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Phil Harris Angell

Born: Sun., Oct. 11, 1942
Died: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

Interment of Cremains following Services

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
Location: Lovell Cemetery

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Phil Harris Angell, 76 of Lovell, Wyoming died at North Big Horn Hospital surrounded by his family on January 11, 2019.

Phil was born at Bethesda Hospital in Ft Dodge Iowa October 11, 1946 to Henry and Alice Angell of Clare, IA.  Phil had three siblings, Merle Angell (Volcano, CA), Ed Angell (Atlantic, IA) and Kathy Hoyer (Manson IA).  Growing up with two older brothers and a younger sister, Phil enjoyed the carefree life of an Iowa farm by growing up in the 50's in the tall cornfields around the family home.  As Phil grew into his teenage years, he developed a talent for making cars run and became a successful mechanic at Shimkat Motors in Fort Dodge, IA.

Phil met Linda Mae Rupp at the Fort Dodge town square in 1960 and after Linda graduated High School they married on August 26, 1961.   Soon after being married, they bought their first home in Badger, IA where they started their family.  Dean came first in 1962, followed by Jeff in 1965 and David in 1968 and Laura in 1974.

Phil worked a series of jobs ranging from mechanic to salesman for JC Penny’s and later LM Berry.  Phil began working for Georgia Pacific as a laborer and was recognized for his strong work ethic and leadership that he quickly made his way up to board plant shift foreman.  It was because of Georgia Pacific and his want to move “West” that he was able to make his way to Lovell, Wyoming where Phil and Linda made their home since 1976.  Settling in Lovell, Phil and Linda built their first home on open land on Circle Drive.  It was here that their fifth child Sara was born in 1977.  

Phil was an exceptional foreman, making millions of feet of wallboard that was sent throughout the world.  In 1994 Phil started a successful radiator shop, Lovell Radiator, which served the Big Horn Basin until his formal retirement in 2013.  During his time while running the radiator shop, he picked up a second job at Bentonite Corporation outside of Lovell.  He worked tireless long hours between the family business and the plant, but always made time to be with his kids and grandkids.  After leaving the Bentonite plant, he quickly got another second job.  He became the Lovell Animal Control Officer and was formerly known as “doggie one.”  His big heart and compassion for animals convinced the city of Lovell to provide heated floors for the kennel where stray animals were kept until claimed.  He worked alongside Lovell Police Department and developed many long-term relationships throughout the community serving in this roll.

Phil had a deep love for horses which led him to become the proud owner of his baby, Black Eye Suzie O which would his first of many Fox Trotters.  Phil was an active member of the Fox Trotter Association and volunteered regularly for the Fox Trotter Show in Powell and the Lovell Rodeo Club.  

The family spent multiple holiday weekends camping, horseback riding, hunting, cutting wood, and having family picnics on the mountains.  Phil loved the mountains, either spending the hunting season up at Sunlight or camping on the Big Horn Mountains.  

In 2014, Phil was in a tragic car accident which caused long term injuries.  During this time, his spirit and humor triumphantly carried on through multiple surgeries, hospital stays, and doctor visits.  There wasn’t one care giver who Phil couldn’t make laugh.  

Phil built a large and amazing family and cherished each and every one of them.  He is survived by his wife, Linda of 57 years; and 5 children.  Sons Dean Angell (Robin) of Roundup, MT, Jeff (Keri) of Lovell, David (Kim) of Lovell, Laura (Sean) of Noblesville, IN, and Sara (Eric) of Cowley.  15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Phil's Memorial will be held at St John's Lutheran Church at 11am, January 16th, 2019.  He will be laid to rest at the Lovell Cemetery.  

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Sandra Clark
   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Nicki Smith
   Posted Tue January 15, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Nicki Smith.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

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