Donald E. “Don” Ulrey
November 08, 1924 ‒ July 21, 2014
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.