Daniel R. Ilgen was born on Nov. 28, 1965, in Denver. He passed April 18, 2018, after a struggle with bile duct cancer in Meeker.
At age 16, he and his family moved to Meeker. He wrestled and played football at Meeker High School. He graduated in 1984 and went on to wrestle at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely. He studied business while at college.
After college he returned to Meeker. He was a “jack of all trades” and most recently worked as a Claims Adjuster with Meeker Collision. He enjoyed engaging in many activities including boating, hunting, off-roading and math. He was also involved in the community and helped establish the local OHV club. He was known for his culinary skills and his extended family always looked forward to the BBQ he and his friends would prepare for the family reunions.
The family lived in Buena Vista until the early ‘80s. Dan went to BVHS through the 10th grade.
His father, Earl Ilgen, proceeded him in death.
Family was his first priority. He is survived by his best friend and true love, Lindsey Harp; sons Tannor Keaton Ilgen (27) and Tyler Daniel Ilgen (19); daughter Reese Yvonne Miller (13); mother Jeanne Ilgen (78); sister Connie Ilgen (49); brother David (Rebecca) Ilgen (54) and four nieces, Madeline (21), Brooke (14), Gabrielle (11) and Bristol (7).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rio Blanco 4H Extension Building, 700 Sulphur Creek Road in Meeker, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dan Ilgen Memorial Scholarship Fund at Mountain Valley Bank.