Lawyer Pete Vaughn, 78, known for his 'keen wit,' has died

Pete Vaughn

Anyone who knew or worked with longtime Omaha lawyer Pete Vaughn was familiar with his sense of humor.

His wife, Pam Vaughn of Omaha, recalled the time he left the men's room at a restaurant with an extended tail of toilet paper deliberately tucked into the back of his trousers, much to the delight of fellow diners.

Cindy Workman of Creighton University mentioned the time he flew a Jolly Roger flag outside his office window in the point of the Flatiron Building.

“Pete was well-known for his keen wit and sense of humor,” said Mike Coyle, a lawyer at Fraser Stryker.

Vaughn died Sunday at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home after suffering multiple strokes, his wife said. He was 78.

Vaughn, who was with Fraser Stryker the bulk of his career, had an estate planning and corporate practice. He also was involved in the leadership of the firm as a member of its executive committee.

Vaughn was a outdoorsman who loved fly fishing and hunting upland game and ducks.

“He didn't put off things. He embraced life,” his wife said.

The couple went bonefishing along the Bahamas, took a safari in Africa, canoed on the Amazon River and traveled in Mexico, Central America and China.

They also took bird-watching trips. He enjoyed them so much that his license plate read “Birder.”

Vaughn, who was born and raised in Omaha, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and then attended the University of Oxford in England.

He attended Stanford University Law School before transferring to the law school at Creighton University. He graduated from CU in 1960 and began working for the now-closed Omaha law firm of White, Lipp. He moved to Fraser Stryker in 1965, retiring as a partner in 2000.

He was a member of the Omaha and Nebraska Bar Associations and was active in the Omaha Estate Planning Council.

In addition to his wife of nearly 34 years, survivors include Vaughn's son, Daniel Vaughn of Seattle; daughters, Maria Sullivan, Therese Weiner and Elizabeth Kroll, all of Omaha; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St.

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