Thomas Vaughn

ELWOOD—Thomas Lucas Vaughn, 40, of Elwood and formerly of Braidwood, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Born June 15, 1980 in Joliet, Thomas Lucas was 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 in 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 Lily Simenson and Don and Susie Parrish, both 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 W. First St. in Braidwood on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 from 1 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 4 p.m. Pastor Jeff Whittum will officiate.
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Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.