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ULLMAN, Kurt F.
ULLMAN, Kurt F. Born March 30, 1921 to Fritz and Freda Ullman in Schonebeck-Elbe Germany. Our father passed way on May 11, 2015, in Lancaster, California. In 1923, he and his parents immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island, first settling in Leona Valley, California. Within a few years the Ullman family moved to the Antelope Valleys Westside where they raised turkeys and later dry farmed wheat and barley. Dad attended Del Sur Elementary, Antelope Valley High School and was enrolled at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo when World War II began. He Served his country as a C-47 pilot in the Army Air Corp and later as an officer in the Air Force Reserve. Dads plane was shot down over the English Channel the day after D-day and he became the first pilot to survive ditching a C-47 in water with the gears down. He was very proudly one of the Antelope Valleys Boulevard Boys. After the war Dad returned to the Antelope Valley where he married Dorothy Westbrook. Together they raised four children and farmed wheat, barley, alfalfa and raised Hereford cattle on the ValleyƔs Westside. They were devoted to each other for 54 years. Dad was a founding member and President of Ranchers Bank and later served on the board of California Republic Bank until its merger with Wells Fargo. He was active in Real Estate, finance and served a term as President of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and as a member of board of the Westside School District. He was a member VFW post 3000 in Quartz Hill and recently was honored for his 70 years as a member of the Lancaster Elks Lodge 1625. Dad loved to hunt, target shoot and explore the outdoors. He enjoyed welding, designing new tools or building his own parts to repair different machines. In all things our dad worked to provide a great future for his children. He shared with us his optimism and joy for life. He encouraged us to explore, learn and to always give 110%. He was always thrilled by our successes. Dad was preceded in death by his parents, our mother Dorothy and grandson Zeth Ellsworth Ullman. He is survived by his children, Dana Nelsen (Duane), Gary Ullman (Karen), Julie Ullman (Daniel Walker) and Paul Ullman (Lynn). He is also survived by seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, as well as his nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Joshua Memorial Park on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10 am. Interment immediately to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests that charitable donations be made to the Lancaster Elks Lodge 1625, 240 East Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93535, please specify either ENF (Elks National Fund) or CHEA (Disabled Children). Joshua Memorial Park, Lancaster www.joshuamortuary.com

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