Thomas Richard Meden

Thomas Richard Meden

January 20, 1966 - April 29, 2020
Aliso Viejo California

Thomas Richard Meden

January 20, 1966 - April 29, 2020
Aliso Viejo California


Thomas Richard Meden
1/20/1966 – 4/29/2020

Former Alpena and Hubbard Lake resident Thomas R. Meden died 4/29/20 in Mission Viejo, CA from complications developed after suffering a workplace accident weeks earlier. Tom was born in Alpena Michigan to Richard Meden & Patty Jo (Gillard) Meden and raised in Alpena and Hubbard Lake Michigan. He graduated from Alpena High School in 1984 and then attended Michigan State University studying History and Political Science. He moved to Temecula, CA in 1999 and was an active member and benefactor of St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Temecula.

Tom was employed as a Manager by Wal-Mart for many years, then as a Manager with Harbor Freight Tools. For the last several years he has been employed by Ralph’s of the Kroger Co.

Tom was a brilliant voracious reader who could converse detailed historical facts on most any topic, especially world history and US history. He loved watching sports especially Michigan State games, and was a die-hard Detroit Lions fan. He enjoyed watching his nephew & niece play baseball & basketball & compete in gymnastics & cheerleading. Tom loved books, dogs, nature, Hubbard Lake, walking, classic comic books, going to the movies (especially Superhero movies) and his family and friends.

He was a beloved and loyal brother to his sister, Christine (Meden) Margulies and devoted proud uncle to his niece Kameron Margulies and nephew Nicholas Margulies, and brother-in-law Steve Margulies. He is survived by his sister’s family and extended Meden Family members and Gillard members. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are being handled by O’Connor Mortuary, telephone 949-581-4300.

A Memorial Service will be held at O’Connor Mortuary Chapel in Laguna Hills, CA on Saturday June 20, 2020 at 10am PST. This service will be available live streamed to family and friends. Details to follow.

Thomas will be forever loved and missed. He will be laid to rest eventually in Pleasant View Cemetery, on Gillard Road in Spruce Michigan.


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: June 20, 2020 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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3 responses to Thomas Richard Meden

  1. Tom was a regular congregation member at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Temecula. At first both he and his mother attended, and after she passed away Tom came until he moved with Harbor Freight. He was a great cook. We miss him and are sad to hear he passed so young.

  2. Philip Ward says:

    Such a good friend in high school, I wish I never lost touch with you REST In Peace

  3. Tom and I used to spend a lot of time together while we still both lived in Alpena, MI.

    We did a lot with the other guys; mostly sharing and reading books and comic books, and we spent many a very late night playing challenging tabletop games.

    Tom was a voracious reader. He read anything and everything.

    An iconic memory I have is walking into the Meden residence, around the staircase and into the living room.
    Tom was always there, sitting in his chair that overlooked the lush backyard, surrounded by a mountain of texts.

    Rest in peace Tom. I’m sure that the whole universe is now opened up to you like The Best Book possible.

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