Dr. David Lee Filmer

June 4, 1932 - May 23, 2021
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Church of the Blessed Sacrament
2224 Sacramento Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Friday 6/4, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Memorial contributions in David’s name may be given to the Salvation Army, Lafayette Rotary Club Foundation or WIRES (Western Indiana Radio Emergency Services), 5 Adina Place, Lafayette, IN 47905.

Tippecanoe Memory Gardens
1718 W. 350 North
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Friday 6/4
Church of the Blessed Sacrament
2224 Sacramento Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Friday 6/4, 1:00 pm

Dr. David L. Filmer, 88, of West Lafayette passed away unexpectedly May 23, 2021, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. He was born June 4, 1932 in Youngstown, OH to the late Jack and Marjorie (Harrar) Filmer. He graduated from Canfield High School in Canton, OH and was awarded his Bachelor of Science inContinue Reading

Carolyn Cannon left a message on July 29, 2021:
Dave and my father, John Cannon, were friends and colleagues at Purdue and wrote several papers together. I remember Dave from the 1968-1969 academic year when I walked past his house on my way to my 3rd-grade class and often stopped by to visit on my way home. When my younger sister joined me, Dave was completely outnumbered by 6 girls in the house, if you include Eleanor, his wife. He loved it - mostly. He relished sharing his passion for short wave radio, but when it came time to herd the gaggle of girls for pictures, on one occasion, I remember a high decibel "Smile!" that evoked first shocked silence, then giggles. I am still smiling. Say hello to my father, please, Dave.
Mark Johnson left a message on July 6, 2021:
I knew 'Doctor Dave' through our mutual interest in amateur radio. I remember visiting his office and lab in the lower level of Lilly Hall many times between 1975 and 1978. He was a good friend and mentor.
Allyn Filmer left a message on June 7, 2021:
Several years (ok, decades) ago, when my brother and I were still teenagers (if memory serves - we are both in our 50s now), we were attending some family event. I don't recall what the event was, perhaps it was an anniversary of our grandparents. At some point during the event, Uncle Dave challenged my brother and I to a hot dog eating contest. (I think it was even the 2 of us against him). It was on the honor system that we would keep track on our own as to how many hot dogs we ate. There wasn't really a "time limit" (other than when the event ended, or the food was no longer being served). Throughout the afternoon, Uncle Dave would keep us updated as to his progress, my brother and I did our best to keep up, but as I recall at some point, Uncle Dave won when he checked in with us and with his smirk, just said one word...(as the priest mentioned, Uncle Dave was a man of few words).... and if I remember it correctly, that word was.... Eleven. Good bye Uncle Dave, you will be sorely missed.
Jan Cover left a message on June 3, 2021:
Dave is one of the small handful -- in my orbit -- of whom "a gentleman and a scholar" was literally true. I've purposely mixed tenses: he is that man who was a scholar, and was a kind and selfless soul (to whom a generation of students owe much) with as fine a sense of humor and twinkle-in-the-eye as there ever was. Among things he was, and still is, I shall number (i) a fine friend whom I'll miss, and (ii) a friend of Jesus, "unashamed" as St. Paul emphasized so often and Dave exemplified so frequently in word and deed. Now, he is with the saints above, walking (or if not, soon to walk) better than ever. My sincerest condolences and love to Christa. We sorrow, but not as those who have no hope. So long, Dave. We'll join you soon, to stroll and sing and rejoice for ages to come. -- Jan Cover
Michael Boston left a message on June 1, 2021:
David served with his wife as a Faculty Fellow at Tarkington Hall, Purdue, where I knew and worked with both of them. He always had an encouraging word for both students and staff, as well as a twinkle in his eye when they shared a meal with his adopted floor. Prayers for Christiane as you rest in peace, David!
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Robert B and Virginia A. Jacko left a message on May 31, 2021:
May Dave rest in peace until he is reunited with his beloved Christiane for eternity. He was a valued member of our informal, morning, McDonald's coffee group at Stadium and Northwestern Avenues and will be sorely missed. His love of radios lives on through his donation to me of his extensive collection of radio vacuum tubes and fasteners being used in the restoration on many of my vacuum tube radios.With deepest sympathy to Chirstiane, Bob and Virginia Jacko
Vasanti and Anant Ramdas left a message on May 31, 2021:
Our sincere condolences to Christiane Keck and family.
Pat L Dopson left a message on May 28, 2021:
Dave was a giant of a man .. friendly..quick to help out..full of knowledge and quick to laugh..he will be terribly condolesence to Krists and family
Allan & Judy Boyd left a message on May 28, 2021:
Our condolences from Canada, Dave was very close to my wife and I. I got to know Dave through amateur radio when Dave became a member of our club here on Manitoulin Island. Dave loved spending the summers here and we in club loved having Dave and Christa sharing their knowledge and friendship. He will be truly missed by all.
Jeff Spear left a message on May 28, 2021:
My dear wife, Janine, is Dr Filmer’s niece. We so enjoyed our occasional visits with him. What a wealth of knowledge he possessed. And he was so proud of Purdue. Praying for Aunt Christa during this period of remembering and adjusting. May God comfort and encourage you.
Taylor Keck left a message on May 28, 2021:
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Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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