Joe Don Ulrich
Joe Don Ulrich
  • February 15, 1937 - March 1, 2017
  • Olivette, Missouri

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ULRICH, Joe Don, a faithful and tolerant Christian, beloved husband, father and grandfather, and retired insurance agent and Army Captain, passed away peacefully on March 1 after an inspirational fight with Alzheimer's, which never sapped his sweetness or cheer. He was 80.

Joe was the sixth child of eight born to May and Wesley Ulrich in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, February 15, 1937. His family migrated west to Twin Falls, Idaho, when he was eight years old. After graduating from Twin Falls High School in 1955, he attended Idaho College (now Idaho State University) and in 1959 received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. A natural, easy going leader, he was Boys Club president in high school and later president of Intercollegiate Knights.

Joe always included our country in his dinnertime prayers. He joined the National Guard in high school, graduated Second Lieutenant in the ROTC, and entered active service after graduation. He served in West Germany for three years and in the Warren, Michigan Tank Division, resigning his commission as a captain in 1964.

He, his wife Marilyn (nee Watson) and daughter Jennifer moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he lived the remainder of his life. He worked for Ford Motor Company and then entered the insurance business, his profession until retirement.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents May & Wesley Ulrich, sister Wanda (Steve) Voss and brothers Jerry (Rose) and James (Betty) Ulrich. He is survived by brothers John (Wanda), Jay (Brenda), Jean (Ann), Wesley (Jeanne) Ulrich; his devoted wife of 60 years, Marilyn (nee Watson) and his adoring children Jennifer (Jeff) Davis, Leslie (Scott) Darlington, Douglas Ulrich, and Christopher Ulrich; grandchildren Andrea (Matthew Kroll), Chelsea, Caitlin and Megan Davis, Jessica and Jared Darlington, and Alycia, Jeremy and Jacob Ulrich.

Raised in the Church of Christ and a pillar at Central Church of Christ on Skinker, Joe more recently attended social justice-focused Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves and enjoyed many friendships there.

He was an excellent companion to Marilyn in the garden and house - Marilyn loved to cook and Joe loved to eat - and enjoyed traveling west to visit family.
Joe made friends everywhere he went. He loved singing, dancing and making jokes and talking about cars with his friends at "The J". A principled man, he was funny, kind and held no grudges with any person. He leaves a huge void in the family but also many wonderful memories. Godspeed Joe.

SERVICES: Memorial service 3pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Peace UCC 204 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119. Those wishing to make a memorial may contribute to the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools program c/o Peace United Church of Christ, 204 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves MO 63119.

The family is very grateful for the compassionate care and concern given by BJC Hospice in the transition from life to death.