John Martin Ulrich
1939 - 2018
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January 31, 1939 ~ March 19, 2018

John Martin Ulrich passed away from complications due to Alzheimer's at the age of 79. John was born in Portland, OR to Warren and Marjorie Ulrich. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957 and attended the U of O as a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. John then joined the Navy, serving two years of active duty aboard the USS Energy, a minesweeper, and four years in the reserves. While in the service, John married Pamela Freeman and they adopted a son, David John, in 1966. John and Pamela divorced in 1975.

In 1966, John began working for the family-owned business, Pacific Machinery & Tool Steel Company. Starting in the warehouse, he moved to the sales department, retiring as inside sales manager in 1994.

John met his soulmate Cindy at work. One of their early dates was a sailing trip to Hawaii with other members of Cindy's family. Having survived that, getting married in 1983 was easy.

Throughout their life together John and Cindy enjoyed frequent visits to Cannon Beach, Maui, Cabo San Lucas, and road trips to see friends and family and nature along the way. In 1997, they bought property east of Washougal and built their dream house.

John enjoyed hiking, camping, pool, reading and music. Most of all, though, he loved hanging out with family and friends, which often included a microbrew or a margarita!

John was preceded in death by his son, David John. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; brother, Warren "Bud" Ulrich; and sisters, Susan Rick and Jocelyn "Mimi" Davis; and beloved grandchildren, Jordan and Jessica. He also leaves behind, too numerous to list, but much loved nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws.

Cindy thanks the caregivers and staff at The Hampton Salmon Creek for their compassionate care of John over the past 3 years.

A celebration of John's life will be held Sunday, April 29th, 2018 from 2:00-5:00p.m. at Bridgeport BrewPub in NW Portland.

Donations may be made in John's memory to:
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America
at 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
or The Humane Society for SWWA
at 1100 NE 192nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684

Please sign John's Guest Book at

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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 8, 2018.
02:00 - 05:00 PM
Celebration of Life
02:00 - 05:00 PM
Bridgeport BrewPub
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November 28, 2018
John was a fraternity brother, Kappa Sigma. we would water ski at Blue Lake in Portland. Many happy fraternity functions we attended. He was an upbeat man, sense of humor, and truly a good friend of mine and I hope can meet again someday.
The last time I saw John was at his home at Cannon Beach having refreshments with his brother Bud. So long John, until later, your brother, RON ELLIS. My picture in the Oregana 1961 year book, Kappa Sigma page
Ron Ellis
April 21, 2018
USS Energy
It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
John was young
And he was at the rail.
Roger Sheetz
April 15, 2018
Oh my buddy....we will SO miss that smile, the laugh and OH the music!!! You taught me So much about music that expanded my listening pleasure! And I have never had a margarita as good as Yours....well good man, you will be missed in many ways but glad you have peace now. What a treasure that I had 20 plus years with you and Cindy...I think I hear laughter from the sky... are You already telling your jokes up there? Lucky them....,hugs of love and to you Cindy
April 15, 2018
Cindy Ulrich
April 11, 2018
I was fortunate to work for John just before he retired. Taught me a lot. Funny man. Thanks, John.
Jeff Wilson
April 10, 2018
I worked for John Ulrich for two years (before he retired). He was a very down to earth and kind man. The quality of his character and management style were never replaced.
Samuel Chinakos
April 9, 2018
Sorry to hear of John's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with the Ulrich family at this difficult time.
Pam Freeman Bryan
April 9, 2018
We shall miss the face, heart and soul of John's gentility.
Karen and Greg
April 6, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing but happy he is no longer battling the effects of Alzheimer's and has now joined family and friends who have gone before him...may he finally rest in peace...
Barbara Zilk
April 6, 2018
You will be forever missed and thought of.

thank you for teaching us about Music, how to play pool, and a bunch of goofy sayings :)

Rest in paradise Grandpa John
Jessica Ulrich
April 2, 2018
Sandra Ulrich
April 2, 2018
A beaming smile and he always had the best jokes! You will be missed John ❤
Love and prayers to you Cindy
Sandra Ulrich
April 2, 2018
My sympathy goes out to the Family during this time of grief. May God's loving kindness comfort and help you through this difficult time.
Psalms 119:76
April 2, 2018
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May your precious memories of your time together help with the pain. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
March 30, 2018
To the Ulrich Family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of my friend and sales mentor John. All in all, I think we did good work together. And we always had a good time doing it. Best to you Cindy.

John and Patty Hickman
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