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Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary

2126 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Edward John Fillenwarth Jr.

October 10, 1939July 2, 2020

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 live stream 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.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Fillenwarth family.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Dave and Sue Schnieders

July 9, 2020

Ed radiated kindness wherever he was and whomever he was with. It was an honor knowing him. God bless him and his beautiful family.

Mary Ellen malone

July 9, 2020

Oh, my, what a beautiful tribute. I feel so privileged to have known Ed Fillenwarth and his family. Loved the Irish blessing at the end. Our lives and friendship will continue . Val will proudly and humbly carry the torch. Mary Ellen Malone

BILLIE SOWERS

July 9, 2020

Dear Valerie & family. I am so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I was glad to have met him and talk with him several times the last few years. He was always so welcoming when I and other friends of Val came into his home. Possibly he & my Bill can talk union talk now. Ed's friend, Erwin Erb, called me last night to make sure that I knew of Ed's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you that you may know your loved one is with our Lord. Sincerely, Billie Sowers (Mary Rose Jones)

Leo and Kathy Queisser

July 9, 2020

Val and family, so sorry about Ed's passing. He was a great guy, he and Val were a great
couple, and we're sure all the kids and grandkids are great just like them.

May he rest in peace.

Chris Barnes

July 6, 2020

One of my fondest memories was Mr. Fillenwarth taking a small group of us to St. Lawrence to paint the kickball diamond for two cheeseburgers from Wendy’s (and a frosty)

That was 40 years ago (remember that Jack)

We will miss you

Denny Miessen

July 5, 2020

I only knew Ed for a short time, years ago. but he made an impression. He was a wonderful man, and a great attorney. I am sorry to read of his passing. My sympathy to all.

Elizabeth Mays

July 3, 2020

Val, Thinking of your children and you during this difficult time. I’m so glad I got to know Ed and you - it’s easy to see why Sheila is such a great person. Mike and I send love from Louisville. Fondly, Elizabeth

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY