Albert Vaughn Oetting

Albert Vaughn Oetting, age 86 of Levasy, Missouri passed peacefully on March 9th, 2021. Vaughn was born on February 1, 1935 in Raytown, Missouri to Ruth Benfield and Albert Oetting.

He attended Raytown High School, and then served in the US Army Reserves. He later attended the University of Central Missouri where he earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Education, and a Masters of Science degree in Physical Education.

Vaughn worked for over 30 years as a Physical Education and Health Teacher within the Independence School District, before retiring in 1995. He was a beloved teacher and positively impacted the lives of many young people. He organized many outdoor field days for school, church and family events. Vaughn was also Deacon in the Community of Christ Church.

Vaughn was an avid collector of jokes, a loyal Kansas City sports fan and he loved making people laugh. His favorite joke was, “What did the fish say when he ran into the wall?”

He is survived by; his wife of 40 years, Judy Oetting; his children, Kevin Oetting and wife Lynice; daughter, Kerri Aulabaugh and husband Derrick; step children, Mary Pettet and husband, Tim, James McFarlane and wife, Cheryl; siblings, Bob Oetting and wife Tommie Ruth; grandchildren, Haleigh, Blake, Grace, Erik, Megan, Tevor, Anna, Bryce and Abby; great grandchildren, Makala, Raylene and Hailey.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jo Wolfe (Oetting).

Due to the pandemic, no funeral is being held. Please leave your memories of Vaughn in the Guest Book section of this memorial. Special thanks to family, church community and the staff at Blue Hills Rest Home who provided compassionate care during his final days.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Outreach International.


  1. Lori H on March 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Vaughn was a loving, compassionate man. He could always be counted on for a ‘good’ joke or two and loved conversing about the Chiefs and Mizzou. I will miss his bright smile and his personal way if praying. I’m sure he is already organizing a dodge ball game or something like it in heaven!

  2. Nephew John on March 11, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Uncle Vaughn was the classic cornball uncle. His humor drew everyone to him, and they soon saw his kindness and his love for life and family. Heaven is in for many more laughs now that he has come home.

  3. Brandon Sherman on March 11, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Uncle Vaughn was loved by everyone who knew him. I have fond memories of spending time with you all when I was little. Sending our love and deepest condolences.

  4. Eric Bruns on March 12, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Vaughn was like a grandfather to me, but more than that he was a friend. When I was young my parents thought we should go to another church because I didn’t have anyone my age. I didn’t want to leave because I told them I’d miss my friends…like Vaughn. He was a big reason I enjoyed going to church and he will be greatly missed.

  5. Tanya Sargert on March 12, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Vaughn was always so thoughtful to take time to talk to everyone at a gathering and to ask how they were doing, plus he would always try to find common ground to converse about. I loved that he always had a joke ready to tell, and I loved that he fit right in to our nature and adventure loving family!

  6. Marla Terrell on March 13, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Vaughn will be missed. He was a very kind, caring and giving man who loved to tell jokes. He loved family and church based activities. A stranger didn’t stay a stranger for long. That’s a trait I always admired. Vaughn could make them feel right at home. He will be missed. But heaven will be a little funnier place now.

  7. Linda Morgan on March 13, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Judy-we have so many great memories of Vaughn??Every conversation started out funny, but then he would always check in and had a way of making you feel his love and care. We are sending our hugs, love and prayers. Bill and Linda Morgan

  8. Dianne Kixmiller on March 13, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Great people leave their positive mark on others and Vaughn did that. I’ll remember his smile and humor. Peace to Judy and family.

  9. Kirk and Lynn Arnold on March 15, 2021 at 12:57 am

    JUDY, we are sad to hear of your husbands death. You will in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.

  10. Dean Hubbard on March 15, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Judy, remembering Von and you, always remember only, the precious moments nothing else matters! God choicest blessings to you. Dean

  11. Dean and Tura Alberti on March 16, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Judy, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. May God comfort you and sustain you in this time of sorrow.

  12. Jack Scogin -Wm Chrisman '86-'90 on January 17, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    Mr Oetting was my gym coach my Freshman year at Wm Chrisman, and again as my Health teacher my Jr year, he was a one of a kind teacher, always cracking jokes to lighten the mood, often times at his own expense, and truly cared about his students!! “Friends, give me your gut feeling”, well Mr Oetting, my gut feeling is you mad a lasting impact on this life, and I know many, many others! God Bless, my friend

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