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Thomas Vaughn

June 15, 1980 — January 21, 2021

Thomas Vaughn

Thomas Lucas Vaughn

Age 40 of Elwood and formerly of Braidwood, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 21, 2021 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Born June 15, 1980 in Joliet, Illinois, Thomas Lucas is a son of Tammie (nee Lucas) Parrish and Douglas Vaughn. He was raised in Elwood; moved to Braidwood in Junior High, and graduated from Reed Custer High School (1998), where he excelled as a linebacker with Reed Custer football. Tom went on to go through the apprenticeship program with Local 150, and has worked as an operating engineer for the past 20 years. In addition to being a member of Local 150 Operating Engineers, Tom belonged to the South Wilmington Sportsman’s Club.

One who loved the outdoors, fishing and four wheeling, Tom had a dare devil demeanor and was known to always be on ‘Tom’s time’. He will most be remembered for his contagious smile and laugh.

Survivors include his two children: Lucas Austin Vaughn of Essex and Bailey Grace Vaughn of Glen Ellyn; his parents: Tammie (Ronald) Parrish of Morris and Douglas Vaughn of Elwood; brother, Mark (Ashley) Vaughn; sisters: Rachel Gibson, Bre Parrish and Alyssa Parrish; nieces and nephews: Makiah, Tyler, Caeden, Nolan, Annistyn, Elliette, Audrey and Kade, as well as Lydia and Zoei, who are the children of Megan and Corey Mikula; grandparents: John Lucas of Shorewood and Don and Susie Parrish and Lily Simenson of Wilmington, and aunts and uncles: Barb Lucas, Angela (Wes) Breton, Tony Lucas, Bob Lucas, Jody (Lyle) Sabotta, John Vaughn, Brooke Grimes, and Jill (Brian) Gill, as well as his girlfriend, Melinda Botha.

Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents: Sonja Lucas, Sherrie Lucas, Thomas Vaughn, Peggy and Bob Benham, and John Simenson, and his nephew, Liam Vaughn.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation at Ignite Christian Church, 1180 West First Street in Braidwood on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service 4:00 p.m. Pastor Jeff Whittum will officiate.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Tom’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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