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Donald S. Ulrich

Mandan, North Dakota

May 1, 1942 – May 4, 2017 (Age 75)


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Buehler-Larson Funeral Home Obituary

Donald "Don" S. Ulrich, age 75, Mandan, died May 4, 2017 at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a prayer service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Don was born May 1, 1942 in Elgin, ND to Albert and Elizabeth (Mocko) Ulrich. He was raised on the family farm and attended country schools. In 1965 he married Shirley Lundstrom and together they had three sons. They made their home in the Bismarck/Mandan area where Don had various jobs as a diesel mechanic. He was very gifted in this area and spent a lot of time sharing his knowledge. In 1987 Don married Virginia "Jeannie" Johner. In 1992 they moved north of Mandan along the Square Butte Creek. Don and Jeannie developed and landscaped this piece of property in their spare time and planted large gardens each summer. They lived there until the flood of 2011, and with heavy hearts, they decided to move back to Mandan. Don had many talents including woodworking and carpentry. He had the ability to build almost anything. His most outstanding characteristic, however, was his love for family and friends. He loved to visit with everyone. He would do anything for anybody. Don was the "go to guy" for any type of advice as he was a "Jack of all Trades". He loved to spend his evenings watching TV and petting Ebony, a recently acquired rescue dog from Central Dakota Humane Society. Don will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend, Jeannie Ulrich; his three sons, Dion (Karen) Ulrich, Corey (Tonya) Ulrich, and Troy Ulrich; four grandchildren, Madisen, Morgan, McKenzie, and Ryan Ulrich; brothers, Robert, Timothy, and Rodney (Evon) Ulrich; sisters, Joyce (Jeff) Steinle and Karen (Doug) Sokolofsky; many nieces and nephews; and his in-laws Bill & Karen Johner, Mandan and Pat & Betty Johner, Costa Mesa, CA. Additionally, Don had a special love and fondness for Shawn Venstad and his family, Justin Kappla and his family, Henry Muller as well as Eric and Amanda Jensen and their three children. Don was preceded in death by his parents; his half-brothers, Lee Jueth and George Ulrich; half-sisters, Agnes Balliet and Betty Mann; his brother, Curtis Ulrich, his sister in law Marlene Johner Howard and brother in law Mike Johner. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Central Dakota Humane Society.

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Not only was he my Grandpa, but he was my best buddy. You will be missed tremendously.

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

He was more then just my grandpa....he was an amazing person who would do anything for me. I am surely gonna miss a great person

I simply can't express how sad it is that this world lost such a loving and happy man. Sincerest sympathies.


i am very sorry too see Donny has passed, he was my mechanic at Earthbuilders years ago , he was also a very good friend. A good man gone to soon ,will always remember that smile of his !!! be seeing buddy....

Our sincerest condolences in the passing of Don. May God encircle all of you now and in the upcoming days with his Love, Strength and Guidance. Our prayers are with you.

We will really miss you Donald I will especially miss your 12:30 and 6:30 pm daily phone calls and all the ones in between. May you Rest In Peace Uncle and dear friend.

Don, I will always remember our family visits to your farm and how you would take me horseback riding and show me how strong you were by lifting bales of hay. After almost 60 years, this warm memory of you will always remain. Your Cousin, Bonnie