Paul Daniel Ulerick, age 63, Twelve Mile, passed away at 9:56 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne.
Born March 28, 1958, in Logansport, Indiana, he was the son of the late Eulan D. Ulerick and Rose Hazel Murphy Ulerick.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Deborah Ulerick, Twelve Mile; daughter, Heather (Clayton) Brown, Georgia; and stepson, Kyle (Dale) Jones, Georgia; grandchildren, Colin Brown and Gwendolyn Jones, both of Georgia; sisters, Janet (Earl) Grauel, Donna (Michael) Babb, and Sharon Burns, all of Twelve Mile; and numerous nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews whom he loved and cared for deeply.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Michael Jones, and nephew, Michael Lee Burns.
Charismatic, loving, generous, and as quick-witted as anyone you could meet, Paul was a gifted storyteller, talented salesman, car enthusiast, and above all a loving husband, father, and son. Remembered by friends and family alike for his sense of humor, intelligence, and zest for life, Paul was always the life of a party, consummate host, and a lifelong romantic. He made friends everywhere he roamed and welcomed all into his circle—the misfit, the scholar, the discarded, the lost soul, yes, even republicans. He was also a loving caregiver to his mom, Hazel, who lived to be 100 years old, and who he loved as endlessly as perhaps an only son in a family of four can.
A political science major and a student of history who would often quip, “I am a God-fearing, gun-toting Democrat,” Paul was deeply invested in his community, serving as a Free Mason, the chair of the Cass County Democratic Party, a board member of the Cass County Historical Society, and the owner and operator of Amelio’s on the River restaurant in Logansport, Indiana. No matter the venue, Paul’s presence was felt in every room he stood in whether politicking for a candidate or holding court with patrons in Amelio’s bar and dining room. No matter the side of the political aisle or difference in philosophy, Paul was always enjoyable company and nearly impossible not to love.
A cross-country and track Phenom in high school and recognized with honors as a Cass County alumnus, Paul earned a scholarship to run at Manchester College where he made lifelong friendships and excelled as an athlete and student. After graduation, Paul took a job with IBM in Fort Wayne before eventually moving to Detroit and then to Atlanta where he would meet the love of his life, Deborah, and where he would make his home for 31 years. Paul excelled at IBM, Nynex, and eventually at HBOC and Connecture, becoming an accomplished and record-breaking sales leader. However, a return to his beloved home of Twelve Mile, Indiana, where his family had settled and made a life for themselves since 1809 was imminent. Paul wanted to ensure he honored his father’s vision for the family’s land, so in 2006 Paul and Deborah moved back and remade a homestead on his grandfather’s land where they married in 2007.
Since his return, Paul had become a staple of the Cass County community, hosting annual events, supporting democratic candidates and local business owners, eventually becoming one himself when in an effort to preserve a piece of Logansport’s history, he bought Amelio’s and returned it the premiere Italian steakhouse the community had always known.
A friend to all and a mentor and brother to many, Paul’s wisdom, humor, kindness, and warmth will be deeply missed by all who were lucky to enough to have been in his life.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for from 1-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Amelio’s on the River in Logansport, IN for family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County Democrats, PO Box 6, Logansport, Indiana, 46947 or the Cass County Historical Society, 421 East Broadway, Logansport, Indiana 46947.
McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.
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