Lifelong Nomite William (Bill) Ullrich, 93, passed away July 22, 2013 at home in Anchorage surrounded by his loving family.
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Bill was born October 29, 1919 in Nome, Alaska to Paul and Carrie Ullrich. He was raised in Nome until his father was killed in an automobile accident in 1932. A year later his mother and he moved to live with relatives in Michigan where he graduated from High School. He attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and received a BS Degree in Mining Engineering. He served in WWII as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Force. While attending officer's training at Yale University he met his soon to be bride, Adeline Merlone, at a USO dance. They were married January 13, 1944 in North Haven, Connecticut and was stationed in New Jersey for the next two years. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the military in 1946, Bill couldn't wait to bring his young bride back to his hometown Nome, Alaska.
Over the years, Bill worked in Nome for "The Mining Company," seven years as a U.S. Deputy Marshal prior to statehood, taught High School science, math and physical education along with coaching the Nome Nanooks basketball team. He was so proud of his team for winning two back-to-back Class "B" State Championships in 1954-1955 and 1955-1956.
Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 19 and a lifetime member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo #1.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent many weekends at his cabin on the Snake River puttering, fishing and picking berries. In his younger years he spent summers at his mine above Glacier Creek.
He leaves behind three daughters, Carrie (Dave Scott) of New Mexico, Debbie (Ron Smith) of Oklahoma/Washington, Judy (significant other, Dennis Ryan) of Anchorage.
Grandchildren, Neal Scott, Terri Scott, Linda Scott, Joe Smith, Kelci Fitch, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Adeline, son William Jr., parents, sister Margaret, grandsons Stephen Scott and Eric Punton.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the
, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.
A memorial service will be held on August 1st at 4:00 pm at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E. Street, Anchorage Alaska. Reception directly to follow at same location.
Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from July 28 to July 29, 2013
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