Sep 25, 1926 - Jun 24, 2015
1926 – 2015 Fred Ullmer, age 88, died peacefully in Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father Edmund and mother Bessie and brothers Ed, Bill and Jim. He is survived by his wife Elena of Portland, Oregon, his sons John and Marco (Patricia) of Portland, Oregon, his grand-children Allison of Portland, Oregon, Lauren (Greg) of Missoula, Montana, Fred (Valerie) of Denver, Colorado and Alexander of Gilbert, Arizona, and his great-granddaughter Brynn of Missoula, Montana. Fred was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He was a good student and became an excellent piano player. After high school he joined the Army which needed civil engineers for the conduct of World War II. The Army sent him to college to study civil engineering. At war’s end the Army took him out of college and sent him to Italy where he met his future wife. In 1948 he graduated from college as a mechanical engineer, married Elena and moved to California. He found work at aerospace defense contractor Aerojet General Corporation where he remained for 37 years, first in Southern California and then in the Sacramento area. Highlights of his carrier include a 27 month stint as the American technical expert in a project setting up a rocket propellant factory outside of Rome, Italy, being the manager of international sales for Aerojet’s Solid Rocket division, and doing the research and prototypes that led to his winning Aerojet’s top award for technical innovation in 1989, the year he retired. In retirement Fred loved to entertain people playing the piano, to socialize with friends and family over great meals, to build things in his garage, to paint and to travel the world. In 2014 Fred and Elena moved to an assisted living facility in Portland, Oregon. A celebration of Fred’s life was held on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Masses in Fred’s name will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon. His ashes will eventually be placed at East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento. All who knew Fred will miss his great smile and twinkle in his eyes.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 10, 2015
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