Vaughan Philbrook, 83, died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Nov. 10, 2010.

Vaughan was born in Portland Feb. 27, 1927, a son of Leland and Ruth (Atherton) Philbrook. He grew up in Warren, attending local schools and graduating from Warren High School in 1945. On June 19, 1945, he enlisted in the Army. He was a Private 1st Class for Company C of the 313th Medical Battalion.

On Aug. 1, 1953, Vaughan married the love of his life, Gwendolyn M. Jackson. The couple resided in Warren, raising their two children. Later on, in 1979, they moved to Lincolnville. Vaughan retired as plate shop manager for the Maine State Prison in Thomaston.

Throughout his life, Vaughan and his wife enjoyed 100,000 miles on their Harley Davidson. They also enjoyed dancing the night away. He was a 50-year member of the Masons. He loved to spend time with his family and seemed to know just about everyone.

Vaughan was predeceased by his parents, and a son, Larry Lee Philbrook.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gwen Philbrook; a son, Ron Philbrook, and his wife, Denise, of Warren; three grandchildren, Larry V. Phibrook, and his fiancé, Billie Jo Eggen, of Lincolnville, Allison D. Philbrook, and her companion, Brandon Moody, of Appleton and Missy L. Philbrook of Warren; three siblings and their families, Jan Andrews and her husband, Paul, Warren Philbrook and his wife, Betty, all of Warren, and Cal Seeley of Brewer; as well as many nieces and nephews; and special friends Robby and Ginny Robinson and Bill and Jill Glover. Vaughan also leaves behind his beloved dog, Buddy.

Per Vaughan’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Knox Center for Long Term Care, 2nd Floor, 6 White St., Rockland, ME 04841 or to the Maine Cancer Society.

The family wishes to express their great appreciation to the staff at the Knox Center for the care Vaughan received during his stay.

Arrangements are with Crabiel Riposta Funeral Home, and condolences may be offered to the family at