Bobbie Filer
1931 - 2021
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BOBBIE GENE FILER Cedar Rapids Bobbie Gene Filer, 89, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Birmingham, Iowa, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Birmingham. Friends may leave online condolences at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com. Bobbie Gene Filer was born May 9, 1931, in Fairfield, Iowa, to John and Chloe Calvin Filer. He attended Birmingham High School, where he excelled in sports, especially basketball, where he was quite the star. He graduated with the Birmingham High School, Class of 1948. Not long after graduation, Bob joined the Marine Corps, where he proudly serviced his country during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. On April 28, 1951, Bobbie married the love of his life, Ardis Virjean Kracht in Fairfield, Iowa. The two became loving parents to five children, Stephen, Philip, Christine, Cynthia and Alan. Bobbie worked hard to support his family. He spent many years working in industrial engineering and manufacturing as a part of the management team at FMC-Linkbelt. Bob loved the outdoors, which included hunting and fishing and treasured sharing those experiences with his children and grandchildren. Bob's greatest passion, however, was his Savior, Jesus Christ. He went out of his way to tell everyone about the Good News and was not bashful about professing his faith. Bob was a proud, long standing member of Oakland Church of the Nazarene. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Ardis Filer; his parents, Jonny and Chloe Filer; stepparents, Marty and Verla Anderson; and two siblings, Larry Anderson and Beverly Wilson. Left to share his story are his children, Stephen (Jan) Filer of Minnesota, Philip (Angela) Filer of Georgia, Christine (Dan) Nekvinda of Cedar Rapids, Cynthia (Paul) Barnes of Ottumwa and Alan (Liz) Filer of Cedar Rapids; 13 grandchildren, Joshua Haskell, Carly Burrell, Andy Filer, Jake Filer, Ellie Filer, Emily Markel, Mathew Filer, Erin LeMieux, Dustin Nekvinda, David Phillips, Mary Ellen Miller, Austin Filer and Stephanie Filer, as well as many extended family and friends.

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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 26, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JAN
28
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Maple Hill Cemetery
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January 31, 2021
I had no idea Bob had passed. I wish his family and friends my prayers and sincere condolences. My brother, Jerry Filer (deceased) and I, Darlene Filer Loudon, were his half brother and sister. Even though we didn't get to spend as much time together because of distance, we talked on the phone often. Bob and Ardis are greatly missed. ❤
Darlene Loudon
Friend
January 31, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Debra Loudon
Friend
January 27, 2021
Always saddened to hear of co-worker/friend passing. At 89 Bob gave it a good run. Bob was my supervisor at FMC and Universal Eng.
He knew the Lord as his savior and is in a good place now.
May God's grace lift you all at this time of loss. Lean on the lord when you are low and he will carry you through this.
Keith Henderson, Prairie Duchien Wi
Keith Henderson
Coworker
January 26, 2021
I worked with Bob, years ago, at New Era Industries tool and die shop, when we both worked second shift. He was a lead man at the time and I was just starting out. He helped me get started as a machinist and was very kind to me. He also started me hunting. Something I thank him for to this day. We would go road hunting, for pheasants, in the mornings. He sold me my first shotgun. I and my son will always be grateful for him starting me hunting as we had many, many years, together, in the outdoor thanks to him. I lost track of him over the years but have not and will not ever forget him. Please accept my and my wife's condolences. May he rest in peace with the Lord.
Ken Koffron
Friend
January 26, 2021
Thank you for your Military Service
REST IN PEACE


A VIETNAM VETERAN
Hiawatha Iowa
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