December 20, 1947 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Thomas John Binder, 76, of Menifee,  CA. passed away on December 31st, 2023. He was born to Roy and Gladys Binder in Sheboygan,  Wisconsin. 

In the early 1950's, the Binder family moved to Pomona, CA., where he grew up and attended Westmont Elementary,  Marshall Junior High School, and Ganesha High School, class of 1966.  Tom was known by classmates for his baseball athleticism, specifically as a pitcher. He continued his love of the game while attending Mount San Antonio College.

In 1969. Tom joined the United States Army. He served in Cu Chi, Vietnam and state side at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Because of his exemplary service, he was awarded 4 medals which included, Vietnam Service Award, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

After returning home from Vietnam, he started a long career working in the grocery business working for Alpha Beta. Eventually,  he transitioned to the baked goods industry, becoming a delivery driver for such brands as Wonderbread, Hostess, and Svenhard's. After 40+ years of hard work and dedication,  he retired.

Tom was proud of his German heritage. He often enjoyed attending October fest festivals.  He never passed up a good Bratwurst or cold beer!  His love for baseball continued as an adult. He could often be found avidly watch and rooting for his favorite team the Chicago Cubs.  Tom also enjoyed attending games in person a various stadiums with his son Brett, who shares the same passion.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, and sister Nancy Binder. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his son Brett Binder(Tonya), daughter Courtney Rader (Michael), grandchildren Brooklyn, Brey, Briley, Jake, and Lexi. Stepchildren, Matthew Zana(Connie), Sarah Flores(Joey), and step-grandchildren, Angela,  Gisele, Alonzo,  Andres, Sousa, Ruben,  Josie and Jackson.

Graveside service will be on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 11:15 am at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.

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Graveside Service
January 31, 2024

11:15 AM
Riverside National Cemetery


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