Donald LeRoy Ulmer was born on July 20, 1934, near Woodbine, Iowa to Jacob and Gussie (Sewing) Ulmer. He grew up in the Woodbine area and graduated from Woodbine Normal School in 1952. On December 12, 1953, Donald married Mary Miles at the Dunlap Methodist Church. The couple lived west of Dunlap and then west of Dow City. Don worked for Hap Heistand, drove truck for Ganzhorn Trucking in Woodbine, Hicks Trucking in Dunlap, Hunt Transportation, Transcon Trucking, Consolidated Freight, PIE Trucking and then Krajicek Inc. Donald retired from Krajicek, Inc at the age of 72 years. Don was married to Irvalee Bamford for eighteen years.
Donald loved his grandkids and following all their various activities. He enjoyed college sports ~ especially the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was also a Chicago Cubs fan. Donald enjoyed the out-of-doors. He hunted, fished, and camped. Donald loved to harass the waitresses and his nurses.
Donald died on January 24, 2020, at the Eventide Nursing Home in Denison at the age of 85 years, six months and four days.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Jessica Hoffman; and three siblings, Jake Ulmer, Jr. Gerald Ulmer and Arlene Nichols. He is survived by his five children, Greg Ulmer and his wife Melanie of Harlan, Iowa, Nancy and her husband Jim Allen of Denison, Iowa, Julie Findlay of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jane McAndrews of Dunlap, Iowa and Debbie and her husband Alan Rule of Billings, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Hull and Thelma Ulmer both of Denison, Iowa and many other relatives and friends.
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