Born Dec. 13, 1921 on a farm between Olmsted and Grand Chain, at the age of 16,
Mr. Ulrich entered Southern Illinois University and graduated in 1943 as valedictorian with highest honors with a degree in mathematics.
He enlisted in 1942 in the Army Air Corps. After study in the radar training programs at Yale University, Harvard University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was a radar officer in a World War II combat unit in France, Belgium, Austria and Germany.
Discharged as a captain in 1946, he changed his field of study from science to music.
Mr. Ulrich studied music at the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., receiving the Ph.D. in 1955.
From 1949 until 1987, Mr. Ulrich taught music — piano, organ, theory and composition — at Phillips University in Enid, Okla.
His compositions have been performed in many of the major musical centers of North America and Europe. Among his special commissions were a setting of Psalm 75 for the 75h Anniversary of Phillips University, and a work for Concert Band performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the Oklahoma portion of the nation’s Bicentennial Celebrations in 1976.
He was a member of the American Mycological Society, the Northern Nut Growers Association, The North American Fruit Explorers and the National Puzzlers League.
Survivors include one sister, Rosemary O’Keefe of Vienna; his former wife, Rue Ulrich of St. Louis, Mo,; two sons, Burton Ulrich of Paducah and Monte Ulrich of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter, Jill Ulrich of Tulsa; three grandchildren, Nicole Ulrich, Jana Ulrich and Melanie Ulrich; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Regina Schoenborn Ulrich; and seven siblings, Marie Little, Helen Gore, Rex Ulrich, Florence Currans, Clarence “Freddie” Ulrich, James “Son” Ulrich and Edward “Beebe” Ulrich.
Funeral service was held Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak.
Burial followed at St. Catherine Cemetery in Grand Chain.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956.