WHITE HEATH – Ecus "Eck" Vaughn, 96, of White Heath passed away at 11:50 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) at the Piatt County Nursing Home, surrounded by family.
Ecus was born March 3, 1916, in the hills of Nancy, Ky., to Archie and Lucy (Dalton) Vaughn, one of 10 brothers and sisters. He was the last survivor of that large family.
Ecus came to Illinois as a young boy of 14 to work on his brother's farm and in 1940 he met and married the love of his life, Henrietta "Tat" Vaughn. They were married 71 years and produced five children, Sharon (Ray) Cunningham of Bloomington; Bill (Cheryl) Vaughn of White Heath; Kay Dianne (Sonny) Nolan of Champaign; Mark (Mary) Vaughn of Flossmoor; and Kim (Keith) Pforr of Champaign.
Also surviving are two special nephews, Geo (Sheri) Peterson of Champaign and Michael (Jan) Peterson of Florida.
He leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
Ecus was preceded in death by his wife, his daughter Dianne, a granddaughter, a great-grandson, his parents, three brothers and six sisters.
For 38 years, Ecus worked at Clifford-Jacobs of Champaign until he retired in 1982.
As a young man, his hard work earned him a chance to compete in the Illinois Hand Corn Husking Contest, where he was twice Illinois state champion, and three times - in 1938, 1939 and 1940 - he went to Nationals, competing in the top five from 11 states.
Corn husking by hand would end after the war, so Ecus moved to a new sport, bowling. Being quite good earned him Hall of Fame Honors in Champaign County and the Illinois Bowling Hall of Fame.
In addition to being an avid Illini fan, Ecus loved his Chicago Cubs; he and his wife spent many springs after retirement watching training in Mesa, Ariz.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, with visitation one hour before the service at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello, with Rev. Dalene Kuebler officiating. Interment will be in Ingram Cemetery in White Heath.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the White Heath Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com .