Rex W. Ulricksen passed away on November 5, 2013 surrounded by his loving family who were all visiting to celebrate his 90th birthday. Rex was born in Mason City, Iowa on October 29, 1923, the only son of Harry Andrew and Amelia Ulricksen, and preceded in death by his sister, Ann Pemberton. He was raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Southeast High School and Rockhurst University. After serving in the Pacific Theater as a Naval aviator and surviving the Kamikaze attack on his ship, the U.S.S. Saratoga, he returned to finish his education at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Petroleum Geology. Upon graduation, he joined Humble Oil Company, later Exxon where, during his 30 year career, he held numerous managerial positions. His career included stints in Louisiana, Texas, California, and Colorado. After retiring from Exxon, he joined Equitable Resources Energy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he helped organize the Exploration Department for that company. After retirement, he enjoyed travel, bridge, politics, sports (especially the Broncos) and following the activities of his grandchildren. He is survived by Betty Fisher Ulricksen, his wife of 65 years; four children, Nanette Richard (Jeff) of Salt Lake City, Craig and Stephen Ulricksen of Annapolis, Maryland, and Brian Ulricksen (Kammie) of Denver; four grandchildren, Sara and Harry Andrew Ulricksen II of Denver, and Jennifer Kawakami (Jason) and Bradley Richard (Shiho); and great-grandchildren, Tatum and Aimi. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, November 12 at 11:00 AM at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 8035 S. Quebec St., Centennial, Colorado. Entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge.
Published in Denver Post on Nov. 10, 2013