Joseph R. Vaughn

June 6, 1936 - April 27, 2017
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Joseph Ronald Vaughn, 80, of New Philadelphia died peacefully, Thursday afternoon, April 27, 2017, in his residence.

A son of the late Charles and Bernice Ralph Vaughn, Joe was born on June 6, 1936 at Dover, Ohio.

Following his graduation from Dover High School in 1954, Joe studied at Ohio University and the Ohio…

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Joseph Ronald Vaughn, 80, of New Philadelphia died peacefully, Thursday afternoon, April 27, 2017, in his residence.

A son of the late Charles and Bernice Ralph Vaughn, Joe was born on June 6, 1936 at Dover, Ohio.

Following his graduation from Dover High School in 1954, Joe studied at Ohio University and the Ohio State University. He soon pursued his passion as a radio news announcer, a career which began at WJER Radio while in high school.

Joe’s storied career as a broadcaster allowed him to serve ABC Radio News for more than 20 years. During his tenure, he met and interviewed many celebrities such as Kirk Douglas and President Richard Nixon. He was afforded the opportunity to cover many interesting stories which included the 1977 Republican National Convention and New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

One of his greatest joys in life was being a wonderful father to his four children. In addition to being a proud and active father in his children’s daily life, Joe served multiple terms as president of the high school band parents association and the school board in New Jersey.

Joe and his first wife, Gloria, married on June 22, 1957. In 1998 they settled in the Tuscarawas Valley to enjoy their retirement years. Joe served as a Lector at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, became an active member of the New Philadelphia Rotary, the New Philadelphia BPOE 510 and the Union Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, working crossword puzzles and playing word games. Following 54 years of marriage, Gloria, passed on August 29, 2011.

Following her passing, Joe reconnected with his high school sweetheart, the former Joanne Burris, who for the past five years has shared his affection and love as his wife. Together the couple shared a blended family of children, Linda (Bruce) Thornton of Minnesota, Joseph Vaughn, Jr. of New Philadelphia, and Sharon (husband, Dean Hammond) Vaughn of Colorado; Debbie Lynch of Massachusetts, Jen (Scott) Romes Rush of Avon Lake and Stephanie (Scott) Waltjen of North Ridgeville; grandchildren, Kaitlin (Lucas) Peterson, Patrick Thornton, Gloria Hammond and Bernadine Hammond; and became Grandpa Joe to Christine, Caitlin, Mike, Samantha, Griffin, Addy, Emily and Wyatt. Completing the family is a daughter-in-law, Shelby Vaughn of Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Gloria, Joe was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Vaughn, and an infant son, John Patrick Vaughn; his sister, Martha Byer and his brother, Robert Vaughn.

The family will greet guests on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 4-6 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where Pastor Brian Flood will lead a service celebrating Joe’s life at 6 PM in the funeral home’s chapel. Private inurnment will take place in the Dover Burial Park.

The family requests instead of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Dover Burial Park


N Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: June 6, 1936
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Jim McQuillan posted on 5/8/17

Joe, it was a pleasure knowing and caring for you. You will be missed. Jim McQuillan


Melanie Burkhart Patterson posted on 5/1/17

My sympathies to the family of my classmate, Joe Vaughn. Margery Render Burkhart


Dorothy McIntyre posted on 4/30/17

I used to listen to Joe on ABC Radio News when I lived in Cleveland. Later, I got the chance to work with him at ABC where he gave me great career advice. After we retired, Joe and his fiancé, Joanne, came to visit us in Vermont and decided to get married in our living room! The following year, Mert and I got married in our living room! We have nothing but fond memories of Joe Vaughn. Rest in Peace, dear friend. Dorothy and Mert Esmond.


Deb Lynch posted on 4/30/17

One of the kindest men I have ever had the honor and privilege to have known. You will truly be missed. Love you Joe


Karen posted on 4/30/17

Sweet Dreams, Mr Vaughn


Barbara Silber posted on 4/30/17

I too had the opportunity to work with Joe at ABC Radio News in the late 1970s through the 1980s. He was indeed the consummate pro; more importantly, in a business laden with egos on both sides of the microphone, I never saw him express anger toward anyone. It was a true pleasure to work with Joe Vaughn. To the family, sincere condolences to you on this terrible loss. But I hope you can take some solace in knowing that Joe was one of the kindest people to grace this Earth.


Ted David posted on 4/30/17

I had the honor of working with Joe at ABC Radio News in the late 70s and early 80s. Joe was a man of honor, dignity and decency. He was someone who we all looked up to and who was a true newsroom leader. Many times Joe would come in for his overnight shift in a suit and tie. We all kidded that he must be looking for work. In fact, he had likely been to a school board meeting or a PTA meeting and then come straight to work. Joe was quiet man who kept his eyes and ears open but spoke less than most. Perhaps that was the key to his wisdom! In any event, Joe was a beloved and admired colleague in a room of some pretty top notch people. Rest in peace dear man. Our memories of you will serve as a blessing for us all.


Jim Nedelka posted on 4/30/17

Holly and I extend our condolences on this mournful yet celebratory occasion to honor our friend, Joe Vaughn. In the often-stressful world of network news, Joe would be the calmest one in the room, making sense of a developing situation's often contradictory details to present them in a clear manner to the listeners. Perhaps his greatest contributions were the "welcomes" to the "newbies" in the newsroom, whether they were "kids" breaking-in to the business to the more experienced personnel coming on board at ABC News. His love for the work shone through with his "library" of helpful suggestions, insights, a joke, a gentle correction/motivation when warranted always framed with a smile. And so, we salute our absent friend, Joe, and his extended family. Best!


Lee Alan posted on 4/30/17

My deepest and most sincere condolences to all of Joes family. Joe and I worked together at WXYZ in Detroit for his entire time there. He was the news journalist and did the radio news on my show Mon thru Fri from 7 to Midnight. We had great fun during those times and developed a strong friendship. When he left for ABC we lost track. Only recently did we reconnect. I sent him a copy of my book about those halcyon days we shared. He was very special and I will miss him. May God now hold him in His heavenly arms. Lee. Alan


Joy Parker posted on 4/30/17

To the family, I was so saddened to hear the passing of my friend Joe. He and Gloria were good friends and fellow band parents with my husband and I for many many years. I just heard from him at Christmas and did not realize that he was ill. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers..... Joy Parker


Brenda Jenkins posted on 4/30/17

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with you both at the elks. May your memories bring you comfort. Brenda Jenkins


Dick Farrell posted on 4/29/17

I played golf with Joe a few years ago. He was an outstanding citizen, journalist and a heckuva nice guy. My condolences to the family.