Edward John Fillenwarth Jr.
1939 - 2020
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Edward John Fillenwarth Jr.

Indianapolis - Edward John Fillenwarth, Jr., 80, died on July 2, 2020, five days after his 56th wedding anniversary. Ed was born on October 10, 1939 to Edward and Helen (Keating) Fillenwarth. He was in the first class at Scecina, where he was co-captain of the football team and All-City Center. He graduated from Notre Dame and ND Law School and served in the Army National Guard, retiring as a Captain in the JAG Corps.

His father, Ed Sr., and he formed their own law firm, which became Fillenwarth, Dennerline, Groth and Towe. For 48 years Ed was dedicated to representing working people and their labor unions. He was listed among the Best Lawyers in America.

Ed and Valerie Miller were married at St. Joan of Arc In 1964. They volunteered at St. Lawrence and Bishop Chatard for the 27 years that their children were there. Ed served on the Boards of East Deanery Education, Catholic Social Services, Archdiocesan Social Ministries, and the Chatard Board of Regents. He was also named a distinguished alumnus of Little Flower School.

Ed truly cared about people. When many jobs had been lost in Indiana, he and Val went to Mexico with Witness for Peace, and learned that NAFTA had been even worse for workers there. They joined WFP delegations to Nicaragua and Colombia to learn why families are forced to leave their homes. Ed served on the National Board of WFP for six years. He and Val visited the Tamarindo Community in El Salvador and the Maryknoll Sisters in Bolivia. They helped start Indy's Pax Christi, the international peace movement that began after WW II.

Ed was devoted to the CYO, which was started here by Bishop Ritter, Ed's father and many others. He was President of the CYO Board for two terms and, like his father and son Jack, was given the St. John Bosco Medal. His son Bill is named for CYO greats Bill Kuntz, Bill Sahm and Bill Sylvester. At age 59 at the urging of his kids, Ed ran the first of his 15 full and 27 half marathons! Running led to so much fun for the "Big Filly Fam".

Ed's greatest love was for his close, supportive family who all live nearby: Dan and Amy (Eck), Jack and Beth (Johnson), Sheila Mays, Diane (Bob) Schultz, Brian and Christy (Leighton), Drew, and Bill. His 17 grandchildren are: Kyle and Gracemarie (Mike), Christy (Andrew) Desmarais, Emma, Max, Lily and Zach, Erin, Annie, Brynn and Shain Mays, Nick, Valerie and Owen Schultz, Joe, Sarah and Andrew, and little great-grandchildren Evelyn, Ben, Jack, and Jacob.

He is survived by Val, his sisters Marianne (Sam) Rhinesmith and Jeanmarie (Hugh) McGowan, the Miller family, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Ben Fillenwarth.

A Mass will be held on the west lawn of Bishop Chatard High School on Thursday, July 9 at 9:30 am. Please bring a chair, wear masks and respect social distancing. You may park at Christ the King Church or Bishop Chatard. Burial will be at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. A livestream of the Mass can be viewed on the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Facebook page.

Donations in Ed's memory may be made to the Catholic Youth Organization, 580 E. Stevens St., 46203.






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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Jul. 3 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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Elizabeth Schultz
July 9, 2020
Ed Fillenwarth was a Hero for me, and for others, I'm sure, in his dedication to wife and family; worker's unions; youth; Church and people in need all over our world... I loved him as a brother...
Lil (Dee) Mattingly
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July 9, 2020
Ed was a very devoted and hard working gentleman. Always caring and always either giving advice to others or helping others. Dedicated to the CYO Programs. A true scholar and playmaker.

Don and Betty Nester
Friend
July 6, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Frank DeGraw
Friend
July 5, 2020
Val and family,

Deepest condolences, deepest Peace.

Ed was a kind, thoughtful man. I met him through the Miller family.
Sorry for your loss.

Rob Pritchard
Rob Pritchard
Friend
July 5, 2020
I was blessed to be a roommate during our freshman year at NotreDame. He was a good friend all these years. Rest In Peace Ed.
Jerry DeLucia
Friend
July 5, 2020
Jack and Beth, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. We will hold you and your entire family in prayer at this difficult time.

Much love,

Mark and Susie Siner
Susie Siner
Friend
July 3, 2020
Ed, was a "winner" from his years on the football field at Scecina to his role and leadership both in the law profession and his many hours of volunteering. Dan Hagan
Dan
Classmate
July 3, 2020
One of the finest persons I have had the privilege to know. He worked hard all his life to make this world a better place. And everyone who new him is better off for having known him. My heart goes out to Val.
Joe Ransel
Friend
July 3, 2020
May God bless you all in this time of sorrow. Our familys sincerest condolences.

The Brezette Family
Mike Brezette
Friend
July 3, 2020
Our familys sincerest condolences to the long line of Fillenwarths we all have had the privilege of growing up with. We knew the Fillenwarths well before meeting them because of all the great deeds and leadership of Ed. Our Dad would always speak of Ed in very high regard. To know that they can reminisce now in Heaven is comforting. God bless you all.
Mike Brezette
Friend
July 3, 2020
Our familys sincerest condolences to the long line of Fillenwarths we all have had the privilege of growing up with. We knew the Fillenwarths well before meeting them because of all the great deeds and leadership of Ed. Our Dad would always speak of Ed in very high regard. To know that they can reminisce now in Heaven is comforting. God bless you all.
Mike Brezette
Friend
July 3, 2020
I am blessed to have worked with Ed representing ATU 1070 on many labor issues. Ed was not only a great person he also was was a great teacher to many of us in the labor movement! I wish to thank not only Ed but his entire family for advancing working people! RIP!
Robert Waggoner
July 3, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the Fillenwarth family and extended Ross and Dangler families. May Ed rest in peace.
Mike Reese
Friend
July 3, 2020
Ed was by far at the top of my list for the upmost respect and admiration of his work ethic out of all the people I have ever known. GOOD MAN
Robin Greene
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