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Michael Filer, Sr.

May 17, 1941 — January 5, 2021

Michael D. Filer, Sr. “beloved father and grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Michael D. “Mike” Filer, Sr., 79, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Saturday, May 17, 1941 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of Donald T. and Ada L. Stoddard Filer.

Mike graduated from Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was employed as a machine operator for Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y., retiring in 2015.

Mike enjoyed raising dairy goats and making goat cheese. He also raised alpacas. He loved to hunt and fish. Mike cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are six children, Diane DeArmond of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Donna (Glenn Perkins) Filer of Oswayo, Michael (Michelle) Filer Jr. of Shinglehouse, Timothy (Janet Beenau) Filer of Sanborn, N.Y., Debra (Arnie) Brown of Horseheads, N.Y., and Tina (Chris) Payne of Shinglehouse; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack Filer of Mesina, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a brother, Donald Filer; and a sister, Lois Filer.

In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, visitation will be held privately for family only at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. Private graveside burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church Shinglehouse, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Mike entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mike, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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