Michael Allen Fillinger
On March 29th, after a long battle with cancer, Mike Fillinger entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family. He was born in Glendive on November 28, 1947, to Gordon and Shirley Fillinger. His younger brother, Dan, came along three years later and the family moved to Helena. He graduated from Helena High in 1966 and Whitman College in 1970 in Microbiology. In 1968 he married his high school sweetheart, Marla Babcock, and they had 17 wonderful years together until her untimely death. In 1986, he was blessed to find his last love, Annell Crowley, and together they embarked on a 32-year journey, blending two families and adopting each other’s children. Love and faith sustained them through all the years.
Mike’s chosen career was Environmental Science. In 1970 he went to work for EPA in Denver, but the mountains of Montana called him back home. Returning in 1977 he opened a Consulting Business and traveled throughout the U.S. doing Biological Studies on Superfund sites. His reputation eventually led to him being recruited to open offices in Helena for Jacobs Engineering, Tetra Tech, and finally Morrison-Maierle Environmental where he worked until retiring. He treasured the life-long friends he made through his working years.
Mike‘s passion was hunting the mountains of Montana which he loved. His greatest joy was teaching his children and grandchildren the art and skill of hunting wild game. His hunting skills were even written about in the book “The Hunters Guide to Montana”. When not hunting you could find him fishing for anything that would bite his hook. Over the years, many friends were treated to Elk or Walleye dinners trading hunting and fishing stories around the BBQ.
Mike’s faith was the center of his life. In 2008 he became an ordained Minister and spent many wonderful years ministering the word of God wherever he could. His trip to Israel was the fulfillment of a life-long dream. His faith in his Savior sustained him throughout life and most recently through the difficult battle with cancer never losing hope.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dan. He leaves behind his wife, Annell, his three children Stacy (Joe), Phoebe (Johnny) and Matthew, and his beloved grandchildren Connor, Nevan, Cody, Dylan, Noemi, Jasmin, Trace, Marlee, and Declan.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6th at Life Covenant Church, 800 N. Hoback.