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Vaughn Richard Axling, 47, passed away on May 20, 2017 at Franciscan Hospice House after a 7-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was born on May 3rd, 1970 in Spokane WA. His parents were Richard and Margaret.

Vaughn served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1992 as an M-1 Abrams hull mechanic with the 4/34 Armored Division. For his service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 bronze stars. He was honorably discharged with the rank of E-4 in 1992.

Among his hobbies and interests, Vaughn enjoyed model railroading, and was a member of N-Land Empire N-Scalers while residing in Spokane. When ALS robbed him of his ability perform the detail work required for model railroading, he became a prolific collector of Hot Wheels, amassing a collection of more than 10,000, and making friends with many collectors along the way.

Vaughn is survived by his wife, Sarah, his ex-wife Michelle, and his daughters, Micah, Emmah, and Riley, his sister Diana Probert (Scott), step-brothers, John Klein (Traci) and Ryan Klein (Denise) and many nieces and nephews.

A small military service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:30. A gathering of friends and family will take place following the service at Tahoma Hall 23806 190th Ave SE Kent Washington 98042.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Vaughn's memory can be made to:

The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter
19226 66th Avenue S - #L-105
Kent, WA 98032
alsa-ec.org
or
The Northwest Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America
NWPVA
616 SW 152nd Street, Suite B
Burien, Washington 98166
http://www.nwpva.org/donate.html