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Earl J. Filbert, 92, active in veterans groups

Dec. 4, 1920 – June 9, 2013

Earl Joseph Filbert, a military retiree and Williamsville resident, died Sunday in Delaware Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. He was 92.

He was born in East Aurora, the oldest of five sons of Edna and Charles Filbert.

As a boy, he delivered The Buffalo Evening News and worked for a family beer and ice distributor to supplement the family income.

He later spent two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps, working in Letchworth Park.

Mr. Filbert worked at Bell Aircraft before entering the U.S. Army.

After World War II, he was stationed in Japan, where he met his future wife, the former Edith Murakami, who was working as an interpreter.

He was assigned to an artillery unit during the Korean War and was also stationed in Germany and at bases in the United States during his military career.

He retired with the rank of chief warrant officer and was fond of saying of his time in the Army, “I never had a bad meal.”

Mr. Filbert was a member of A.J. Jurek Post, American Legion; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the Korean War Association.

He traveled to Washington, D.C., for the dedications of the Korean War and World War II memorials.

He enjoyed cycling, cross-country skiing, gardening, photography and other hobbies, and also volunteered in several areas.

Mr. Filbert’s wife is deceased, and he is survived by a son, Gary.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road, Amherst.

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