William B. Ulmer
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William B. Ulmer

76, of Indianapolis, passed away July 1, 2014. He was born December 6, 1937 to the late Ivan and Gladys Ulmer. William was a graduate of Thomas Carr Howe High School. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he was a member of Sigma Chi Alpha Fraternity, and a "Life Loyal Sig". He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban Call Up from 1962-1963. Bill retired in 1993 after 37 years as an architect with Eli Lilly & Co., during which time he initiated the Co-Op Education Program, instituted contractor safety practices and developed usage of minority businesses.

Bill was a member of AIA, licensed architect in both Indiana and Arizona, an active and competitive tennis player receiving many national awards, and was also a co-chairperson of the Stadium Committee RCA Tennis Championships.

A memorial visitation will be held Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Cas tleton Chapel , 9900 Allisonville Rd.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan Ulmer; son, Jeff (Lauri) Ulmer; grandchildren, Ashley, Chloe and Carson; and sister, Jacqueline Leverenz. A brother, Jerry Ulmer; and a sister, Willie Mae Ulmer, preceded him in death. http://www.shirleybrothers.com

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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Jul. 3, 2014.
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June 28, 2020
Bill was always very good to me! He was the best man at our wedding and he supported and loved us through our ups and downs. He was honest, hard working, liked to be challenged and enjoyed working with folks that had qualities of integrity! He had/has a great wife and son that respected their dad and made him very proud! Oh did he love those grandkids too! I miss Bill. I would see Bill at Ulen Golf Club and he always said something encouraging to me! He has been missed by many! One gifted individual that had a vision for whatever project he was working on to make our future a better place. Blessings to his beautiful family! We love all of you. Dave and Katie Haun
Katie Haun
July 22, 2014
Sue, I was shocked and very saddened in the sudden loss of Bill. I worked closely with Bill and served with him on several construction related Committees. It was very much my privilege and pleasure to work with and to know Bill over the years. Bill's integrity, intelligence, dry sense of humor and … his “Napkin Drawings” will certainly be very much missed. May the peace of God and his blessings keep you at this time.
Jim and Donna Maddox
July 9, 2014
Susan and Jeff, so saddened to get the news from Jeff today. I lost a wonderful friend and college roommate. A true professional, dedicated to architecture, his university and tennis. A friend to all! I will miss Bill, but the wonderful memories of our relationship will be forever. Phyllis and I send our thoughts and prayers to you. John Kosar
July 7, 2014
May God Bless All of you in this time of sorrow. William sounded like he was a really wonderful man. Sorry for your loss.
Beth Rutledge
July 7, 2014
Bill Ulmer was my friend. I always enjoyed talking with him at the various National Tennis Tournaments that we both liked to attend. We also played each other a few times. He was quite a competitor and the greatest gentleman !!May peace be with you.
Willis Anderson
July 6, 2014
May God bless you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gina Sichting
July 5, 2014
Susan and Jeff,

Dave and I were saddened to hear about Bill.

No one can prepare for such a sudden loss.

It's hard to say the right thing at a time when grief seems overwhelming
But I feel it necessary to give it a try.

Dave met Bill early in his career at Lilly. Their work relationship turned into a friendship that took them down the Colorado River on a raft and then cruising around Morgan County on their motor cycles many Saturday mornings.

Dave thought so highly of Bill that he didn't hesitate to ask Bill to be our best man at our wedding 37 years ago!

Bill soon became a friend to me as well!

Bill didn't hesitate to pop by my work station at Lilly to see how I was doing!

Always interested in our lives and when I asked about his “Susan and Jeff” were always mentioned with a smile that we'll never forget.

Bill was a man of integrity and excellence!

He will be missed by many because the impact he had on us will never go away.

Dave and Katie Haun
July 5, 2014
Dear Susan, Jo and I were shocked and saddened to hear that Bill is gone. You and Bill have been an important part of our life as neighbors for over 25 years and as friends. Please know that we are thinking of you and that you will find comfort in your wonderful memories.
Jack and Jo Schenck
July 4, 2014
Sue & family
I probably enjoyed no one 's office visits more than Bill's. I considered him a good friend and will miss him almost as much as you do. May God's presence fill your hearts.
Tim Story
July 3, 2014
Bill took a chance hiring me in 1978 which was my entry point into the wonderful world of Lilly. He was always kind, fair and honest with me in those early years. Truly one of those fine people who quietly makes a difference in a person's life. He certainly did that for me! Rest in peace Bill.
Dale Martlage
July 3, 2014
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bill for over 40 years... His love of life and occasional irreverence inspired a number of young engineers to do what's right, even if it went against the grain. He will be remembered by us older Lilly alumni as the guy who kept us together and found reasons to celebrate our friendship.
Mel Crichton
July 3, 2014
Sue, having worked closely with Bill for many years with Quality Connection, I felt very close to Bill; his willingness to always look out for his fellow men was tremendous. Louise and I will miss him, but we will always cherish the many meetings that we had with you and Bill. He was so proud of his son and grandchildren and I also send my condolences to them. Jerry Lamkin, Chairman of the Quality Connection Committee.
Jerry Lamkin
July 3, 2014
Sue and Jeff, I am saddened to hear of your great loss. My family remember Bill to be a kind humble man. He was always kind to us. We enjoyed his company. Sue, you were always special to us. Cristi loved you. We miss seeing you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, SHERRIE Remster DeLois
Sherrie Remster DeLois
July 3, 2014
On behalf of the Thomas Carr Howe High School Alumni Association we extend our deepest sympathy to the Ulmer family
Deanna Depositar Wood '58
Alumni Secretary
July 3, 2014
One of the finest persons I ever knew at Lilly. A man of integrity and courage with the desire to do things the best they could be done. To this day I greatly value the coaching and direction I received from him.
Gary Hedrick
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