Donald Emerson "Uncle Don" Ullery

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. -Donald Emerson "Uncle Don" Ullery, 73, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., passed away on Dec. 5, 2012, at Hope Hospice.

He was born on April 12, 1939, in Greenville, Ohio, to Joyce Emerson and Bernice "Bea" (Byrd) Ullery.

Don is a life member of American Legion Post 140, where he has played an integral role as adjutant for several years, along with managing The Legion baseball team. He is loved and respected by all the boys he mentored in his years of traveling and managing their team. He was also an active member of Elks Lodge in Greenville, and The Moose and Eagles Lodge in Celina, Ohio. As many knew, Don served his country in the Army Reserves and was also an avid Ohio State football and Cincinnati Reds baseball fan.

To sum up his life in a few short sentences would be a great injustice to our family and friends of those who loved him. Don was more than a great man; he loved his wife and family like no man ever loved. The best way to sum up his life is by sharing one of his favorite quotes: "Live today, because tomorrow is promised to no one."

Donald Emerson Ullery was simply a wonderful man that left life way too soon. At this point in time, and at his request, he has asked that family and friends do not be saddened but instead rejoice in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. Ullery; his children, Tim (Tina) Ullery and Michelle (Anthony) Deemer; his mother, Bea Ullery; his grandchildren, Heather (Brandon), Adam, Gabriel and Jennifer; four great-grandchildren, Carson, Madison, Kolton and Blake; his stepchildren, Kim, Annette and Jim; six stepgrandchildren, Tyler, Jimmy, Keith, Drew, Shawn and Lynette; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Karly and Surie; and his brother, Larry (the late Pennie) and their sons, Rob and Brian.

He was predeceased by his father, Joyce E. Ullery, his brother, Duane Ullery.

In honor of his memory, we will be hosting a Celebration of Life party for him to take place on what would be his 74th birthday - April 12, 2013 at the American Legion in Greenville, Ohio. He wouldn't want his life to end in sadness but honored as a celebration. He loved life and all those who loved him are welcome to attend. A tree will be planted there in his honor to symbolize his unfinished life.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to the American Legion, Attn: Glenna, Post 140, 325 North Ohio St., Greenville, OH 45331. Friends may sign the guest book at


Published in The Daily Advocate on Dec. 10, 2012