Kevin M. Vaughn

Kevin M. Vaughn, age 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on October 14, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, in the loving arms of his wife, Kathy.  To honor Kevin’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Happy’s Place, 2323 Rockdale Road in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 1:00 p.m., followed by a prayer and remembrance moment. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Kevin’s family.


Kevin was born on December 14, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, one of three children to Jay and Norma (Nurre) Vaughn.  Kevin has spent most of his life in the Dubuque area and learned very quickly the value of being surrounded by family and friends.  After graduating from high school, he proudly joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he honorably served his country and gained the skills he would use to later provide for his family.  Upon completing his duty, Kevin spent a few years in the security department at Target, before finally taking the plunge and moving into the field of auto mechanics for the remainder of his working career.  He spent the majority of his years with Addoco, and lastly with Premier Tool and Die before chronic health issues eventually made their way into his life.  Kevin always made his best attempt to find balance between work and play and found some of his most joyful moments to be discovered in the great outdoors.  Deer and pheasant hunting were definitely at the top of his list, but an afternoon out on the boat, or working in the garden would also suffice.  He also enjoyed the fellowship of friends whenever possible and holding the position of Exalted Ruler for 2 terms at the Elk’s Lodge was surely a way to make that happen.  Kevin’s primary goal in life was to embrace it whenever possible and hopefully bring a smile to the faces of all who knew and loved him.  His medical battles had sadly taken a toll on Kevin’s daily life, but his spirit never surrendered to their continued assault.  We find ourselves in a place today which we would give anything to change, but we also trust and know that Kevin’s soul now resides in eternal peace, free from the earthly confines which plagued him so.  We will love, miss, and treasure every moment and memory we possess moving forward.  May the loving grace of the Lord be yours Kevin until we meet again. 


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kevin include,


his loving wife of 35 years,

Katherine “Kathy” Vaughn, Dubuque, Iowa;


his son,

Kevin Michael Vaughn, Dubuque, Iowa;


his mother,

Norma (Dale Budde) Vaughn, Dubuque, Iowa;


his siblings,

Ron “R.V.” (Shirley) Vaughn, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Laura Christensen, Minneapolis, Minnesota;


his mother-in-law,

Phyllis Naumann, Dubuque, Iowa;


his brothers and sisters-in-law,

Mary Schneider, Hazel Green, Wisconsin,

Eugene (Sherri) Naumann, Hanover, Illinois,

Marvin (Michelle) Naumann, Baltimore, Maryland,

Mike (Karri) Naumann, Orlando, Florida,

Dave (Julie) Naumann, Dubuque, Iowa,

Randy (Amy) Naumann, Peosta, Iowa,

and Janet Naumann, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;


special family members,

Fran “Henry” (Arleen) Ouderkirk, Durango, Iowa;


along with numerous other extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Jay Vaughn; his father-in-law, Gerald Naumann; and his brother-in-law, Steve Schneider.


Kevin’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the University of Iowa for all of their professional and compassionate care of Kevin and his family.  Also, a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of our family and friends who have helped us navigate these most difficult days.  Your kindness and consideration has surely brought a peace into our days that we cannot thank you enough for.  Thank you!


Online condolences may be shared with Kevin’s family at


Celebration of Life

Happy's Place
2323 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52003
October 24th, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Full Military Honors

Happy's Place
2323 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52003
October 24th, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Prayer and Remembrance Service

Happy's Place
2323 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52003
October 24th, 2020 at 1:30 PM

18 comments on “Kevin M. Vaughn
  1. Sheila Vandermillen says:

    Sending a big hug and my condolences to you Kathy, your son & family. May you be blessed with strength and surrounded with love. Let the memories of Kevin guide you. So very sad for your loss.
    Sheila (Steil) Vandermillen

  2. Ron and Erin Boltik says:

    So sorry for your lost. Thinking of you Kathy and Kevin and family!

  3. Carole Reed says:

    Kathy, I’m so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. I enjoyed being neighbors when we lived on Jennifer Ct.

  4. Scott and Karan Lawlor says:

    Rest In Peace my friend. Always enjoyed your company. My family’s hearts and prayers are with you. 🙏

  5. Joe Koos says:

    To Kevin’s Family:
    We have lost a great individual. A guy that would hold no punches, tell it like he saw it. Always willing to lend a helping hand. It is a great loss for you.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  6. Jennifer (Wareham) Leibold says:

    Kathy and the family and loved ones of Kevin,
    My most heartfelt sympathy to you. So very sorry to hear of the passing of Kevin. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless,

  7. Chris Schmitt says:

    Kathy as long as I’ve known you and your family. I know you have strength to get through this. Life is so unpredictable and we learn fast how precious our time is. Your in my prayers and I’ll be thinking of you.

  8. Rod Clemen says:

    So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  9. Elizabeth Lind says:

    Ron and Shirley, So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends ♥️🙏♥️

  10. Linda Ready says:

    So sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. He was such a character and always had a story to tell, he will be missed by many. God bless you all and Godspeed Kevin.

  11. Gary and Nancy Strohmeyer says:

    Kathy, Norma, RV and Shirley, and family. Nancy and I are very saddened to read of the passing of a husband, son, and brother. Know that Kevin is in the arms of our Lord in comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Tom & Bridget says:

    RV Shirley & family we are very sorry for your loss. May you find peace & comfort during this difficult time.

  13. Karen Herber says:

    Kathy and Kevin, Sending love and wishes for peace to you at the loss of your husband and dad. We hope you feel the support of all those whose lives were touched by Kevin and celebrate him at his services to come. May the stories of their connections to him sustain you moving forward. Karen & Chris Herber and family

  14. Peggy Stockel says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. I know how much Gage enjoyed Kevin and always grateful for helping him out with his car or just taking time to BS. Gage said Kevin (Michael) is like a brother or the closest to him like a brother. Our hearts are sad for you all and thoughts and prayers will continue in the days to come.

  15. So sorry to hear of kevins passing. Our hearts go out to you and you family during this time. We always enjoyed your company at graceland and for being oir neighbors down the road.hugs from arizona.

  16. Ursula Onken says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Greg Turman says:

    Rest in peace, cousin.

  18. Allan Ede says:

    Mary Jo and I extend our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow to Kathy and her entire family.

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