On April 7th, 2018, the Zenin, Shilnikov and LeBoutillier families, lost a great man, a “mensch”. Vladimir Stepanovich Shilnikov passed away peacefully in Katy, Texas surrounded by his family. He is survived by his two daughters, Irina and Svetlana, his three grandchildren, Lilia, Vladimir and Alexander and two great-grandchildren, Beau-Alexander and Claire-Marie. He will be greatly missed.
Vladimir is fondly remembered for his generous heart, undying patience, commitment to family, mental and physical dexterity, great sense of humor and humble nature. His children and grandchildren had the most wonderful childhood due to the interesting things he did with them.
He was born in Russia on June 5th, 1936 to Elena and Stepan Shilnikov. He was the youngest of 19 children. During the World War II, he was six years young and the only man left to support his household. Following the war, he attended and graduated first in his class with a degree in engineering. Upon graduation, he had a long career as a pioneer engineer and a mentor in the Arctic Capital, Salehard, which is within the polar circle. Vladimir met the greatest love of his life, Klara, in his hometown, and they were married for 53 years until she passed away in 2012.
At later date his family will gather for a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a children’s charity of your choice because he had an enormous love for children.