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Philip Earl Millett

September 17, 1942 - December 27, 2020

Philip Earl Millett went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the age of 78 after a brief battle with leukemia (AML).  Phil was born September 17, 1942 to Wilma (Swan) and Edgar Millett in Denver, CO.  He attended both North High School in Denver, CO and Evergreen High School in Evergreen, CO.  Phil graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO with a degree in physical education.

Phil married Rebecca (Becky) Allen on December 30, 1962.  Together they raised three daughters and were blessed with 54 years of marriage until Becky’s death in March of 2017.  Phil found love again and married Robin Nehls on April 7, 2019.

Phil worked most of his life in the circulation department at The Denver Post. His position began in Boulder, took him to Colorado Springs, and landed him in the Denver area until his retirement from the Denver Post. His true passion for work began when he became a business owner and landlord. He worked side by side with his daughter, Kim, at Custom Flag Company, until he retired in 2014.  Phil lived the remainder of his life in the Arvada area.  

Phil loved his children, son-in-laws and grandchildren.  He enjoyed many vacations with each of his daughter’s families and spent countless hours at his grandchildren’s sporting events.  Even in his last months he made it to watch a grandson compete in the state cross country meet.  Phil was a sports participant himself.  In his younger years he played in men’s league basketball and was active in men’s fast pitch softball.  He was an avid golfer and rarely missed his morning racquetball matches.  Additionally, Phil spent many hours preparing for his fantasy golf league.   He enjoyed the Colorado Buffaloes, the Denver Broncos, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Colorado Rockies both in person and on TV.  He watched college sports and kept up with Colorado high school sports.  Sports was always a topic of conversation with his wives, grandchildren, daughters, son-in-laws and friends.

Phil was fortunate to be able to travel throughout his adult life.  He made several trips with friends and family both internationally and throughout the United States, enjoying this country he loved.  

Phil had a strong relationship with God and was a member of Christ Community Covenant Church in Arvada, CO.  Phil enjoyed volunteering for many organizations, including his position on the Apex Foundation Board.  

He was preceded in death by:  his parents, Wilma and Edgar Millett; stepmother, Louise Millett; sister, Betty Kirkley; brother, John Millett; and wife, Rebecca Millett.

Phil is survived by his wife, Robin (Nehls) Millett; daughters, Tammera (Frank) Reeves, Kimberly (Brent) Griebling and Michelle (Scott) Donze; step-children, Jon (Carmen) Nehls and Jennifer (Chris) Jensen; grandchildren, Samantha and Nicole Reeves, Zach Griebling, Madison (Jimmy) Coleman, Jack and Blake Donze, Malachi Jensen, Ian Nehls; brothers, Edgar (Marie) Millett, Ronald (Carol) Lewis, David (Maravic) Lewis; sister, Carol Heller; sister-in-law, Barbara Miley; brothers-in-law William and David Allen; and many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces all of which he loved dearly.

Memorial Contributions can be made to:

Hope House                                                                   

6475 #A Benton Street                                                  

Arvada CO 80003                                                          


APEX Foundation

PO Box 1417

Arvada, CO 80001




3 Responses

  1. Venessa Jones says:

    A great man with an abundance of love for family and his fellow man. Phil was the grandpa that everyone wishes they had. He and Grandma Becky treated visitors and friends as if they were family. It shows in the way that their own daughters value family. Phil was a kind and wise man. He made me my first bloody mary. All my love to the family.

  2. Curtis, Lorie, Tanner, Courtnie Heller says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Phil was a great man and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
    Love the Hellers 💕💕💕

  3. Gene Brunkhardt says:

    RIP, Phil! I remember we met at Faith Lutheran School and Church in 6th grade and remained good friends thru Jr High and High School until you moving to Evergreen but still stayed in touch even when when we were at CU. Lots of good times!

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