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Ralph C Phillips

January 29, 1927 ~ November 20, 2022 (age 95)

Obituary

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Ralph C Phillips at the age of 92, completed his life’s learning and departed this mortal existence, being reunited with his sweetheart, Marilyn, and wishing his loving daughter, Diana, a happy birthday on November 20, 2022.  He was the son of Kenneth Glen Phillips and Lucy Edna Adams.  He was born on January 29, 1930, the fourth of 10 children and was raised in American Fork, UT and it was there many fond memories were made with his siblings who he loved dearly.  He loved his brothers but in a family of 10 he had a special place in his heart for his two sisters.  Dad attended American Fork High school graduating in 1948, and it was soon after that he met the girl of his dreams.  He married Marilyn Hansen on November 30, 1950, and spent 71 years at her side, never missing an anniversary.  When mom passed away this last February it left a huge void in his life.  He loved her so much that he made sure he would show up for anniversary number 72.

Soon after marriage dad was called to serve in the military during the Korean War and went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina to train, leaving mom behind.  It was not long before the miles were too far, and mom joined him there.  When completing his service in 1953 they found their way back to Utah settling in Pleasant Grove.  Dad had made a promise to his mother-in-law, and it was important for him to keep that promise.  In April of 1953 he took mom to the Salt Lake Temple where they were sealed for all time and eternity.  Over the next ten years five children joined their eternal family.  Ken, Diana, Susan, Mark, and Leone.

Dad was a builder, a builder by profession, a builder of family, and a builder of faith.

Dad worked hard to support his family spending time working at Geneva Steele, Hercules, and as a contractor especially using his skills as a brick mason.  Then in the 1960’s he began doing what he loved most, building with his brothers.  Together they formed Phillip’s Mfg. and began building Travelite campers.  One of our favorite memories as children was to see how many Travelite campers we would see as we went on our own family camping trips. Our hearts raced with excitement each time we saw one.  After retirement dad kept on building.  He spent hours in his shop building toys for the grandchildren and great grandchildren, doing small remodel jobs for family and friends.  Even though it was difficult, dad was building just weeks before his passing.

Dad invested time building family through the things he loved most.  Family camping trips to the mountains is where he taught us all to love and appreciate God’s beautiful creations, brought us together for family reunions, and helped us learn the mysteries of the pine nut forest and the art of picking pine nuts, one of his most favorite outings.  Many of life’s lessons were learned as we sat around the campfire with him. 

We knew family was a top priority in his life as we watched him care for his parents and build special relationships with his brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.  They all love Uncle Ralph!

Dad was an influence for good in his family and all he came to know with his quiet, humble example of Faith in His Savior by serving in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints such as; Ward and Stake Clerk, High Council, Bishop, Stake Presidency, and MTC Branch Presidency. He considered all to be his friend and showed patience and unconditional love to whoever crossed his path.  His kindness was felt by many.  Dad did his part in building the kingdom by his example of magnifying all that he was called to do.  Even though it might have been out of his comfort zone he rolled up his sleeves and went to work trusting that he would receive the Lord’s help therefore touching the lives of many through his service.  He has left behind a legacy of light that will be looked to for generations.

Dad leaves behind a posterity that will miss him greatly, his children; Kenneth Phillips of Oak City, Susan Nuttall (Mike)of Oak City, Mark Phillips (Doni) of Pleasant Grove, Leone Ellison (Robert) of Eagle Mountain.  Son in law Rick Francom (Joan) of Lehi, 20 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren. His brothers Phil (Cheri) of Pleasant Grove, and Larry (Sharry) Phillips of American Fork.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Hansen Phillips, daughter Diana Francom, daughter in law Linda Phillips, Grandson in law Brian Dalley.  His parents Kenneth and Lucy Phillips, his brothers, Glen, Stan, Dean, Don, and Bob Phillips and sisters Edith Evans and Lavon Fullmer.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Timpanogos Third Ward Chapel, 425 East 500 North, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30-10:45 am prior to funeral services.  Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery with full military honors.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.  

 

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Services

Viewing
Saturday
November 26, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Timpanogos Third Ward Chapel
425 E 500 N
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Funeral Service
Saturday
November 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Timpanogos Third Ward Chapel
425 E 500 N
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Graveside Service
Saturday
November 26, 2022

1:00 PM
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 South 400 East
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

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