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Vaughn Sherman, 1948-2023

Vaughn Sherman, 75, of Dryden, passed away on April 27, 2023 at the Roswell Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Vaughn and his family are long-term members and supporters of NODPA and the organic dairy industry.

He was born on March 30, 1948 in Cortland, NY to his parents the late Gerald Sherman and Ardella (Weatherby) Sherman. For the entirety of his life, his family and his farm meant everything to him. Vaughn graduated from Dryden Central School in 1966 and was President of his FFA class. He continued his education at SUNY Cobleskill, earning a Associates Degree in Applied Science with a major in agriculture. Throughout his farming career Vaughn was involved in various farming and agricultural organizations. He was the Organic Valley DEC rep for NY and was a member of the Holstein Association. He was a member of the Dryden School Board, and looked forward to coaching his sons basketball, soccer, and baseballs teams.

Vaughn’s love of farming started as a child growing up on the family farm. He started milking the cows at an early age and building his Holstein herd when he was in high school. He and Susan bought the family farm in 1976 and it continued to grow and expand into the farm it is today. Throughout the years he hosted numerous tour groups from local schools, and various other organizations. One of his favorites was the Dryden Central School first grade classes that would come out to the farm for a field trip in June. Tompkins County Cooperative Extension would organize it but Vaughn’s job was to drive the tractor that pulled the wagon for the hayride for the kids. It was always one of their favorite parts of the tour.

Vaughn is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Susan (Engle) Sherman; sons Jeremy (Michelle), Trever (Monica), Ryan (Chrissy), and Derek (Katie) Sherman; grandchildren Seth, Emmett, Adrianna, Stella, Ariana, Blake, Miya, Cole, London, Quinten Sherman and Marlee Vinzant; and his siblings Elaine, Sharon (Tom), and Brent along with many nieces and nephews.

In Vaughn’s memory donations can be made to The American Cancer Society or your local 4H group.

At Vaughn’s request there will be no formal services. The family will be holding a celebration of his life on June 18th at the family farm.

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