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VILDIBILL, ROBERT THOMAS Robert Thomas Vildibill, age 69, died peacefully with family at his side Saturday, February 16, 2013. Tom was born June 11, 1943 in Pensacola, Florida, grew up in El Cajon, California, and graduated from Granite Hills High School in 1961. Fifty years ago on April 12, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart Shirley. Tom's sucessful career started in sales then became a business owner starting in his backyard and turning that company into one of the largest Precast companies in Southern California (San Diego Precast), then he finished his career as an award winning developer in Central Oregon. He loved his country, birds and watching deer at his Oregon home but most recently he enjoyed the retired life with his wife Shirley and dog Abbey. Tom was a philanthropist who will be especially remembered for helping others who needed help. As a member of Kiwanis, he brought in hundreds of new members, built over 17 new clubs and was a Super Distinguished Governor. Tom was also responsible for planting thousands of trees and started a Kiwanis foundation for homeless children, "Hope for Kids". Tom served, as president of the National Precast Concrete Association, was charter president for the Santee Exchange Club, belonged to the Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association, Law Enforcement Foundation and on the board for the Home of Guiding Hands. Tom was an elder at First Presbyterian Church (El Cajon) and loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. His greatest accomplishment was his love for his family! Survivors include his wife Shirley Vildibill, brother's Al, Bill and sister Linda, children Tamara, Bob and Alan along with six grandchildren. Services will be held at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, CA, on March 9 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made payable to Shirley Vildibill and a donation will be made to Kiwanis Foundation "Hope for Kids" and can be sent to PO Box 3500, PMB 269, Sisters, OR 97759.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 3, 2013
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