W. Jerry Ulrich

Published On: Dec 12 2012 06:12:36 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 12 2012 09:29:02 AM CST

POYNETTE-W. Jerry Ulrich, age 71, passed away peacefully with family at his side, on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. He was born on Jan. 13, 1941, in Madison, the son of Walter and Lillian (Sorensen) Ulrich. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Karen Haessig. He graduated from Central High School in 1959, attended UW-Madison and completed his degree through Cardinal Stritch University. Jerry started his career as a flight instructor at Morey Airport in Middleton. He continued as a pilot for Oscar Mayer, and retired from Phillip Morris after 30 years of a career he was passionate about. Jerry was a man of generosity, integrity, and always felt like his glass was half full. He shared his love of the outdoors, bow hunting at the farm and walleye fishing in Canada with family and friends.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen; son, Scot (Jolie); daughter, Krista (Rafael); grandchildren, Nathan, Carter, Brady, and Zoe; a grandson on the way; mother, Lillian; brother, Tom (Sally); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held at REX’S INNKEEPER, 301 North Century Ave., Waunakee, from Noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, with a time to share memories at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org. A special thank you to the UW Transplant team for their exceptional compassion, care and dedication to extending life. We also thank St. Mary’s Care Center, and Agrace HospiceCare. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.Gunderson_Funeral

Jerry lived life by his favorite quote, “Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”-Unknown

Karen’s love and respect will follow Jerry for eternity.

Memorials:
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Service:
A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held at REX’S INNKEEPER, 301 North Century Ave., Waunakee, from Noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, with a time to share memories at 1:30 p.m.