Vaughn Lowell ShampNovember 30, 1924 ~ July 7, 2016 (age 91)
Vaughn Lowell Shamp passed away peacefully from this world on July 7th, 2016 in Port Angeles, WA. After a 2-year battle with cancer, he joyfully joined his Savior in Heaven from whom he received the gift of eternal life in his later years.
December 1925 Vaughn was born to Benjamin and Gladys (nee Ellingson) Shamp in Minnesota. He was the 4th of 5 children: Marjorie Mae (Margie Bourget), James Benjamin (Jimmy), Lorraine Ann (Rainey DeFrang) and Delores Jean (Duffy DeFrang). When Vaughn was 6 years old, the death of his father left his mother to raise 5 children alone. During the Depression, he spent memorable summers on his grandparents Christopher and Anna Ellingson’s farm in Farwell, MN. At 15 years old he got his first job working in an ice house. At age 17, with permission from his mother, he joined the US Navy to fight in WWII. He attended Purdue University studying the discipline of Electrical Science and was assigned to the destroyer escort, USS Cates. He rose through the enlisted ranks to Chief Electrician’s Mate until he was honorably discharged in 1947.
On New Year’s Eve 1945, while on liberty in Newark, NJ, Vaughn met Dorothy (Sherry) Maude Norris, the love of his life. They married, August of 1946 in St. Augustine, FL. In 1947 they settled in Port Angeles, WA. Where they bought their first home, living there for almost 70 years, raising 7 children.
He found immediate employment with Olympic Electric, where he worked for 44 years. As a steadfast employee he spent many hours at home working into the night on blue prints and many other tasks to keep the shop running efficiently. Vaughn was a master electrician extraordinaire and loved the electrical trade. He saw conduit work and electrical panel installation as an art.
Vaughn was a wonderful man, devoted husband, father, grandpa, son and brother gracing our lives with songs, hugs, and help on any project life would bring us. He found his joy and satisfaction in life by serving and helping others. He was a rare soul that will be missed by the many lives touched with his gift of constant selfless caring and giving.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, sister Delores (Duffy) DeFrang, brother in law Robert (Bobby) DeFrang, children Bruce (Vicki) of Tacoma, Mark (Nancy) of Port Angeles, Marsha (Mark O’Sullivan) of Port Angeles, Valerie (Gallacci) of Port Angeles, Jeffery of Port Angeles, Gail (Dennis Wilhelm) of Port Angeles, and Leo (Marsha) of Port Angeles.
He is preceded in death by both parents, brother James (KIA USS Juneau, WWII), sisters Marjorie and Lorraine, brothers in law Leo (Bo) Bourget and Donald (Donny) DeFrang, son in law David Gallacci, and grandson Matthew Michael Shamp. His legacy lives on through his children, 34 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren…and counting.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vaughn's name to Straight View Baptist Church Building Fund: 518 W 8th ST, Port Angeles, WA 98362