William F. Ulrich, Ph.D
September 27, 2016
William Frederick Ulrich, Ph.D, resident of Incline Village, Nevada, passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones on Friday, September 9, 2016. The son of George and Jane Ulrich, Bill was born on November 4, 1926, in Pinckneyville, Illinois. Bill went on to graduate with honors from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, followed by obtaining a Ph.D from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, in 1952. He met his beloved wife, Gloria, while attending the University of Illinois. Bill also served in the U.S. Air Force in 1945.
Bill and Gloria were united in marriage on June 9, 1951, eventually moving to Southern California. They lived for many years in Fullerton, where they raised three children, Jon, Kimberly and Leith. Bill worked for Shell Oil Company, but spent most of his career with Beckman Instruments, retiring as the Director of Research and Development. His time with Beckman also took him and Gloria to the Bay Area, where they resided in San Ramon, California, before retiring to their current home in Incline Village. Bill was a devoted Christian and was a charter and long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fullerton, as well as the Village Church in Incline Village. He was also a member of many professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society and the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. He enjoyed watching all sports, but especially loved football. He also enjoyed playing card games, mind puzzles, traveling, and sharing stories with his family, especially his five grandchildren.
Bill will be deeply missed by his family and all whose lives were touched by him. He was preceded in death by his sister Linda Welch. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, his sister Jackie Overbey of Lexington, Kentucky, his son, Jon Wassel Ulrich and his wife Lauren of Scottsdale, Arizona, his daughters Kimberly Gene Samuel and her husband Michael of Gilbert, Arizona, and Leith Ellen Harris and her husband Mark of Windsor, California, and his five beloved grandchildren, Brynne McManimie of Brooklyn, New York, Molly McManimie of Las Vegas, Nevada, Hayley McManimie of San Diego, California, and Jonathon Harris and Meghan Harris of Windsor, California. He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, October 14, at 10:30 a.m., at the Village Church in Incline Village, Nevada. Donations in his memory can be addressed to the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, the Village Church of Incline Village, or the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Please include "In the memory of William F. Ulrich" with any donation.