Vernon Justus Filler was born Feb. 25, 1946, in Harvey, ND to Herbert and Antonia (Welk) Filler. He passed away on July 13, 2014 after suffering a second stroke.
His childhood years were spent on the family farm, attending elementary school in Orrin, ND. After working at various jobs in North Dakota, he came to South Dakota and learned the bakery business from his brothers. He worked in Pierre, South Dakota before relocating to Washington state.
As he gained journeyman bakery skills, he was employed as a Manager for the Safeway Corp. His gift of being able to bring a bakery into a profitable status caused him to rotate to many stores throughout the Seattle-metro area. He was an entrepreneur at heart, owning multiple businesses throughout his life.
His creativity included the production of a wide variety of bakery products. He also decorated beautiful wedding and custom cakes.
Upon leaving the bakery business after 36 years, he took on the challenge of painting contractor for the next 10 years. He was known for his integrity, perseverance, his quick wit, sense of humor and his word being his bond.
After several illnesses, he came to a place of peace that defied a fear of dying. He was a sincere believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and is now worshipping the Father with the angels.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Antonia (Welk) Filler; brothers, Herbert Jr., James and infant John; sisters Beatrice Hayes and infant Antoinette.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Geri); son Robert Vernon of Auburn; daughters, Antoinette Marie Iwamoto of Federal Way; Mary Kay (Mark) Kuryla of Kirkland, and Paula Jeanne (John) Fortier of Monroe; brothers, Lloyd (Phyllis) of Winner, SD and Charles of Pierre, SD; sisters, Shirley Ann (Eddie) Weigel of Velva, ND; Karene (Maurice) Helms of West Columbia, SC; Margarete (Tom) Graves of Lexington, SC, and Helen (Bill) Ruppel of Puyullap; grandchildren, Kris (Collie), Brittany, Amanda, Brad, and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Kainen, Alexsis, Cameron, Kimberly and James, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service was held July 19 at I00F Cemetery, 21714 Old Owen Rd., Monroe, with Pastor Tony Ramos officiating.
A memorial service will be held at the Colville Assembly of God Church (516 E. Glen Ave.) on Friday, July 25 at 2 p.m., with Pastor Dave Forsberg officiating.