Longtime Springfield educator dies of complicated brain cancer by accident in Effingham County

Mike Filter

Mike Filter

A Springfield man died Thursday night of brain cancer complicated by a two-vehicle accident in Effingham County on April 19.

Mike Filter, 62, was vice principal, teacher and coach at Lutheran High School in Springfield for more than 30 years before leaving in 2018.

Since 2018, Filter has been a teacher at Sangamon County Learning Academy, which is located in the Capital Area Career Center.

Illinois State Police said the crash happened at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Illinois 128. The intersection is between the towns of St. Elmo and D ‘Altamont, just north of Interstate 70.

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An ISP report said Filter’s wife, Laura Filter, 63, was driving south on Illinois 128. Filter’s car was hit by a pickup truck driven by Tracy Evans, 48, of Vandalia. Evans was heading east on Route 40.

The crash is still under investigation by ISP.

Both Mike Filter and Laura Filter were airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Evans refused to receive medical attention.

Laura Filter has been discharged from hospital, according to a family spokesperson.

As Lutheran’s baseball head coach, Filter led the school to its only regional title in 1993.

Mike Filter’s funeral is Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA).

Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, sspearie@sj-r.com, twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.

This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Longtime Lutheran High School educator, coach dies in Springfield IL

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