Vaughn Boruff


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Posted Online: March 28, 2013, 7:35 pm
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Vaughn R. Boruff, 82, of Buffalo Prairie, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family into the presence of his Savior on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, at the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church. Interment is at Buffalo Prairie Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. by the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge No. 679. Memorials may be made to the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church, Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge No. 679 or to the Buffalo Prairie Cemetery Association. Online condolences can be made at fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born May 15, 1930, in Eliza Township, to Chester and Lucy Powell Boruff. Vaughn graduated from Joy High School, Class of 1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1948 and served on the USS Valley Forge. He was honorably discharged and returned to the family farm.
He was a semi-retired farmer and active community volunteer and took his greatest satisfaction from his involvement in the lives of his family.
In addition to volunteer activities, many may have known Vaughn as a clerk throughout his life at local auctions or from playing for many years at local dances as a member of Elliott's Orchestra. At one of these dances he met his future bride, Shirley A. Guthrie, and they married Aug. 31, 1952, in Aledo. They were married for 58 years until her passing on Sept. 4, 2010.
Vaughn enjoyed traveling, dancing and spending time with his grandkids. He was a devout Illini fan and loved watching old movies.
He was a lifelong member of the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church, serving in many capacities, including church treasurer for many years, a past Master and 50-year member of the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge No. 679, past patron of the Buffalo Prairie Order of the Eastern Star, a 50-year member of the Moline Consistory and Kaaba Shrine in Davenport, a past-president and member of the former Westmer School Board, and he was on the board of directors and a past president of the Hamlet Mutual Insurance Company, a board member of the Buffalo Prairie Cemetery Association, and also was on the board of directors at the Buffalo Prairie State Bank for many years.
Survivors include three sons, Chet (Joy) Boruff, Moline, and their children, Scott (Amanda) Boruff and Amy Boruff, all of Chicago; Greg (Diane) Boruff, Reynolds, and their children, Abby Boruff, West Des Moines, Iowa, Rob Boruff, Buffalo Prairie, Melissa Varnell, Reynolds, Nicole (Brandon) Lafever, Illinois City, and Kayla (Lance) Bull, Buffalo Prairie; Stan (Karla) Boruff, Illinois City, and their children, Nick (Marissa) Boruff, Illinois City, Alyssa Boruff, West Des Moines, and Taylor Boruff, Illinois City; nine great-grandchildren, Will, Colin, Kimber, Colton, Hailie, Isabelle, Samantha, Natalie and Garrett; two brothers, Marlin (Helen) Boruff and Gary (Pat) Boruff, both of Venice, Fla.; one very special companion, Nancy Retherford and her family; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
His parents; wife, Shirley; and two brothers, John and Glenn, preceded him in death.












 



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