John Miles Filer (1952 - 2015)

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John Miles Filer, 63, of Chapel Hill, N.C., formerly of Vandalia, passed away in his home at 9:05 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 after struggling briefly with a severe illness. His wife, Jane, and sister, Teresa, were at his side when he took his last breath.
A celebration of John's life will be held in North Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 13. On Sunday, Oct. 11, family and friends will gather from noon-4 p.m. at Los Amigos' Banquet Room in Vandalia.
Mr. Filer was born on June 14, 1952, in Vandalia, the son of Miles and Erma (Bodlovich) Filer. On May 28, 1983, he married Jane Robinson in Benton Harbor, Mich.
John graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1970 and from SIU-Carbondale in 1974.
Although a forester by trade, he retired over a decade ago to help his wife in her art business. John was a great woodsman and lived the majority of his life in his own hand-built home in the shady woods of North Carolina. He was an avid reader and intensely researched little known facts of the Civil War and World War II. John also never lost his love for St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He was a gentle giant of a man, kind and quiet, and he will be missed by many.
John is survived by his wife, Jane Filer; and his immediate family: father, Miles Filer of Vandalia; sisters, Teresa Filer (Max) of Los Angeles, Calif., and Paula (Kim) Edgar of Vandalia; nephew, Father Zachary Edgar; and niece, Hannah Edgar.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Erma Filer, and his brother, Paul Filer.
Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 31 to Sept. 9, 2015