Joyce Ann Ulrich
June 03, 1928 - March 06, 2017
Birthplace: Wausau, WI
Resided In: Red Oak, IA

Visitation 3/11/2017
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Evergreen Cemetery

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Joyce Ann (Ahles) Ulrich, age 88, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away, Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Red Oak, Iowa. Joyce was born on June 3, 1928 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Otto F. and Julia (Rheinschmidt) Alhes. She was the youngest of five children and the only girl. She grew up at Highland View Resort, a fishing resort and fox farm, her parents built and operated on Hancock Lake in north central Wisconsin. After her dad passed away and her brothers were serving in WWII, Joyce became instrumental in operating the resort and fox farm. She married Robert “Bud” I. Ulrich in 1948 and became an Air Force officer’s wife for the next 22 years. To this union, one daughter was born, Julie Ann Ulrich. Joyce and Bud lived in New York, Germany, Wisconsin and Alabama. Joyce was a passionate and talented horsewoman. She owned horses throughout her life and took the opportunity to advance her knowledge of dressage and jumping when she studied both while living in Germany. Her horse career spanned decades and included managing large stables, operating her own stables, giving riding instruction plus training, boarding, breeding and raising horses. She was a devoted 4-H horse project leader in Wisconsin and Mills and Montgomery counties in Iowa. Joyce became a certified “Sally Swift” riding instructor and worked with the Tellington-Jones TTEAM method of training horse and rider. Joyce was a confident riding instructor and her students fondly referred to her as, “The General”. She moved to Southwest Iowa in 1980 and called it her home for the remainder of her life. Joyce lived her life on her own terms with great joy, great enthusiasm, great friends and great fun.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Ralph Ahles, Ercel Ahles and Otto Ahles; sisters-in-law: Nell Ahles, Nida Ahles and Ginny Ahles; niece: Nancy Ahles and nephew: Brian Ahles. She is survived by her daughter: Julie Rubey and husband Clint; granddaughter: Kate Engel and husband Scott; step-granddaughters Lisa Rubey Stocksleger and husband Scott and their sons Wade and Ben; Kim Rubey Bond and husband Damien and their children Dawson, Nicole and Brody; and Clint’s brother: Ron Rubey and partner Andreas Jaeggi; brother: Dave Ahles and wife Alma; nephews and their families; and many friends.

A memorial visitation for Joyce Ulrich will be held 10:00 to 11: 30 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Montgomery County 4-H Horse Project or Heartland Hospice.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak is in charge of arrangements


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