Robert Vidmer Obituary

Robert J. Vidmer
Robert J. Vidmer

August 31, 1924 - December 31, 2018
Born in McKeesport, PA
Resided in Lombard, Illinois


Robert J. Vidmer, at a great age of 94, passed away peacefully on December 31st. Robert, nee Rade Vignovich, was born on August 31, 1924 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Bozodar Vignovich and Smiljana Divich, ethnic Serbians from Ponikve, Croatia. His six brothers, Sam, Milan, Burke, Nick, Steve and Ted have been gone for many years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Leah Nora Spear Vidmer and beloved daughter, Claudia Vidmer with whom he shared a birthday. He has been a resident of Lexington Square in Lombard for the last six years.

Robert is survived by his daughters, Lee Merrick (Tom), Tina Raine (Frank), Roberta Breeden (Dwight) and son, Stephen Vidmer. He has seven grandchildren and was known as GrandBob to Burke (Alyssa), Carolyn (Garrett), Vince (Lauren), Grace (Matt), Grant, Melissa and Natalie; and eight great-grandchildren, Robert “Bobby”, Vivienne, and Jackson Raine; Austin and Luke Huffman; Madeline Vidmer; Gabriel and Francesca “Frankie” Clackson.
His first cousin, Mary Divich (94) lives in West Virginia and is the last surviving member of his generation. He has many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews who were attentive in his later years.

Family, work and sports dominated Robert's life. He and his brothers were talented sportsmen playing football, basketball, baseball and golf with passion. Robert was a dedicated student and graduated high school in 1942, then served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

He met Leah in McKeesport. Robert was attending the University of Pittsburgh and Leah helped him write some of his papers. They were married in November 1947. He graduated from Pitt in 1949 and went to work for US Steel in accounting. He went to night school and earned an MBA in 1956.

Robert was a member of the team that computerized all US Steel accounting functions in 1958-1959. He wrote that he was privileged to know both of the inventors of the computer, John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. They invented the ENIAC at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1940s. Both men worked for Univac, a division of Sherry Rand. Because US Steel used Univac computers, Robert worked closely with their team for several years. He retired as a Manager of Systems and Procedures for US Steel in Chicago.

He was a member of LaGrange Country Club. In retirement he and Leah loved to travel, play golf, attend the opera and most of all be with family.

A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in LaGrange, Illinois on Saturday, January 19 at 10:00am. A luncheon will follow at the
LaGrange Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, a tribute gift can be made to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois at




Memorial Service
2216, 203 S. Kensington Ave
LaGrange, Illinois USA 60525
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:00 AM