William H. Fillbach Jr., 76, son of William H. Fillbach Sr. and Louise B. Schurter, was born Jan. 19, 1925, at Queens, N.Y. He died Feb. 19, 2001, at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield. He grew up at Huntington Station, Long Island, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1948. He was a gunner’s mate stationed in the Pacific aboard the LST 118. After the war, he returned to Huntington Station, where he married Doris M. Kowalewski June 27, 1948. They raised three children. Mr. Fillbach owned and operated Fillbach Trucking. He worked for Consolidated Freight and Hertz until he moved to Houston October 1980. In 1981, he and his son, Paul, returned to the trucking business. He retired in 1987. His hobbies were model railroading, raising beef cattle and touring the country with his wife in their travel trailer. He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6508 of Houston. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul D. Fillbach. Surviving are his wife of the home; a daughter, Kathleen C. Monks of Houston; one son, William H. Fillbach III of Woodbridge, Va.; a sister, Virginia Wake of Banning, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral mass was Feb. 23 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Houston with Father Mark Binder officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Missouri Memorial Veterans Cemetery at Springfield.”

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