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Philip Ellwein


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Philip Ellwein

Philip Ellwein, 92, of Pierre, SD, passed away August 5, 2016 at Kelly's Retirement Home in Pierre, SD. Phil's Family will greet visitors from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Friday, August 12, 2016 at Lutheran Memorial Church with a Memorial Celebration of Life beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Philip Andrew Ellwein was born on February 12, 1924 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Andrew and Anna Jane (Walker) Ellwein. He died August 5, 2016, in Pierre, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents and 5 brothers. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Colby) Ellwein, 4 children, David (Norma) Ellwein, Stephen (Shirley) Ellwein, Kathryn Ann (John) Harris and Peggy Ellwein (Brian Wickman), 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Philip attended Mitchell public schools for 8 years and then went on to graduate high school from Shattuck Military School in Faribault, Minnesota in 1943. While at Shattuck he was a sergeant in the cadet battalion, member of the varsity baseball, football and basketball teams. Philip was also on the varsity letter club and captain of the basketball team.

Philip entered the United States Army on October 16, 1943, and was discharged in February of 1944. While in the Army he obtained the rank of staff sergeant. He was a veteran of the eastern Mandates- southern Philippines, Ryukyes campaigns. He holds a bronze Service Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.

Philip came to Pierre with the Coca Cola Bottling Company in the fall of 1944. September 11, 1946, he married Lorraine Colby. Together they owned and operated the Coca Cola Bottling Company until they sold and retired in 1980.

Philip was a charter member of 1st Dakota Savings and Loan and served on the Board of Directors for many years and also served on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Physical Fitness which he was appointed by Governor Richard Kneip in 1973.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Kelly's Retirement Center or the Salvation Army. Condolences may conveyed to the family at www.feigumfh.com
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 9, 2016
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