Thomas Richard Vasbinder

October 26, 1945 ‒ November 14, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Thomas Richard Vasbinder, 75, of Mount Vernon passed away Saturday afternoon, November 14, 2020.  He was born on October 26, 1945 in Mount Vernon to the late Kenneth and Nellie Vasbinder.

Before his health began to decline, Tom proudly worked for the Kenyon College food service, retiring in 2012.  By that time, he had made many close friends and endeared himself to decades’ worth of students as “Sir Thomas”.

Tom was a man with many interest, including auto-racing and classic car shows.  He was a long-time member of Pacemakers’ Dragway and partnered with his brother, Dave, and friend, Bruce Clark to race funny cars and dragsters.  Tom was also an accomplished photographer who captured many beautiful sunsets and nature scenes.  For many years, Tom was involved with Civil War re-enactments around Ohio.  He found it allowed him to be a part of history and honor Veterans for whom he had profound respect.

His fondest memories are of time spent with his family at their cottage on Baptiste Lake in Canada, often reminiscing of adventures out fishing and enjoying his mother’s cooking.  He also loved recounting stories of the “glory days” of high school and cruising to Beck’s and Clippy’s Drive-Ins.

In later years, declining health kept him homebound, where he discovered a real love of zoo and veterinarian shows, and frequently spoke of Dr. Pol and Dr. Oakley the Yukon Vet as old friends.  He loved hearing about the animals on his niece’s farm and called them his furry nieces and nephews. Tom was always in a good mood and brought much cheer to the nursing homes and hospitals where he had spent so much time over the past 3 years.  He was a sweet soul that loved people, always curious what everyone was up to and living vicariously through their adventures.  To know him was a joy even when he was being stubborn and ornery!

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Doris and James Hawkins, his brothers, John and Charles, and his niece, Darby Vasbinder.  He is survived by his brother, Dave (Dee Allerding) of Mount Vernon, his sister-in-law, Florence Vasbinder of Fredericktown, and nieces, Carol Hawkins of North Olmstead, OH, Janis Hawkins of Mount Vernon, Diane Walters of Danville and her son, Derek, and Luann (Robert) Davidson of Lewis Center and their children, Winston and Olivia.  He will be greatly missed by his niece/nephew and caregivers, Dina and Brad Snow, and their daughters, Braelyn and Brianna.

Many thanks go out to his dear friends, Rex and Dee Coykendall, Ralph White, and Yasuko Singleton, for looking after Tom and keeping in touch with calls and letters.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of a brief celebration of life service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon with Pastor Brian Snow officiating.  Due to the current health situation, face coverings will be required, and social distancing will be observed.

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  • Dear Dave, Dina and Brad, and to All of Tom’s Family and Friends. We are saddened to read about Tom’s passing. He was such a nice man, and we would always enjoy seeing him at car shows. We never saw him without a smile and some friendly conversation. We are sending you all, our deepest sympathy and friendship. Bet there will be some pretty neat car shows in Heaven. Dina and Brad, you were wonderful caregivers for Tom, and you made his life so much better.. Thank you for that. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dave and family
    Sorry to know of Toms passing. Been a long time since seeing you guys in Hardees.. those were the good ole days.
    Buck Hall and Judy

  • To all of Tom’s family and friends–we send our sympathies to each of you as you cope with the loss of your loved one, Tom. He certainly will be missed and remembered as a pleasant and caring friend who always asked about you. It was such a blessing to become acquainted with someone who was so nice to be around. May God comfort you and be close to you all at this time in your loss.
    Barb and Hank

  • My sincere sympathy to all.. As a pass member of the family, I am heartbroken on the passing of Tommy. We enjoyed a lot of good times together. Dina and Brad, a big thank you for your excellent care of him. He was a good person.

  • Dave,

    Just learned yesterday of Tom’s passing. Doesn’t seem possible. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I will certainly miss him.

    Dave Pierce

  • So sorry. I’ll always remember the last time I talked to Tom about family at a car cruise. Sending prayers and sympathy to his family and everyone who knew him.
    Deb and Dave Barber

  • To Tom’s family and friends,
    Tom was a good man, and an good friend. We had a lot of fun out at Pacemakers. I have some great memories of those days. Rest in Peace, my friend. Condolences.

  • Dave: Sorry to hear about Tom. Have been out of state and just found out the bad news. I would have been there if I had been home. I have a lot of memories of Tom while working at Kenyon and I will never forget him. Hope you and the family are doing OK.

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