Russell Dean Filer (1975 - 2014)

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Russell Dean Filer stepped into heaven and the arms of Jesus at 10:45 a.m. on July 30, 2014 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was born to Gilbert and Marlene Filer on December 2, 1975 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Russell was raised in the Colstrip/Forsyth area of Montana. He attended grade school in Colstrip and graduated from Rosebud High School in Rosebud, Mont. It was his lifelong dream to serve his country in the Army, so he enlisted in the fall of 1995 and was medically discharged during training. He spent the next few years working at the Royal Oaks Inn in Forsyth.

Russell married Shawnna Jean Blanchard on August 14, 2004 in Bozeman after declaring in the 3rd grade that he would marry her someday. He worked as a self-employed painting contractor until his diagnosis in May of 2012.

Russell was passionate about God, his wife and hunting, and loved all of his family immensely. He will be greatly missed! He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Russell is survived by his wife, Shawnna of Belgrade; his parents, Gilbert and Marlene Filer of Forsyth; two sisters, April Enright of Billings and Sheli Goodsell of Kalispell; and a brother, Rodney Walchly of Salmon, Idaho. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson. His funeral service will be held on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Bozeman Christian Center, 921 W. Mendenhall St., followed by interment at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a financial donation is greatly appreciated. People can send donations to Shawnna Filer, 100 E. Madison Ave., Apt D., Belgrade, MT 59714.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 3, 2014