James F. Filek, Jr., age 55, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 in Chanhassen, MN. He was born January 29th, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Helen Perry Filek.
James retired from the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant, having received the Air Force Accommodation and Achievement Medals. He served during Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and the Desert Storm Wars. After his retirement he served as police officer with Camp Robinson and Pulaski Tech Police Departments.
James is preceded in death by his father James Sr. and his son Steven. James will be remembered by his loving wife, Susan and their son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Tamara; and grandson Nathan. He is also survived by his mother, Helen Filek.
A viewing will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas with Monsignor John O’Donnell officiating under the direction of Griffin Leggett-Rest Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow with full military honors at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in Sherwood.
The Rosary will be 6:00 PM Wednesday evening, with visitation immediately following at Griffin Leggett-Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock(501)835-3515.
The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at www.griffinleggettresthills.com
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December 01, 2010
Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home
7724 Landers Rd.
North Little Rock, AR 72117
December 30, 2010
St Jude's Catholic Church
2403 McArthur Dr
Tuesday November 02 2010
Veterans Administration Cemetery
1501 West Maryland Ave
North Little Rock, AR
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Frances L LeMay a beloved friend.
Will miss you.
I worked with Jim in Jacksonville for several years and was always glad to see him come in for a shift. He had a smile on his face and was ready to help any patient in need. For 55 years he made a difference in this world and I am honored our paths crossed.Posted by: Jennifer Pickard - Fargo, ND - former co worker Dec 23, 2010
Jim worked with my wife Shelly and I on the ambulance for many years.
He was a fine man and EMS partner.
We were just notified of his passing; the world is a lesser place without his humor and good works.
May the Good Lord be with his family in their time of loss.
With a tear in my eye,
I bid thee good-bye.
Forever in my memories, Always in my heart.
Love ya Cuz, Kittie
I just heard about Jimmy...I can only imagine the anguish you are experiencing...and Helen, too.
Rena was visiting my new husband at our new home in Texas over Thanksgiving... She recently had eye surgery and is no longer driving, which is why she has been unable to visit Helen very often. I know she would have loved to visit you and she is absolutely heart broken by your loss.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers and offer a daily Rosary for Jimmy for the remainder of December.
Debbie Morain FonsecaPosted by: Debbie Morain Fonseca - Ft Worth, TX - Friend of Family Dec 06, 2010
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I remember when it was really snowy. He came to me and said, "Mom, let's go outside and make snow angels." I didn't want to go. He said, "Come on. We haven't done it in a long time!" I finally agreed to go out. Suzy and Scotty were watching in the window and they were just laughing. He started throwing snow at me and we had a little snow fight. The kids in the window were just laughing....I didn't know why. My son said to me, look at our angels. One was really big and one was real small. They were wonderful. Then we made a snowman and snow balls. We started throwing snow balls at the snowman and tried to knock the snowman's head off. We had the best time.....
I will miss Jim. I recall Jim had a spill during Camp Robinson bicycle training. Though in pain, Jim continued the training program for several hours more until the training was completed. Jim was a volunteer firefighter, an emergency medical technician and a volunteer for Hospice. He was always helping others with problems.
Sgt. James, as I called him, was my best friend at Pulaski Technical College West campus. He greeted me his first night there and watched over me to make sure everything was running smoothly in my late night class and then made sure I got safely to my car. We talked alot about our families, school, and dogs, and he loved the deer chili I made for him at our Christmas functions. I looked for him today and didn't know until I got to school that he was gone. My heart is broken for his dear family. I will miss him terribly. James was truly a good man.
Officer Filek became a great friend to my son Alex. One day because my son had a good week at school, Officer Filek took him down the street to the Fire station to meet the Firemen. My son LOVES Fire trucks. Officer Filek was an EXCELLENT friend. My Family especially my son Alex will miss him dearly.