Michael Filip, 63

Michael A. Filip, 63, of rural Wabash, died at 1 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. 

He was born May 3, 1953, in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Paul Joseph and Vilma (Hawkins) Filip.

Mike was a 1971 graduate of Gobles High School in Gobles, Mich., where he was the first freshman to start on the varsity basketball team, and also where he lettered in basketball, football, and track.  He served in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller from 1971-1973. 

Mike married Vicki (Rice) Gieras in Wabash on Jan. 6, 1996.  He worked at Real Alloy in Wabash since 1981.  Mike was a member of the Christian Heritage Church and was a former Little League coach in North Manchester.  He was a former drag racer, and enjoyed watching NHRA.  He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, bird watching, gardening, and his dogs.. 

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Filip of Wabash; mother, Vilma Filip of Lake Placid, Fla.; two children, Shawn (Angel) Filip and Jeremy Filip, both of Servia; two step-children, Russell (Kaycee) Gieras of Wabash and Kimberly (Torin) King of Anderson; eight grandchildren, Dillion Filip, Dawson Filip, Danica Filip, Kenyon Filip, Macen Filip, Everett King, Reid Gieras, Brylee Fagan; brother, Paul (Melissa) Filip of Kalamazoo; sister, Paula Filip-Sawyer of Lake Placid; his father-in-law, Ellis Rice of Wabash, and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, infant brother, Joseph Paul Filip, and his mother-in-law, Shirley Rice.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 3-7p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is the animal shelter of Wabash County.

The memorial guest book for Mike may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Feb 21