Obituary of Thomas Vaughn
Thomas Oren “Tom” Vaughn was born on December 19, 1970, in Eloise, Michigan. The son of Stewart Vaughn and Wanda (Day) Vaughn Bybee, Tom was raised in River Rouge until the age of ten. After the age of ten, Tom grew up in a military household living in several states. His journey took an exceptional turn after graduating from Desert View High School in 1989. Filled with a patriotic spirit and a desire to serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. For twelve years, Tom proudly served his country in the military, devoting himself to a duty that demanded strength, courage, and sacrifice. Being a Marine also allowed Tom the opportunity to visit every Continent except Antarctica.
He married the love of his life: the former Dawn Dupuie on June 25, 2000, at Heritage Park in Taylor. Together the couple was blessed with the birth of two children, Natasha and Isaac. Tom was very proud of both of his children. Natasha’s favorite time with her dad was their trips to Starbucks. Isaac enjoyed participating in competitive shooting with his dad.
From a young age, Tom's passion for sports burned brightly. He embarked on his sporting journey as a mighty mite in hockey, displaying remarkable talent and determination on the ice. As he grew, Tom's love for games evolved, leading him to the world of baseball. As an adult, his competitive spirit found solace in playing with his church softball team. He wholeheartedly embraced the camaraderie and fellowship that these games brought.
Tom was a collector at heart, and his love for NASCAR items, Red Wings hockey memorabilia, US Marine artifacts, and Coca-Cola paraphernalia knew no bounds. To say he was a collector would be an understatement as his family jokingly stated he was a borderline hoarder.
Tom's empathetic nature and genuine concern for others shone brightly in all he did. Throughout life, he consistently showed a willingness to drop everything, often changing his own plans, in order to come to the aid of others. With a hunger for knowledge, he pursued higher education enrolling at the University of Detroit. Tom diligently studied to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He soon became a caring and compassionate nurse, extending his kindness to others. Whether it was tending to physical wounds or offering a listening ear, he epitomized the true essence of compassion.
Although his role in the Marines involved facing difficult circumstances, Tom's transition to his career in nursing helped him to channel his passion for helping others in a different capacity. Through his commitment to healing, Tom discovered a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Tom's heart was stolen by his support dog and faithful companion, Luna. She stood faithfully by his side, offering loyalty and affection. In fact she even "stood guard" while he slept, growling at anyone who tried to approach him. Their bond was unbreakable, a testament to the power of her love and companionship.
Thomas Oren Vaughn, age 52, passed away unexpectedly on Monday; July 17, 2023. Although Tom’s time with us was cut short, his vibrant spirit and zest for life will continue to inspire us in our own journeys. His passing was preceded by his father: Stewart; his grandmother: Nora Ruth Miller; two uncles: Robert Day and Keith Miller; an aunt: Brenda Sas; lastly his faithful dog Luna.
To cherish his memory, he leaves a beloved wife of twenty-three years: Dawn; two children: Natasha and Isaac; his mother: Wanda Day; one sister: Shaney (David) Chapp; in laws: Don and Linda Dupuie; one niece: Kami Chapp; two nephews: Liam Chapp, Ryan Chapp and several cousins.
Friends may gather on Friday; July 21, 2023, from 2:00pm until 3:00pm at 242 Community Church; 24800 Eureka Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180. A Celebration of His Life will follow at the church at 3:00pm. His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to: “Troops Need Love Too”. Online guests may visit www.merklefs.com to leave words of inspiration and comfort or to share a photo.