Obituary: Philip Eugene Ellgen |

Obituary: Philip Eugene Ellgen

April 12, 1925 – February 7, 2022

Philip E. Ellgen, residing at The Gables Assisted Living in Brigham City, Utah, passed away on February 7, 2022 at the age of 96. Born April 12, 1925, Philip grew up on a ranch near the small town of Craig, Colorado. At 18, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during WWII, specifically on Guam and Iwo Jima, where he was wounded. After earning two Purple Hearts and being honorably discharged, he returned home and trained to receive his private pilot’s license while also working on the family ranch with his brother until his marriage to Hilda Faye Seldomridge in June 1950. They are parents to five children: Richard P. Ellgen (deceased 1974), Jo Ann Ellgen Vernon (Clair), Jean Ellgen Willmore (Robert), Janice Ellgen, and Jill Ellgen Kinney (Robert), and are blessed to have 15 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. They raised their children with moral values and a strong work ethic, and are so grateful for the blessings of their posterity. His children so appreciated his sweet and loving dedication to their mother. Philip worked in ranching, real estate, and construction (owning his own construction company early in his career). He could fix and build anything, including an airboat that their young family thoroughly enjoyed. He was a gardener until his early 90’s and was always available to help others with odd jobs. Being an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had many callings including various positions in Scouting, serving on High Council, and as Bishop. Later in life, one of Philip and Faye’s favorite callings was serving six years in the Ogden Utah Temple. In Colorado, they lived in Craig, Gunnison, Glenwood Springs, Paonia, and Maybell. And their Utah homes were in Vernal, Logan, Roosevelt, Perry, Hyrum, and Brigham City. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Friday prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. both at the mortuary. Colorado services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Avenue, Craig, Colorado. The viewing will be from 10-11:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at 11:30 at the Craig Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Utah Primary Children’s Hospital by using the link below:
Intermountain Foundation Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 N Mario Capecchi Dr. Salt Lake City, Utah 84113 Phone Number: 801-662-5959 Email:
The family would like to thank Aegis Hospice and the caring staff at The Gables Memory Care Unit for all their loving care of Philip. The funeral service in Utah will be live streamed and can be viewed on Philip’s obituary at

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