Shad Elmer Ulrich, 54 passed away on Saturday November 28,2020 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, Wyoming, after a four-year battle of ALS.
Shad was born on October 16, 1966 in Grand Forks North Dakota, the son of Bertha (Bert) Gudmundson, and Elmer (Al) Ulrich.
Shad spent most of his working career in the oil field at many different companies, his most recent job was at Rocky Mountain Casing as a shop foreman and he loved it there he was employed with them for roughly 10 years. His last employment was with Wyoming casing in North Dakota as a shop foreman. Then he was diagnosed with ALS and could no longer work.
Shad grew up in Fort Bragg, California but later moved with his brother Shawn to Wyoming in 1990 this is where he met the mother to his two daughters, Kimberlie Atkinson. They later separated in 1997, however they remained friends for their girls.
Shad moved to Casper, Wyoming where he met his current wife Melissa (Missi) Presnell. The church he attended was the Bible church in Lovell, Wyoming, and he and Missi were married on September 3, 2002, and he was baptized with Missi in 2017. They returned back to Rock Springs in 2002 and resided here until 2015, then moved to Lovell, Wyoming.
Shad loved spending time with his family and friends. His two daughter were his world. He loved playing with his grandkids, asking them to give him a piggy back rid. Shad enjoyed working on engines rebuilding them and fixing cars. He could get almost any vehicle to run whether or not it was fixed the right (Shad’s way) but they would start. He was a Minnesota Vikings fan. Shad became a member of a church in Lovell in 2016 where he got baptized and he really enjoyed going to church. Over the past five years Shad and his older brother Shawn would take random trips to Grand Canyon, Zion park and many other places until traveling was no longer an option. Shad loved every minute of it. Shad made an impact on many peoples lives even if he didn’t realize it. He will forever be missed.
Shad is survived by his wife Melissa Ulrich of Lovell, Wyoming; two daughters; Kaylee Gonzalez and her husband, Vicente Gonzalez of Rock Springs; SheAnna Rodriguez and her husband, Carlos Rodriguez of Rock Springs; four step children Shailee Harvey of Thermopolis; Micheala Winters from Utah; Cory Lapp from Rawlins, and Spencer Griffin from Virginia; grandchildren: Jaidyn Dreben, Nakhya Gonzalez, Nashlly Gonzalez, Jose Jackson, Angel Gonzalez, Carlos Rodriguez Jr., and Analia Rodriguez all of Rock Springs; siblings: Shawn Gudmundson of North Dakota, Shane Ulrich of California, Shannon Davis of Texas, Sunny Borchert of Montana, and Heath Borchert of North Dakota and six step grand children.
Shad had many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews that he loved dearly and cherished all the time he had with everyone. Shad also had a few friends that he considered family they all kept in touch even after he was put into the care center.
Shad is proceeded in death by both his maternal grandparents, both of his paternal grandparents, mother Bertha Gudmundson, father Elmer Ulrich, sister Sharla Davis, one baby brother, and one great nephew.
A cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.