COKATO -- Filmore Zenas Pfeifle, formerly of Pillager, Minn., passed away Dec. 18, 2003, at the Ridgeview Medical Center following a brief illness.
Filmore was born April 16, 1920, in Menno, S.D., to August and Anna (Engelland) Pfeifle. He grew up in Armour, S.D., graduating from Armour High School with the class of 1938. He went on to Yankton College for a time before joining the United States Army Air Corp, serving from 1941-1945.
After returning from the service he went to college in Springfield, S.D., and the University of South Dakota in Vermilion graduating with a degree in education. He then went on to attain his master's degree from the University of South Dakota.
Filmore taught and coached sports in Ruthton, Minn., for 3 1/2 years. In 1956 Filmore went to Pillager, Minn., working as a principal for six years and school superintendent there for 20 years, retiring in 1982.
Filmore enjoyed sports, fishing, golfing and watching the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. He was a member of the American Legion of Pillager, Pillager Commercial Club, attended the First Baptist Church. He was an active part of his community, always supporting and promoting his town and its schools.
Filmore is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Cokato; son, Jim and his wife Gail, their sons Nathan and Alex, all of Cokato, daughter, Jane and her husband Steve Norby of Wayzata, sisater Elva Arbough of Littleton, Colo.
Filmore was preceded in death by his parents and brother Allen.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 3, 2004, at the Pillager School in Pillager, Minn., at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at the Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager on April 16, 2004.
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