Miles Calvin Filer (1921 - 2017)

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Miles Calvin Filer, 96, of Vandalia, passed away at 9:42 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Vandalia.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Father Zachary Edgar officiating. Burial will be in Mother of Dolors Catholic Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded graveside by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials: Caring and Sharing, Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 or Fayette County Health Department Hospice. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Filer was born on May 13, 1921, in Vandalia, the son of Rufus Calvin and Lillian "Ruth" (Miles) Filer. He married Erma T. Bodlovich on June 30, 1951; she preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2003.
Miles was a U.S. Army veteran serving as a paratrooper in World War II, having jumped on D-Day as a member of the 508th Parachute Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a Prisoner of War for 11 months and was liberated from a Czechoslovakian coal mine in May 1945. Later in life, Miles was a self-employed dairy farmer, and he and Erma raised their four children on their farm in rural Vandalia. He later worked for the City of Vandalia Street Department. Following his second retirement, he continued mowing various properties around Vandalia, while gardening and raising steers each year into his early 90s. He was a member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Knights of Columbus Council 4630.
He is survived by his daughters, Teresa Filer and husband Max Roler of Los Angeles, Calif., and Paul and her husband Kim Edgar of Vandalia; daughter-in-law, Jane Filer of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sister, Ferrel Lowe of Vandalia; and grandchildren, the Rev. Father Zachary Edgar and Hannah Edgar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons, John Filer and Paul Filer; and brothers, Benjamin Filer and Darrell Filer.
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Vandalia, IL 62471
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Published in The Leader-Union from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1, 2017
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