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Lawrence William Filer died Friday, February 24, 2006 at 10:15 am at the Transitional Care Unit of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Larry died peacefully & was surrounded by his family. He was 89 years old.

Larry was born August 27, 1916 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Bertha Fredericke Johannsen & Arthur Harmon Filer. He graduated from Pipestone High School in 1936. Larry came to California in 1938 & worked in many different occupations during his lifetime. Larry’s work as a grocery clerk for Purity Stores brought him to Grass Valley, where he also began his mining career. In Grass Valley, he met Maciel Jensen Sessions & her children Margene & Gary & other family members.

Larry & Maciel were married & moved the family to Richmond, CA where he worked in the shipyards as a carpenter & an electrician. In 1942 he went into the Army & served stateside during WW II. A daughter, Yvonne, was born in Richmond. Larry was discharged from the Army to work in the Keystone Copperopolis Copper Mine near Angels Camp, CA for the war effort. During their stay in Angels Camp, daughter Maxine was born. Larry was called back into the Army & moved his family back to Grass Valley to be closer to other family members during his service. He was discharged in 1945. Another daughter, Marilyn, was born to the family in 1947 & that year the family moved to Rough & Ready, CA, where they lived when the youngest daughter, Jacci, was born in 1952. Larry lived the rest of his life in the Rough & Ready area.



During his working years, Larry was successful at many occupations. He hauled hay & fruit for many years, he was cemetery foreman for Nevada County, he was a logger & also ran a saw mill. He served as a Nevada County Supervisor, was on the Ready Springs School Board in Penn Valley, he was a horseman & horse trainer, rancher, gardener, author, poet, philosopher & story teller.

Larry always enjoyed attending the annual Miner’s dinner. He was a long time member of the Nevada County Horseman’s Club. He was very proud of his trick horse Jim & performed in shows all over Northern California & in Southern Oregon. His family was especially proud of his performance at the Cow Palace.




Larry was chosen Mr. Hot Stuff at the Rough & Ready Chili Cook Off three different times, he was an honorary member of the Rough & Ready Chamber of Commerce. Larry performed the wedding of his daughter, Jacci, & her husband, Don on July 6, 2001. (It was on the 59th anniversary of Larry & Maciel’s marriage.) Larry helped initiate the Rough & Ready Secessions Day celebration & attended every one, sometimes performing in skits & sometimes entertaining the audience with Nevada County stories.

Larry was predeceased by his parents, brother Donald & an infant baby girl. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Maciel in 1985. They were married forty three years. He was also predeceased by his grandson Douglas Elliott in 1954, his granddaughter Diana Filer in 1993, & his son-in-law Gene Elliott, in 2002.

Larry is survived by his brother Charles Filer & his wife Adeline of Lebanon, OR. He is also survived by six children: Margene Elliott, Gary Filer & wife, Marg, Marilyn Meservey & husband Dennis, Jacci Filer & husband Don Martin, all of Grass Valley; Yvonne Chappell & husband Rex of Roseville, Maxine Swan & Husband Cy of Oakland, OR. He is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren, forty great grandchildren & eight great, great grandchildren, & numerous nieces & nephews.

Viewing will be held from 10:00am – 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 1st at Hooper & Weaver in Nevada City. Funeral services will be 10:00am on Thursday, March 2nd at the church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.


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