LaVern Paul Ulrick, 95, of Stratford, Iowa passed away at the Stratford Nursing and Rehab Center in Stratford on Thursday evening, August 30, 2012 where he had resided since April of this year.
He was born August 6, 1917, near Stanhope, Iowa, the son of Ed and Minnie (Peterson) Ulrick and received his education at the Stratford School.
LaVern entered World War II with the 34th Red Bull Division in the Spring of 1941 and was in active combat in the African and European Campaigns. He was honorably discharged in the Spring of 1945.
On September 12, 1945, he was united in marriage to June Widman. The couple farmed south of Stratford for 36 years before retiring and moving into town in 1980.
LaVern enjoyed farm life with his family. He spent many summers fishing in Canada and northern Minnesota, and 23 years wintering in southern Texas.
He was a member of the Stratford Lutheran Church, VFW Post #817 in Boone and the American Legion Frederick Sonksen Post #576 for 67 years.
His parents; 3 brothers Art, Levi and Edwin; 2 sisters Vernice Stoner and Mary Bird; and a very special person, Neil Harris preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife June; 2 sons Edwin Ulrick and wife Gail of Payson, Arizona and Duane Ulrick and wife Linda of Des Moines, Iowa; 2 grandsons Chad Ulrick and wife Jennifer and Cory Ulrick and his companion, Joanne Picray, are all of Des Moines, Iowa; 2 great-grandchildren Addison and Grace Ulrick both of Des Moines, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday afternoon, September 5th at 1:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Stratford with Pastor Joe Lambert officiating. Friends may call at the Lutheran Church in Stratford on Tuesday evening, September 4th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present during that time to greet friends. Visitations will continue on Wednesday prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Interment, with military honors conducted by the Frederick Sonksen Post #576 of Stratford, will be in the South Marion Cemetery southeast of Stratford.
Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the Lutheran Church Building Fund, Stratford Fire Rescue Unit or Iowa Hospice of Ft. Dodge, Iowa.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.starkwelin.com. Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Stratford is in charge of arrangements.