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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Obituary: Naomi Eileen (Herzog) Vaughn

Naomi Eileen Herzog Vaughn

Naomi Eileen Herzog Vaughn, 79, peacefully joined her Savior in Heaven on January 25, 2002.& Naomi passed on her lifelong love for the Lord Jesus Christ and demonstrated His love and gentleness to others. We are all blessed by her living example of Christian faith.  

Naomi was the third of six children, born on August 14, 1922 to Cicero and Clara Herzog in the Greenwood house built by her father. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1941 and was an excellent seamstress, working until her retirement from Eddie Bauer in 1982. Naomi was an officer for the United Garment Workers and was active in the Republican Party, volunteering for the election boards in King and Snohomish counties for many years. She had many skills such as needlecrafts and playing the violin, and she enjoyed sharing stories from her years spent living in remote Alaskan locations during her husband's military career. They loved teaching little children in Sunday School and singing in the choir.  

She was married for 55 years to Alfred Tennyson Vaughn, who was her loving companion until his death in 1999. They adored each other in sweet, small ways that touched those around them.  Together, they had four children, Wesley (Patty) Vaughn of AltaVista, VA, Roberta (Larry) Culberson of Stockbridge, GA, Marie (Greg) Dusing of Poland, IN, and MariLyn (Joe) Sabo of Bothell,, WA; and enjoyed their 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Naomi will also be missed by her sisters, Ruth Klein and Esther Herzog; and her brother, Paul Herzog, all of Camano Island, WA; and her brother, David (Miriam) Herzog of Wear Valley, TN; as well as many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and an infant sister, Ruby. 

A Celebration of Naomi's Life is planned for 3:30pm on Saturday, February 2, 2002 at Fairview Church of God, 844 NE 78th St. (78th & Roosevelt Way NE) in Seattle, WA 98115.

Contributions may be made in Naomi's memory to her church home, Fairview Church of God.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 30, 2002

Obituary: John Stanley Vaughn

John Stanley Vaughn
November 5, 1942- January 29, 2019 

He was the Grandson of Stanley & Florence Vaughn and the son of Jim & Jean Vaughn.  John was in the US Air Force and served in Alaska.  He was married to Clarice Jane Anderson for 28 years and they lived in Michigan.  John is retired and lives in the Vaughn cabin at Fish Lake.  John and Clarice had three children:
v  James Charles Vaughn: James was born on April 25, 1966. He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.
v  Jay Bradley Vaughn: Jay was born on August 10, 1968 and passed away on December 21, 1985 in Michigan.
v  Jana Lynn Vaughn Tappa: Jana was born August 23, 1973 and married Scott Tappa in August 2003. Jana and Scott live in Iola, WI and have two sons. William Jay Tappa was born May 20, 2004 and Charles Edward Tappa was born on May 8, 2008.
From his dear Daughter, Jana Lynn Vaughn Tappa:

I’m very sad to let everyone know that my dad passed away on Tuesday. He was someone who made a lasting impression on a lot of people and as far as I know, he did not want a big funeral, but he had many friends in Washington and Upper Michigan as well as in Wisconsin where I live, and I feel like they'd want to know. My dad did not know he was sick—he passed away quickly and he did not suffer. That is about all he would have hoped for, I think. Because I love to write things down, I thought I would share a few of my favorite stories/facts about Johnny Vaughn for those that might be interested.


- In high school, he took me and some friends to the Ishpeming dance on New Year’s Eve, he picked everyone up, brought us to the dance and then drove 20 miles home. He turned around at 11:30 and came and got us after midnight. He said there were drunks and crazies on the road so he needed to be the one driving.
- In college (more than once), he brought friends from Detroit area or Grand Rapids home for Christmas break when they didn’t have a ride. For those not from Michigan, it was about a nine-hour drive one way. Grand Rapids was about 7, I think. He didn’t care. He thought people should be with their families at Christmas. He had the means, and so he helped without hesitance.
- My dad is the example that I learned from about helping people—but he had talents that made a big difference in people’s lives. He fixed plumbing, electricity, he put on roofs, decks, saunas. He was the one who they called when pipes froze or someone had been in an accident. He could do so many things and didn’t hesitate to help. As he saw me following in his footsteps in my own small way, he would often say, “You know, Banana, ‘No’ is a good answer too.” I'd answer in a cheeky manner, "You first!"
- When I worked at The NorthWind student newspaper in college, we had a scary moment where we couldn’t find the photographer or an extra camera and the governor was on campus—we had to get a photo. I called my dad, he came within minutes on his motorcycle—camera in hand—and brought me right up the driveway to the front doors of the building where the governor was. I ran in and immediately found the photographer who said, “Nice entrance.”

- When we were kids, he would take a whole crew of us cousins to Marquette and he would sing "The Battle of New Orleans" (In 1814, we took a little trip…) he sang that so often, that when I eventually heard it on the radio, I was very upset that someone had "stolen" his song. My Aunt Carol set me straight after laughing for a really, really long time.
- He liked to sing, “She had kisses sweeter than wine …” which generally elicited a lot of groaning from the kids.
- We sang “The Ants go Marching” and military cadences that I found out later he edited for content. I discovered this when he started singing them to Will and Charlie and forgot to use the “G” version.
- He often sang, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble…” he never once got the words right (even after I put it on his iPod) but he sang with confidence and a lot of heart.


- My dad loved a lot of things and was pretty good at a lot of them too. He loved woodworking, building, he used his talents to figure out how to build us a deck with a herringbone pattern because I had seen one and thought it looked pretty neat. He built my kids a treehouse that has no support from the ground, it’s simply part of the tree.
- I was always amazed that his curiosity helped him truly understand how things worked. That’s why he was able to build my parents first house, he had helped build houses as a teenager and paid attention.
- In his youth, he struggled in school, and despite that, eventually became an avid reader, learning everything from woodworking to chicken farming. He went to Michigan Tech for an intense two years where he earned what was, at the time, the equivalent of an electrical engineering degree.
- He loved sewing and sent us aprons last Christmas with our favorite colors. He was especially proud that we found a Bucky Badger decal online to put on Scott’s apron.
- My dad liked to go to new places and never seemed that daunted by going alone. As a young airman at KI Sawyer in Gwinn, MI, he hitchhiked home to Seattle and back on multiple occasions. As a man close to 70, he left one November (in a rain/snow mix) on a motorcycle from Washington state. He rode the motorcycle as far south as Texas and Florida, and then came back north through Virginia and up to Wisconsin and Michigan, he visited friends and family along the way. He loved that Honda Shadow motorcycle and he looked pretty bad-ass on it.
-My whole life, if I called and said, “I need help,” he would say, “Let me get a few things in order and I’ll be there.” This was true when I lived in Saginaw and he lived in Marquette, when I lived in Wisconsin and he lived in Marquette, and it was even true when I lived in Wisconsin and he lived in Washington state. He came out from Washington–hauling all necessary tools—to help finish our basement, build our deck, build the kids a treehouse, help with our kitchen remodel, and that is just what I can list off the top of my head.
I loved my dad so much and we had so much fun together. I will miss him so much but am so grateful for all the years we had together. So many stories and memories to cherish. 💕

Obituary: Jean B. Vaughn

Jean B Vaughn

Jean B Vaughn

February 7, 1923 – July 10, 2014

Jean B. Vaughn was born on February 7, 1923 in Wenatchee, Washington to John Boyle and Marie Weythman, and passed away peacefully in Des Moines, Washington on July 10, 2014. Jean was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Jean was married to James (Jim) Frederick Vaughn on October 25, 1941. They were married for 69 years.

After Jim & Jean were married they moved to the Seattle area where they built their first home with the help of Jim’s grandfathers. That was the first of many building & remodeling projects that they worked on together over the years. Jean was the granddaughter of pioneers of the Monitor, Washington area, a fact of which she was very proud. Her family is still growing apples on the land her grandparents homesteaded. Jean loved anything with an apple theme. She was a charter and very active member of the Highline United Methodist Church in Burien serving the church in many capacities over the years. Jean loved to sew, knit, collect stamps and coins, and read. She was never without something to read, and once her eyesight failed, she turned to books on tape for her “reading”. Her marriage, her family, and her faith were her priorities. She will be greatly missed.

Jean is survived by her children, John & Barbara, her grandchildren Jim, Marie, Kim, Jana & Julie, great-grandchildren Brie, Brandon, Ellie, Will & Charlie, and many extended family & friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Jim in 2011, her daughter Sandy in 1993, and his grandson Jay in 1985.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


Former longtime local resident Philip Louis Huff, 94, passed away Oct. 10, 2015, at his daughter’s home in Medford, Ore.
He was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Selah, Wash., to Edgar and Amelia (Mischke) Huff. Phil graduated from Yakima High School and earned an associate of arts degree in accounting from Yakima Valley Junior College.
On Oct. 25, 1940, Phil married Faye McCallum in Yakima. They moved to the local area from Grandview, Wash., in 1959. Phil was a licensed public accountant in Grandview before owning and operating OK Tire Store in Longview from 1959 to 1990.
Phil was a member of the Longview Nazarene Church, and loved family gatherings and travel. He moved to Medford, Ore., in 2008.
Phil is survived by five children, Barbara Inglis (Gary) of Addy, Wash., Raymond Huff (Noreen) of Fall City, Wash., Roger Huff (Judi) of Castle Rock, Audra Light of Medford and Philip H. Huff (Theresa) of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Faye in 2001; and two sisters, Susie Wilson and Belle Broom.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Longview Nazarene Church. Phil’s grandsons, The Rev. Matthew Huff and The Rev. Thad Huff will officiate. A reception will follow at the church. Cremation has taken place and Phil’s ashes will be laid to rest with his wife Faye at a pioneer cemetery in Teanaway, Wash.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nazarene World Missions in care of the Longview Nazarene Church or a charity of choice.

Marji Herzog Reed Obituary

January 23, 1957-June 7, 2015 Marji Mae Reed of Snohomish, Wash., beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away June 7, 2015.Marji is now in heaven with her father and brother, but her legacy continues in her husband, Rod; children, Shawnie (Shane), Kady (Shane), Jesse, Tessa (Joel), Emily and Weston; grandchildren, Amy, Aaron, Malachi and Elsy; mother, Miriam; and sisters, Marty and Maree. Marji was born to George and Miriam Herzog in Seattle, Wash. on January 23, 1957. She was the youngest of four children. When she was little, she moved with her family to Machias, Wash. where she grew up, got married and raised six children of her own. Marji worked as a nurse, homemaker, home-school teacher and volunteer. She always selflessly and joyfully served others. She wanted everyone to experience the love of her Savior, Jesus Christ! The things her family and friends learned from Marji and hope to reflect include: shower your family with love, bloom where you are planted, serve with your whole heart, this too shall pass, God is big enough, enjoy every moment - for this moment is your life... A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Chapel in Lake Stevens, Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Memorial donations be made to Stonewater Ranch, https://egsnetwork.com/gift2?giftid=75719C252B4A458 or the Snohomish Food Bank, http://snohomish foodbank.org/dgx.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Noah G Durham

Noah G. Durham family portrait: 
(from the Album of Elsie D. Cox)

Elizabeth, Noah is front left, next to him is his wife, Mary Frances Woodul. Next to her is daughter, Mary Elizabeth Durham, Next to her it is another of their daughters (Lorena B. Durham or Susan B. Durham). BACK ROW starting left behind Noah, is my relative, William Smith Durham. Next to him is Dorsey Wren Durham and next to him, Jesse Noah Durham.

Noah G. Durham was born September 1854 in Georgia.  He married (1) Martha Lorena Ponder on April 07, 1878.  She was born in 1847 and died in 1878. He married (2) Mary Francis Woodul on Febuary 09, 1879 in Nevada, Arkansas. He died November 03, 1915 in Nevada, Arkansas. 

The children of Noah G. & Martha (Ponder) Durham were:
1.  Lorena B. Durham was born in 1878.  She died November 22, 1916.

The children of Noah G & Mary (Woodul) Durham were:

1.  Susan Beulah Durham was born January 25, 1880 and died April 04, 1984 in Hope Arkansas.

William Marvin Durham family portrait

2.  William Marvin Durham was born in 1882 in Nevada, Arkansas.  He married Etta Luticia Brasher July 30, 1901 in Elderado, Arkansas.  He was the son of Noah G. and Mary Francis (WOODUL) Durham. He died on November 27, 1907 in Nevada, Arkansas.

Mary Elizabeth Durham

3.  Mary Elizabeth Durham was born September 27, 1884 and died January 24, 1917 in Nevada, Arkansas.

Will Smith Durham

4.  William Smith Durham was born July 13, 1886 in Nevada, Arkansas and died January 16, 1928 in Nevada, Arkansas.

Dorsey Wren Durham

5.  Dorsey Wren Durham was born September 28, 1888 and died December 06, 1963 in Prescot, Nevada, Arkansas.

John Jesse Noah Durham

6.  John "Jesse" Noah Durham was born June 15, 1890 and died June 13, 1972 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Thomas (Tommy) Durham

Above is William Marvin & Etta Brasher Durham with Ruby, Tommy & Johnny
                                                     (from the Album of Elsie D. Cox)
TOMMY DURHAM was born July 27, 1905 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and died December 04, 1992 in Zephyrhills, Florida. He was the son of William Marvin & Etta Luticia (BRASHER) Durham. He married DOROTHY.  She died February 1992 in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Cremation: Florida
Occupation: Chef