Vaughn Gordon Hamilton, Sr., age 86, a longtime resident of Central Park, died on June 10, 2013, at his home. He was born on January 28, 1927, in National, Washington to Stanton Cecil Augustus and Blanche Margaret (DeCou) Hamilton. After a short time, the family moved to Pacific Beach and then Copalis Crossing.
Vaughn attended Hoquiam High School but left early in 1944 when he joined the Navy and served on the Destroyer U.S.S. Gurke as a Machinist’s Mate during World War II. After being discharged he returned to high school and graduated in 1947. After high school he attended the West Coast University in Los Angeles in 1948 where he received two diplomas for diesel and automotive mechanics.
On May 26, 1951, Vaughn married Helen Nielsen. That same year he was recalled to active duty for a short stint during the Korean War. Vaughn and Helen lived in Pacific Beach for many years where he built the Zany Zebra Zip-In Restaurant that the family operated for several years. They moved to Central Park in 1975.
He had a long career in the logging and lumber industries where he worked in various mechanic and maintenance supervisory roles for Aloha Lumber Company, Evans Products, Mayr Brothers and Harpo Investments until he retired in 2002.
Vaughn was a member of the Pacific Beach Gospel Chapel and later the Central Park Baptist Church where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School and serving on the church board.
He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed many family outings. He also enjoyed tinkering around on various vehicles or helping out on construction projects when someone needed a hand. Vaughn enjoyed traveling to various locations with his wife where they could hunt for rocks to support their hobby of collecting rocks and making jewelry.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Helen of the family home; three daughters and their spouses, Peggy and Jeff Rockholt of Bakersfield, Calif., Kay and Kirk Sund of Hoquiam and Debra Jean Hamilton of Buckley; a son, Vaughn Hamilton, Jr. of Aberdeen; a sister, Margaret Pettis of Copalis Crossing and two brothers, Jimmy Hamilton of Pacific Beach and David Hamilton of Lewiston, Idaho; four grandchildren, Clark Hulet, Trisha Hulet, Lareesa Rockholt and Kelsey Sund; and two great-grandchildren, Jade Hulet and Maxx Hulet.
Visitation will be at the Coleman Mortuary from 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 13th and 14th. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Central Park Baptist Church, 6308 Central Park Drive, Aberdeen, Wash.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Central Park Baptist Church.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.