Colorado School of Mines. He supported himself with his rodeo winnings from riding bulls, roping calves and busting broncos. Bob graduated from Golden State University, Golden Colorado with a technology degree.
In 1947 he earned his pilot’s license at Stapleton Airfield, then in 1949 he returned to Ohio and played semi-professional football with the Sandusky Maroons.
After his marriage to Norma L. Kunkel, Bob was employed at the DuPont Research & Development Facility in Huron, Ohio until it closed. He took the weekend off and on the following Monday he went to work for the Ford Motor Company in Sandusky, Ohio until his retirement.
When the local Boy Scout troop became too large to accept more members, he founded the Huron Boy Scout Troop 86. Bob took his family camping all over the United States where he indulged in fly fishing using flies he tied himself.
Bob loved playing golf almost as much as he loved his family. He traveled the world with his golf clubs but especially enjoyed playing on all the famous courses in Ireland and Scotland for many years. He and his wife Norma spent their winters in Fort Meade, Florida where Bob was the high school golf coach. He took no fee for his position but instead requested the funds be put back into the golf program. Bob began to caddy at the age of 13 and over the course of his life shot 3 hole in ones. After retirement he also worked summers at Sawmill Creek Golf Course for 20 years for the pleasure of playing 18 holes of free golf every single day that weather allowed. As a strong Christian he would tell people, using a golf analogy that, “God gives mulligans.”
Bob sang with the Lorain Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society for many years. He was an active member of the Norwalk First United Methodist Church, Heart of Ohio Emmaus, and was a local HAM radio operator call sign KA8PRE. He was a proud lifelong participating member of the Grand Masonic Lodge, past Grand Master, achieving his 32nd degree with memberships in Huron, Fort Meade, Florida and Norwalk, Ohio. Bob was commissioned a Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for his philanthropic work.
He is survived by his son, Retired U.S. Army Major James E. [Diana] Vaughn, a daughter, Jan [Mark] Bohne, three grandchildren Eric [Lindsay Vaughan] Vaughn, Julie [USCG Commander Tad] Drozdowski and Matthew [Erin] Bohne. In addition he had five great-grandchildren, Claire and Lauren Vaughn, Brooke and Addison Drozdowski and Isaac Bohne. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father Elmer G. Landefeld, his brother James, his sisters Marguerite Jane Walsh and Elinor Roud. He lost his wife, of almost 65 years, 3 months ago.
The family would like to express their profound gratitude and thanks to Dr. Greg Cook, and the North Coast Cancer Center for the additional decade of life they provided to Robert. We appreciate all of the Stein Hospice staff who diligently worked to make Bob comfortable, especially nurses Norma, Betty and Mary Kay.
A joint graveside service for Robert & Norma will be held Friday October 12th at 3 pm at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Ohio. Donations in Robert’s honor would be welcomed at Memorial Donations for Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or Calvin’s Love: Bibles for Babies, P.O. Box 1212, Ashland, OH 44805. Bibles are $5.00 each and are provided free of charge to newborns via hospitals, health departments and the Abigail Pregnancy Center, or donate online at www.calvinslove.com. Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St. Norwalk, Ohio, is and was in charge of cremation arrangements for both Norma & Bob. Online condolences may be made by going to www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com. KA8PRE [Bob’s Ham radio call sign] is monitoring and listening from an alternate location. Over.