Ulrich, Duane C. "Whitey"|
4/13/1938 - 10/25/2013
Duane C. "Whitey" Ulrich, passed away on October 25, 2013 at the age of 75 surrounded by his family in his Dove Canyon home.
Whitey was preceded in death by his father, Fred Ulrich; mother, Caroline Bargman-Ulrich; brother, Loren Ulrich; and father-in-law, Arthur Olthoff.
Whitey is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Phyllis Ulrich; son, John Ulrich and wife Cristina; daughter, Laurie Moxley and husband Mike; son, Mark Ulrich and wife Lisa; daughter, Tracy Micalizzi and husband Michael; and daughter, Stacy Johnson; 15 grandchildren, James, Alexa, Brandon, Drew, Blake, Hayden, Tyler, Michael, Griffin, Connor, Amanda, Slater, Jenifer, Nicole and Matthew; 1 great grandson, Mason; mother-in-law, Alta Olthoff; sister, Jean Dinges; and brother, Darrell Ulrich.
Whitey enjoyed Palm Springs and Big Bear, loved the Lakers and Dodgers, golfing, casinos, wood-working, playing cards and reading. Together they enjoyed 27 cruises to various ports of call around the world. He was a member of the Dove Canyon Golf Club, an Elder of Wilshire Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, CA, and a member of Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA.
He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1956, and in 2012 was inducted into the High School Gymnastics Hall of Fame for his state title on the parallel bars.
He enlisted into the US Navy in July, 1956, and served four years on various ships including the USS Dennis J Buckley (DD/DDR 808), stationed in Long Beach, CA. He met Phyllis and they later married at First Presbyterian Church of Long Beach on January 10, 1958.
In 1960, his career began at Magnolia Meats as an apprentice and soon became a journeyman meatcutter. In 1961, he became the meat manager for Cole's Markets in Long Beach, CA.
In 1969 he joined the staff of Meatcutter Local 551 as a business agent. He later became President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 551 located in Artesia, CA.
A gifted educator, he taught apprentice meatcutting classes for over 11 years. He authored numerous training manuals and later became Apprenticeship Council Commissioner for the State of California Department of Industrial Relations. Whitey was appointed to the International Foreign Affairs Committee and worked with international labor leaders from Africa, Europe, Philippines, China and Japan. He was an active fundraiser for the solidarity movement in Poland.
Whitey was a life-long advocate for "working families" and "safety in the workplace". The most important mission in his life was serving his beloved family and union members.
A visitation will be held on Fri, Nov. 1 from 9:30-11:30 at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 followed by a Funeral Service at 1:30pm at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 26051 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. A private burial will be held at Riverside National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of "Whitey Ulrich" to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Attn: Sandra Hawes, National Capital Chapter Office, 5845 Richmond Hwy #800, Alexandria, VA 22303. www.fairhavenmemorialservices.com
Published in Orange County Register on Oct. 31, 2013