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Marshall "Pete" E. Ulrich, of Selinsgrove, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, surrounded by his family. A kind and cheerful soul, Pete was 83 years young when he left this world.

Pete, son of the late Calvin and Edith Ulrich, was born on July 17, 1934.

He spent 61 years happily married to Shirley M. (Walters) Ulrich, who was his devoted wife. Shirley preceded him in death just a short time ago on Jan. 1, 2018.

Also preceding him in death were three sisters (Marie, Jenny, and Anna) and one brother (Marlin).

Pete is survived by one son, Marshall L. Ulrich and wife Sherry of Selinsgrove; one daughter, Audrey L. Hoover and husband Jeff of Port Trevorton; and one brother, Ray Ulrich and wife Joyce of Selinsgrove; nine grandchildren, Rusty, Jedd, Jeremiah, Ryan U., Jordan, Brent, Brooke, Courtney, and Ryan L.; and 17 great-grandchildren, Hayden, Kevin, Kinnley, Lacie, Tanner, Sarah, Jamie, Jamison, Brylie, Brayson, Maddison, Taylor, Kennedy, Evan, Camden, Gracie, and Shaun.

As a young man, Pete enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed overseas during the Korean War. He was a military policeman for several years before his honorable discharge. Pete was proud to have served in the military and to have been a lifelong member of the VFW. After his service time, Pete was a truck driver, hauling produce, and then worked at Selinsgrove Dairies for 13 years. Subsequently, Pete settled into a career at the Selinsgrove Post Office for 29 years before retiring.

In retirement, Pete enjoyed many bus trip adventures with his wife and friends.

He also loved playing cards with his buddies. At the ripe age of 65, Pete took up the game of golf. He could usually be found at the local par-three course where he recorded an astonishing four holes-in-one during his playing days.

Pete had an undeniable love for dogs, especially the chihuahuas in his life. There was Tiny, then Muffy, and most recently Skippy - small dogs with big personalities - and Pete adored them. He took every opportunity to spoil them and was known for sneaking them burgers and chicken nuggets when Shirley wasn't looking.

All who knew him would agree that Pete was a wonderful, sweet man and a friend to many. He will be dearly missed. He lavished love and joy on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as "Pop." A kid at heart, Pop never passed up an opportunity to play games with the youngsters, always amusing them with his witty sense of humor.

Pete, an unofficial historian, knew the ins and outs of Selinsgrove and enjoyed sharing the history of Selinsgrove with those around him. He genuinely loved his small town and the many friends he made there over the years.

More than anything, Pete cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. Whether you knew him as Marshall, Pete, Dad, or Pop, you knew he had a heart of gold. Though gone from our sight, he has left us with a lifetime of special memories. For that, we are truly blessed.

Friends and family will be revived from noon to 1 p.m. Sat. March 3, at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High Street, Selinsgrove, followed by a joint memorial service for the couple at 1, with Pastor Amelia A. Price officiating.

Burial will be private at Evergreen Cemetery, Selinsgrove.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor Pete and Shirley may make a donation in their memory to a local animal shelter, such as Mostly Mutts, Haven to Home, or the SPCA.
Published on February 24, 2018
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