Roy L. Ulmer, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Avera Yankton Care Center.
Funeral services are 11:00 AM, on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno, South Dakota with Reverend Theresa Jacobson officiating. Burial will be at approximately 1:45 PM, on Saturday at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Rames Bender Post No. 152 of Menno and SD Army National Guard. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Menno with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Pallbearers are Michael and Matthew Ulmer, Austin, Collin and Dalton Vielmette, Roland and Jarod Holcomb. Honorary pallbearers are Justin Gerlach.
Roy was born on the family farm near Menno, South Dakota on December 16, 1933, to William and Magdalena (Huber) Ulmer. He attended Ulmer Country School southeast of Menno through the eighth grade and then finished at Menno High School. After serving in the United States Army, Roy worked briefly in an aircraft factory in Wichita, Kansas and then returned to South Dakota where he married Donna Thum. They had two children: Randy and LeAnne. In 1981, Roy married LaVerna (Bittner) Vielmette of Yankton, adding two more children: Sheila and Bryan. Their lives centered around family functions, birthday parties and holidays. They also enjoyed movies, coffee visits at HyVee, and vacations together. They continued farming until he and LaVerna retired to Yankton in 1995. Still, Roy never really left the farm. He continued his daily routine-farming and a daily hand of cards. Roy and LaVerna continued as active members of Grace Lutheran Church. Roy was also a member the American Legion and the Elks Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, softball, billiards and a mean game of pinochle.
Roy is survived by his wife, LaVerna Ulmer of Yankton; one child: Randall (Lisa) Ulmer of Hartford, SD; son-in-law, Darren Gerlach of Scotland, SD; LaVerna's children: Sheila (Dan) Holcomb of Le Mars, IA and Bryan (Eileen) Vielmette of Garretson, SD; nine grandchildren: Michael (Rosalie) Ulmer, Matthew Ulmer, Justin Gerlach, Roland (Melissa) Holcomb, Jarod Holcomb, Danielle Holcomb, Austin Vielmette, Collin (Hailey) Vielmette and Dalton Vielmette; three great-grandchildren: Trinity, Lincoln and Tom; two sisters: Leona Kost of Parkston, SD and Verlaine Schneider of Tyndall, SD; brother, Art (Irene) Ulmer of Menno and a sister-in-law, Clara Ulmer of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, LeAnne Gerlach; grandson, Hollis Holcomb; six brothers: Ruben, Eugene, Wilbert, Harold, Harlan and an infant brother, and one sister, Linda Streyle.
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LaVerna You have my deepest sympathy.
They say sometimes we die of a broken heart. May God's love help get you through this loss
Lue Ann Miller
Dearest LaVerna and family, my heart goes out to you all this holiday season. I am so sorry for the loss you once again endure.
My love, Karen Kubal Edler
To Roy's family,
Sending our prayers and sympathies to you all. So sorry for your loss. I have a lot of fond memories out at the farm when we were growing up.
Patricia (Zeeb) Newman and James D. Newman
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