DIEBOLD, THOMAS CHARLES, 69, of Louisville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 23, 2014 while visiting his second home in Beverly Hills, CA.
Born in Louisville on September 22, 1944, he was the son of the late Isabel (Maloney) and the late Anthony "Tony" Diebold. Tom graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1962, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1966, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He completed Officers Candidate School and eventually earned the rank of first lieutenant before discharge in 1970. Tom saw action in Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion 506th Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division.
Upon returning to Louisville, Tom joined Fabricated Metals, the family business, assuming the role as president upon the untimely death of his father. Under Tom's leadership the company grew substantially and currently operates under three distinct divisions, Strong Hold Products, Utility Metals and Fabricated Metals. Tom also served on the Board of Directors at WireCrafters, a related company.
An active and gregarious man, Tom spent time with his employees taking care to meet and know everyone at the company. He filled his off hours working on his farm, planting trees and enjoying his love of nature.
Tom was a big supporter of Saint Xavier High School and the University of Notre Dame. He was a member of Audubon Country Club and an active philanthropist supporting many local and national groups, from the Fund for the Arts to the Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation.
In September 1999 Tom married the love of his life Mary Jane (Trevino). They spent 15 loving years together as husband and wife. They often traveled to their second homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu, CA to enjoy the change in scenery and lifestyle. He was a very kind and gentle soul.
Tom is survived by his loving wife MJ; his stepson Michael Yanez of Miami FL; his brothers and spouses, Michael (Kathy), Gerald (Linda) of Barrington RI, Frank (Martha), and Stephen (Peg); nieces Meghan, Christine and Kaitlin, nephews and their spouses, Anthony "Tony" (Miriam), Andrew (Sally), Jonathon, Eric (Stephanie), Roger, Phillip, and Garrett.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday July 7, 2014 at St Frances of Rome Catholic Church 2119 Payne St., with entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to St Xavier High School 1609 Poplar Level Road, Louisville KY 40217-1343 or the University of Notre Dame, Development Office, 1251 N Eddy Street Ste 300, South Bend IN 46617.
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Courier-Journal from July 3 to July 6, 2014