WILLIAM R. BILL ULRICH DEC. 26, 1937 ~ NOV. 01, 2013 Our beloved father, husband, uncle, grandpa and friend Bill Ulrich passed away November 01, 2013 in Santa Fe, NM. His death is a deep loss to his wife of over 50 years Lila, son Steve Ulrich (Jennifer), daughter, Ann Pomazal (Bruce), eleven grandchildren, nephews Reed and Mark Palmer and their wives, Marlene and JoAnn, the Chhe family in St. Paul Minnesota and a legion of friends scattered around the country. Bill was born and lived out most of his life in the Portland area. He graduated from Washington High School, then spent three years in the USMC which served to confirm his early suspicion that he decidedly was not meant for a military career. Happy at discharge, he returned to earn a degree at Portland State College while working part-time at US Bank. That part-time job in the bank's fledgling computer operation became the foundation for a lifelong career. Bill led the drive from punch-cards to full electronic customer delivery, retiring in 1995 as Executive Vice-President, Information Services. Bill was a great boss to his employees, clear in his vision and directives, and as humorous (and sarcastic) in meetings as he was on the golf course. He was committed to the Portland community and particularly passionate about the work of Albertina Kerr Centers where he was a Board member and Board Chairman. Bill's "retirement" became a doorway to new adventures. He earned a pilot's license, bought a plane and delighted in exploring the country with Lila and sharing his new toy with his friends. Flying around the southwest, they "discovered" Santa Fe and fell in love with the high desert, its startling blue skies, appealing topography (and lack of rain!). They succumbed to the lure, built a home and in 2006 relocated there. Friends arrived in bunches and were welcomed with open arms and plentiful food and drink. Bill eventually gave up his cherished plane but continued to devote time to volunteering as a driver for Kitchen Angels and to chasing tennis and golf balls around courts and courses with the varying degrees of success to which he would, if pressed, admit. Bill faced the significant health challenges of his last years with courage, optimism, hope and frequent good humor. He overcame several problems along the way that would have tripped up a man with lesser heart. He will be so missed. Donations in remembrance of Bill may be made to Albertina Kerr Centers, 424 NE 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232 or to Kitchen Angels, 1222 SIler Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900