James Myles Filipek, 80

James Myles Filipek passed away on March 16, 2021, at the age of 80, in his home.  His battle with cancer in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Jim came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery with Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 2 p.m. Military Honors will be provided by the Montgomery area Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 206 West Vine Ave, Montgomery, MN 56069 in Jim's name.

Jim was born and raised in Montgomery, MN, the son of Frank Jr. and Mary Ann (Janouch) Filipek. He was a lifelong resident of Montgomery.

Jim started his adult life as a member of the Army National Guard of Minnesota, and gained the rank of Sergeant E5 from July 1959 to July 1965. He often spoke about the National Guard summer camp in Alaska before it became a state.

Jim was a true community member with his involvement as a youth hockey and baseball coach, 25 years on the Montgomery Planning and Zoning Commission, Montgomery City Council for four years, and the Montgomery Area Community Club. Jim lead the softball tournaments at Kolacky Days and started the Montgomery Snowbusters as the Vice President.

Jim built and remodeled hundreds of homes in his lifetime, and was owner of Filipek Construction for 40 years. He was also the City of Lonsdale Building Official for 27 years, and another ten years as Building Official in Montgomery. His skillset allowed him to build the beer stands at the annual Kolacky Day celebration for 25 years.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia (Vollmer) (married in 1962). Over the years they had six children; Tim Filipek, Amy (Jim) Card, Nick (Erin) Filipek, Tony (Jodi) Filipek, Jessa (Steve) Ellingsworth and Patrick (Shana) Filipek. He is also survived by his sister, Evalyn Berg, along with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Jr. and Mary Filipek; his brothers, Louis, Eugene and Robert; and his sisters, Agnes Richter, MaryAnn McKeirnan and Marlene Filipek; and in-laws.

Arrangements are being handled by the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. On-line condolences may be left at www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com

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