March T. Filips

March T. Filips, 85, of Crofton, NE, died suddenly and unexpected on Saturday, February 27 at his home in Crofton.

Private family services will be on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating.  Burial will be at St. Rose of Lima cemetery with military rites by the Crofton American Legion Post #128.  Because of Covid19 masks will be required in church and no luncheon will be served. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton, NE.

March was born in April 3, 1935 to Joseph and Helen (Goetz) Filips in his grandparent Goetz’s home in Crofton.  He grew up in Crofton, attended St. Rose Grade School, and graduated from Crofton High School (1953).  After graduating from high school he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at various sites throughout the US.

He met Eleanor Trella at a dance in Omaha in 1957 and they were married at Sacred Heart Church in Manning, Iowa, on April 26, 1958.  They were devoted to each other throughout their lives, celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2018, and would have celebrated 63 years of marriage this coming April.

March attended various colleges and universities around the country and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, government, and economics.  March’s career was spent in education in Hartington and Pierce, NE.  March and Eleanor and family lived in Pierce, NE in the 60s and 70s, moving back to Crofton in 1977.  After retiring in the mid-90s, March and Eleanor spent their time walking four-to-eight miles every day, taking care of their dogs, gardening, riding his bikes, reading, cooking and baking.

March had a passion for his family and grandchildren (Jack and Leah) and loved to celebrate their birthdays. He loved Nebraska Football.  He walked frequently with his brothers once every day or maybe twice a day since 1977, health and exercise, learning and education, the outdoors, gardening, and cycling.  His love for learning and education gave him almost encyclopedic knowledge and meant he could be relied on for knowledgeable answers on just about every topic imaginable.

March and Eleanor celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 26, 2018.  Like his mother, Helen, he was in excellent health up until the moment he died.  March and Eleanor are members of St. Rose Church in Crofton.

March is survived by his wife, Eleanor Filips of Crofton; his children, Mark Filips of Omaha and Los Angeles, Mike Filips of Omaha, Michelle Filips of Omaha; his grandchildren, Jack and Leah Filips of Omaha; his brothers Randy Filips and Bob (Kelly) Filips of Crofton, and Jim (Cindy) Filips of Yankton, SD; nine nieces and nephews; and his beloved Italian Greyhound, Tuffy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph (1989) and Helen Filips (2013) and his grandparents, Tom and Mary (Kuehn) Goetz and Ignatz and Martha (Klemp) Filips.



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6 response to "March T. Filips"

  1. By: Barb Herian Oppliger Posted: March 1, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. I had Mr Filips in classes while he taught at Pierce High school. RIP

  2. By: Tess Cramer Posted: March 1, 2021

    My deepest condolences to the Filips family. I am so very saddened for your loss. I met Mr. Filips at his daughter’s house, years ago. I remember his great sense of humor and his genuine interest in healthy living and eating. I remember his kindness.. He fathered, and co-parented one of the smartest and dearest friends of my lifetime. In gratitude, I will always revere him for that.
    I am holding his family in my highest thoughts and prayers during this very difficult and sad time. May you grieve fully, and well.

  3. By: Ann (Schleppenbach) Doss Posted: March 2, 2021

    My heartfelt condolences to all the Filips. I had Mr. Filips at Pierce HS and he was my favorite teacher there; he was unique, interesting, intellectual, and fair. May his dear soul Rest In Peace.

  4. By: Rev.Michael Schmitz Posted: March 2, 2021

    I wish my deepest sympathy on the loss of March, and I will remember him and family in my prayers.

  5. By: Dominic Dori Hoffmann Hoffmann Posted: March 3, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. I have a lot of fond memories of Mr Filips and your family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. By: Kate (Hansen) Kappel Posted: March 3, 2021

    My sincere condolences for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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