Longtime Moab resident Philip (Phil) F. Gramlich passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 19, 2010 after battling pneumonia and silicosis of the lungs.
He was born in Paradox, Colo. on Nov. 29, 1929, to John Walter Gramlich Sr. and Lucy May Markle Gramlich. Phil was a mining man and started working in 1947 for a Green River, Utah uranium mine.
He later moved to Moab where he met his wife of 57 years Rhea Pope Gramlich. They were married in August of 1952 and had three children: Michelle Mortensen, Monet (Gary) Tanikuni, and Mark (Dana) Gramlich.
In 1952, Phil was drafted into the Korean War where he served in Japan and Korea. After returning to Moab, Phil continued his love for mining. He worked with his father, ran his own mining and drilling business, and was employed by various mines in the area. Although Phil officially retired from the mining industry in the late 1980’s he never completely gave up his passion for mining. In 1991, he went to work selling real estate for Century 21 until his retirement in 2009.
Phil was also a man of great faith. He was a longtime member of the United Church of God, where he was active in church services and devoted to his religious beliefs.
Phil enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his compassionate soul, as he was always willing to help others and put their needs before his own. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Phil is preceded in death by his parents, brother, John Gramlich Jr., and sister, Katherine Gramlich Couroud.
He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Gramlich Ross, his wife, children, grandchildren – Teryn (Mike) Estenson, Rhianna (Ryan) Jones, Lindsay Mortensen, Kori (Todd) Carlson, Kylee (Zack) Buck, Marta Tanikuni, Braden (Tanna) Tanikuni and 11 great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law Lynn Shafer.
In fulfilling his wishes, Phil will be cremated and a memorial service in his honor will be held on Friday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Grand Center, 180 North 500 West.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to Alien Memorial Hospital for the new Moab Medical Center.