Jerry L. Filo

April 10, 1937 ~ May 5, 2024

Jerome Lawrence Filo peacefully passed away at the age of 87, in his home, surrounded by family.

Jerry was born on April 10, 1937 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Andrew and Emily (Matusin) Filo. He attended Messmer High School and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir and met Carol Belstner, the love of his life and devoted wife of 62 years.

After graduating high school, Jerry embarked on what would become a sixty-six-year career as an architectural draftsman, designing homes and public buildings. His legacy can be seen in the area from beautiful lake front homes to numerous Habitat for Humanity houses that he both designed and helped build.

In search of a life focused on service to the community, Jerry and his family relocated to the Lake Charles area in 1972.

In between work and family, Jerry made time to teach catechism and helped establish the guitar mass at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Moss Bluff. Over the years, Jerry’s commitment to community service expanded to include counseling at the Louisiana Correctional and Industrial School, volunteering with the Crisis Hot Line as well as Abraham’s Tent and serving on the Lake Charles Catholic Diocesan building committee.  Most notably, Jerry was instrumental in establishing the local Calcasieu Habitat for Humanity Chapter where he served as its building coordinator.

Jerry relished work but always enjoyed traveling to attend graduations, ballet recitals, sporting events and birthdays. He also spent many Sundays cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers. Jerry is proceeded in death by his loving wife Carol and his brother Bob Filo. He is survived by his brother, Allen (Judy) Filo and sister Kathy (Wayne) Wencka, and his children, Jim and David (Angela) of Palo Alto, CA, John (Tracy) of Austin, TX, Tom (Kathryn), Kathy and Jean Marie of Lake Charles.  He leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Taylor (Mary Anne) and Shannon Filo, Tyler, Evan and Andrew Rasbeary, Devon Filo and Elise (Andrew) Kruger, Sarah and John Filo, and Amelia and Emmylou Filo, as well as three great-grandchildren, Emily, Cate, and Molly Filo.

Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake Street in Lake Charles, Thursday, May 9th from 5:00-8:00pm and again on Friday, May 10th from 9:00-11:00am followed by services beginning at 11:00am.  Interment will follow at Consolata Cemetery, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Jerry’s life was dedicated to community service and therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Abraham’s Tent or Project Build a Future both located in Lake Charles, Louisiana.




Visitation: Thursday, May 9, 2024
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Friday, May 10, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service: Friday, May 10, 2024
11:00 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

View current weather.

Tribute Video

Memories Timeline


  1. Candle 1I am definitely so heartbroken, so many memories, so many good times, I’m glad I was able to tell and show you how much I love you. So blessed to be called “your part of the family”. Please the care of the part of my heart that you have taken from me. Always in my heart, always in my memories. “ Go packers go” 😢❤️❤️

  2. Candle 1Dear Kathy and Family,
    My prayers are with all of you at this time 🙏🙏 and May He now
    Rest in Peace!✝️✝️

  3. Was a real honor to get to know such a kind person. Definitely a great man. Rest in peace Mr. Jerry

    Victor H Amador

  4. Dear Filo Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy over the loss of your dad and grandpa. He was one in a million and we are so grateful for his friendship over the years. He and your mom were such a blessing in our lives! He will be missed!

  5. So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  6. Candle 1Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you all. May faith and loving memories carry y’all through this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace in his Heavenly Home. Amen 🙏🏼

  7. Candle 6Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Mr. Jerry and Mrs. Carol’s guiding high schooler’s in faithful worship through music and theology discussions both at St Theodore and their home was a highlight for me and will always be remembered fondly.

  8. I am forever grateful that i got to meet your mom and dad and have the friendship we had
    Bless all of you
    Much Love

  9. Candle 1My sincere condolences to the Filo family. I had the pleasure of visiting with him at length at the Volleyball World Championship on Wilson Avenue several years back. Helpers to the community will always be missed but certainly remembered. Peace.

  10. Jerry and Carol were a staple foundation in the Brummel Family for years. It saddens me that this person who was such a major part of my parents life is now gone as well. While also assisting my father Heinz in his architectural firm draft his modern structures, he also aided my brother in his overdose, allowing him to reside and complete his final year of high school with his family in Lake Charles.
    How can we thank Jerry in providing soo much love and care. My father said he was always whistling, always happy, always a positive force…in my father’s tough German regimen of drafting. He said he was the best man he ever had, assisting him, not only in work, but in life. He also kept in contact with my brother all these years. From the overdose at 17, to his present years in his group home at 67, we are absolutely indebted to all of you for the ‘Filo Feel’ you have given this family. We love you, and we grieve for your loss. Filo admirers in Green Bay Wisconsin.
    Marc Brummel, BAGSTUDIO.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

  1. Candle 1
  2. Candle 2
  3. Candle 3
  4. Candle 4
  5. Candle 5
  6. Candle 6
  7. Candle 7
  8. Candle 8