ARIZONA CITY — Henry Emil Paul "Hank" Ullrich, 85, of Arizona City died on May 6, 2020, in Chandler.
Mr. Ullrich was born on May 7, 1934, to Harry and Anna Ullrich in Jerseyville, Illinois, and grew up in Wood River, Illinois. He graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School and joined the Navy shortly after graduation at age 18. He married Ione M. Blanchette on Jan. 3, 1955.
He had a 34-year Navy career and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and tours aboard the aircraft carriers USS Enterprise, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Greenwich Bay. He earned many awards and decorations during his career including the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired in 1987 as a master chief aviation maintenance administrationman. He was an avid motorcycle rider and woodworker. He loved to sit on his back porch and watch the sun set with his buddy Colin, an Australian shepherd, and a cold beer. He earlier had another beloved dog, Julie.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara A. "Barb" Duffy, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter, Carol L.
Funeral at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel in Casa Grande.
Donations may be made to: Jones Family Care Home, 412 S. 30th St., Mesa, AZ 85204.