Francis J. Vaughan

Nov. 12, 1927 - Nov. 2, 2005

Francis J. Vaughan, 77, of Sun City, Ariz., found peace Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Francis, or "Fran" as most of us knew him, was born Nov. 12, 1927, on the Vaughan family farm in Sullivan. He was the son of John and Cecelia Vaughan. Remaining behind with loving thoughts and memories are Marge Anderson, his longtime companion, of Sun City; children, Judith Shows (Russell) of Durango, Colo., Kathleen Vaughan (John Treadway) of La Jolla, Calif., Joe Vaughan of Durango and James Vaughan (Kim) of Denver; two grandchildren, Molly and Kevin Vaughan of Denver; and by his brother, Howard Vaughan of Waukesha.

Fran graduated from Waukesha High School in 1945. He then served his country in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. During his Army service he met his late wife, Mary Vitale. They were married May 14, 1949. Mary and Fran spent time providing for their family where the children learned the values of education and hard work.

Fran spent 40 years at the Waukesha Water Utility retiring in 1990. During this time, Fran was a strong advocate for employee rights and improved health care benefits. In 1991, he relocated to Sun City but remained a strident Packer fan and was vigilant in his desire to see the state of Wisconsin do well. For more than 18 years he actively served the city of Waukesha in elected positions. He was as an alderman for the city on two separate occasions; a board of education member from 1971 to 1982, including a term as president from 1977 to 1982; and a member of the Waukesha Water Commission from 1991 to 1993. The "new" city hall was opened in 1967 during his first tenure as an alderman. He was instrumental in the opening of Waukesha North High School in 1975. He was also a longtime member of St. Maryís Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered for his political convictions and tenacity.

He was an avid golfer which prompted his son, Jim, to take an active interest in golf. He was known locally as a tough competitor in sheepshead, euchre and cribbage. His mind for numbers may have led three of his four children to careers in business and finance. In loving memory, daughter Judy carries the family support of the Packers from Durango. Daughter Kathleen shares his quick wit and sense of humor. Son Joe shares Franís love of reading multiple daily newspapers. Son Jim carries fond memories of the Memorial Day open and many days on the golf course together. Marge Anderson recounts the day she first saw him on her porch in Sun City and thought "Wow."

Together we share a celebration of Franís life at St. Maryís Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, on Friday, Nov. 11. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a funeral Mass immediately following.

Donations may be made to the Francis & Mary Vaughan Foundation (for cancer research) at 5461 Soapweed Circle, Parker, CO 80134.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit for online obituaries, directions or condolences.