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Thomas Houston VanBibber, Jr.
  • May 17, 1932
  • -
  • June 12, 2018

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Thomas Houston VanBibber
Fort Myers – Thomas Houston VanBibber, Jr. ,86, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on June 12, 2018. He was born in Blytheville, AR and was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force having received the Purple Heart . He enjoyed tennis, playing pool and fishing. He was a much beloved and respected member of this community for over 40 yeasrs. Survivors include his son Eric VanBibber of Miami Lakes, Fl, Catherine Shadduck of Ft. Myers, FL, Cynthia VanBibber of Naples, FL; sister Joanne Birch of Tampa, FL; 2 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Family request memorial contributions to the charity of your choice. Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.baldwincremation.com.


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  1. 23 Jul 2018
    Catherine says:
    Dearest Dad. I will be scattering my portion of your ashes at the Sanibel bridge where you loved to take your dogs for road trips. You always were a free spirit and I will be releasing them on the 1st anniversary of your passing. See you one day soon in Glory! Jesus is wonderful. Love, Catherine

  2. 12 Jul 2018
    Mike Van Bibber lit a candle:
    Lit since July 12, 2018 at 7:29:56 PM

  3. 08 Jul 2018
    Cynthia VanBibber says:
    God couldn't have given me a better father. I will cherish my childhood memories of family vacations and especially the adventures you and I went on -- just the two of us! You always brought people happiness and joy wherever you went. You taught and showed us how to love and help others, which means more than anything else. You and Mom were the best parents for us 3 kids and I loved being one of your 'little girls'. You are gone far too soon and you will always be loved and remembered. I will miss you terribly. Love forever, Cynthia

  4. 06 Jul 2018
    Ann Lamy lit a candle:
    Lit since July 6, 2018 at 7:29:42 PM

  5. 06 Jul 2018
    Ann Lamy says:
    So grateful to have met you 27 years ago. You are loved and now leave an empty place in my heart.

  6. 04 Jul 2018
    Pat Jungle says:
    Tom we have been friends for over 10 years. I will miss your daily calls. Not to worry Dashel is fine

  7. 29 Jun 2018
    Monika Van Bibber lit a candle:
    Lit since June 29, 2018 at 6:04:37 AM

  8. 27 Jun 2018
    Michael Van Bibber says:
    You were the kind of uncle growing up that all kids dream about. I always loved my visits to Fort Myers to spend time with you fishing, boating, attending Royals games, being silly together, and endlessly laughing. We always had so much fun and there never seemed to be a dull moment. When I grew older I enjoyed our talks together and will never forget when you traveled across the state to be at my graduation. You truly had a heart of gold and cared so much. I am blessed to have had such a terrific uncle. I will miss you Uncle T.

  9. 27 Jun 2018
    Michael Van Bibber lit a candle:
    Lit since June 27, 2018 at 6:29:48 PM

  10. 27 Jun 2018
    Erick Vanbibber says:
    Dad you were one in a million . You taught me the love of fishing , boating and the outdoors . I’ve passed those traits to your 2 adoring grandsons . You were my mentor and teacher . You always made me laugh plus you’d light up any room you walked in . I’ll cherish your memory all of my life . And I’ve never met a harder working man who always took such great care of our family . Dad , I love you . I know one day I’ll be shooting pool with you on a heavenly table . God bless you dad .

  11. 27 Jun 2018
    Erick Vanbibber posted an image:
    Dad with me and grandsons Matthew and Sean
    Dad with me and grandsons Matthew and Sean

  12. 27 Jun 2018
    Lynda VanBibber lit a candle:
    Lit since June 27, 2018 at 6:57:30 AM

  13. 27 Jun 2018
    Lynda VanBibber lit a candle:
    Lit since June 27, 2018 at 6:56:57 AM

  14. 27 Jun 2018
    Jerry & jencye schmitt lit a candle:
    Lit since June 27, 2018 at 6:47:35 AM

  15. 27 Jun 2018
    catherine shadduck says:
    You were the greatest dad in love and providing for your family and us kids. Family vacations and memories you and mom made sure there were plenty of. You continued caring and providing into our adulthood(s) far beyond any parent's responsibility, such was your love for your adult children. I am so glad we spent so much quality time together these last 10 years and getting to know each other so well. I will always treasure these memories of you. You are something else, sir, fascinating, fun, positive, generous, adventurous, and kind. I hope my life is a credit to you and mom. You will be sorely missed. Love forever, Catherine

  16. 25 Jun 2018
    Cynthia VanBibber lit a candle:
    Lit since June 25, 2018 at 6:18:08 PM

  17. 25 Jun 2018
    Catherine L Shadduck lit a candle:
    Lit since June 25, 2018 at 6:16:42 PM

  18. 25 Jun 2018
    JoAnne Burch lit a candle:
    Lit since June 25, 2018 at 6:04:34 PM

  19. 25 Jun 2018
    JoAnne Burch says:
    You were my big brother I adored growing up. You taught me how to ride my first bike, drive my first car, you made me laugh. You were so smart & I loved listening to your take on life. I missed seeing you these last few years, but I've never stopped loving you.
    Rest now, T.H., you will be missed by many.
    Your Sis,
    JoAnne Burch
    North Port, FL

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