Donald E. “Don” Ulrey

November 08, 1924 ‒ July 21, 2014

Chesterville, Ohio

Donald E. “Don” Ulrey, age 89, of Chesterville, died Monday morning, July 21, 2014, at Morrow Manor Nursing Center.

Don was born on the family farm in Chesterville on November 8, 1924 to the late Glen and Bernice (Howard) Ulrey. He attended Chesterville high school where he graduated in the class of 1942. Shortly after high school, Don enlisted in the United States Army. He proudly served his country during World War II in an Artillery Unit attached to the 104th Infantry Division, also known as the Timber Wolves.

Upon coming home from the war, Don went on a blind date and met the love of his life. On April 9, 1949, Don married Jane E. Park in Newport, KY. Together they shared 65 wonderful years together.

Being born on a farm, it was in Don’s blood to be a farmer. Don liked growing a variety of crops and raising livestock.

When Don wasn’t farming, he was an active Mason at Masonic Lodge 238, the Farm Bureau, Gideon’s International, the Jail Ministry, and the Morrow County Cripple Children’s Association. Don was a lifelong member of Chester Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and also as an adult Sunday school teacher. He also severed for numerous years as trustee for Chester Township and as a school board member for Highland Schools and the County School. Later in life Don liked to travel with Jane to Bradenton, Fl where they enjoyed spending the winters.

Don will be dearly missed by his wife, Jane; five sons: Steve (Linda) Ulrey of Centerburg, Larry (Cheri) Ulrey of Marengo, Phillip (Diana) Ulrey of Wichita, KS, Dan (Susan) Ulrey of Indianapolis, IN, and Paul (Sandy) Ulrey of Cardington; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Linder.

The Ulrey family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mount Gilead. A Masonic service will be held immediately following at 5 p.m. with Masonic Lodge 238 performing the ceremony. Services celebrating his life will be Monday, July 28, 2014 at11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chuck Wythe officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Army, as well as the VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87.

Memorial contributions in honor of Don may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 204, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Don’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • So sorry to hear of Don’s passing, I know he will be missed. Our prayers are with you.

  • Am so sorry to hear Don passed away. He was such a kind person. You and your are in my prayers. God bless.

    • Sorry avout Don. But we know where he will be in the resurrection. I hope to see you at the funeral home, but if that doesn’t happen please be sure you are in my prayers.
      Mary Allen

  • Jane,
    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

    Blessings to you and your family, Joan

  • So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have been thinking of he and Jane recently as I traveled past their home. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

    Roger and Bonita Nauman and family

  • So sorry to learn of Don’s passing. He was a great neighbor, and I miss his friendly wave when he saw me sitting in my yard or when I passed his home. Keeping the Ulery family in my prayers. Cherie

  • So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a friendly and nice neighbor. Will say prayers for the family.

  • This man was one of the kindest, and a true christian man who visited mom and dad when they were so sick. may God be with the family during this time.

  • Don will be missed very much. I always called him Dad and we would sit and talk about the deer. He was a good hearted and kindest person that I knew and always happy to see us. He will always be in my heart. Our deepest sympathy. Love and prayers.

  • Dear Jane & the entire Ulrey Family,

    When I joined the Morrow County Camp of Gideons, Don was one of many Gideons named “Don” in the camp. In fact they used to say, if you aren’t sure what someone’s name is, just call him Don and you have a great chance of being correct! Sadly, all but Don Chapman have gone to be with the Lord. Don’s passing reminds me of the George Jones song, “Who’s gonna fill there shoes?” We are losing great men like Don (it seems) on a daily basis and I wonder who will “replace” them? The fact is, there never will be anyone like him, but his legacy of caring, compassion and integrity, will carry on through his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as the men and women, like the rest of us, he left behind! How fitting that the family asked for memorial contributions to go to Gideons International! Like God’s Holy word, Don’s influence is alive and working through the lives that he touched while on Earth, and we will all rejoice when we see him again in Heaven someday! Praise God!!!

  • Don was a true man of God. He helped others to learn of the love of Jesus. He will be missed. God allowed us the privilege to know Don. Now he is home with God. Thank you Don for your service to your country and your service to God.

  • We are thinking about you at this time.

    Our thought and prayers are with you. Anna &Jodie

  • Thinking of you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Bob and Mary Ellen

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Dennie, Becky and I have such fond memories of growing up just down the road from Don and Jane, and the “Ulrey” boys! All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. I am sure that Dad (Jack) and Don are talking “crops” in heaven, and that Don is amazed at how lovely the crops are up there!

  • So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers.
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer
    Aaron and Nikki Kemmer, Lexi and Amelia
    Chris and Amber Kemmer and Alissa