Kennedy Vaughn Jr.

July 1, 2018 GMT

South Sioux City

Kennedy Vaughn Jr., 67, of South Sioux City, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at his home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to www.meyerbroschapels.com.

Kennedy was born April 7, 1951, in Chicago, Ill. He was the son of Edna (Judd) and Kennedy Vaughn Sr. Kennedy grew up in Chicago and attended Charles Richard Drew Elementary School. Later he attended Gillespie Junior High and graduated from Harlan High School. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire campus.

On Feb. 14, 1970, Kennedy married Wilhemena Bellamy in Milwaukee, Wis. They were married for 43 years and to this union three children were born. Mena passed away on Jan. 15, 2013. Kennedy worked for Edison Power Company as a draftsman in Chicago. Later he moved to Milwaukee, Wis. and worked for Wisconsin Electric Company for 20 years. As an entrepreneur, he owned and operated two bars and lounges in Milwaukee. Finally, he relocated to the Siouxland area and worked for Gateway 2000. He ended his career with Pech Optical until he retired.

Kennedy was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully on the usher board. He was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls. Kennedy enjoyed golfing and was a huge Tiger Woods fan. He also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles for relaxation. He demonstrated his love for music by co-founding the Love Masters singing group in Chicago in 1970. The Love Masters performed on the popular music show in Chicago, The Soul Train, performing their hit record, “Push and Pull” in 1970. His most requested song was “Always and Forever.”

Survivors include his mother, Edna “Honey” Vaughn of Chicago; his children, Soneni “Nene” Brown and her husband, Michael of South Sioux City, Kennedy Vaughn III and his wife, Allison of Skokie, Ill., and Rani M. Vaughn of South Sioux City; two sisters, Eunice Woods and her husband, John of North Ridge, Calif., and Linda J. Bond of Chicago; seven grandchildren, Silas Brown, Mychyl Brown, Bogan Brown, Kailey Vaughn, Khyah Vaughn, Kennedy Vaughn IV and Avery Vaughn.

Kennedy was preceded in death his father; his wife; and a nephew, Michael Bond.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church or Hospice of Siouxland.