Vernon DuWayne Ulledahl


Vernon DuWayne Ulledahl, age 87, passed away on Thursday, November 26th 2020 surrounded by loved ones at home. Vern was born on April 1st 1933 to Edna and Ray Ulledahl. Growing up on a farm in rural North Dakota he was no stranger to hard work, instilling determination and perseverance that would serve him well throughout his life. His upbringing was also a great source of pride. He loved to remind his grandchildren that he was, in fact, required to walk over a mile up hill, in the snow, to his one room schoolhouse. Vern took many trips back to his hometown over the years to visit his family and to attend large Ulledahl family reunions.

He left home at 18 and joined the Air Force traveling the world as a Radio Operator. He later became a computer programmer and then the General Manger of the FAA in Kansas City where he remained until his retirement. After retirement, he went on to pursue his woodworking passion and hobby, spending countless hours in his wood shop. He crafted cabinets, grandfather clocks and furniture pieces for a Kansas City company and created many personal pieces of furniture for family and friends. He became a beloved Raymore-Peculiar bus driver who brought doughnuts each Friday for the kids. He remained an adventurer at heart, skydiving at 72 and riding his motorcycles until his late 70’s.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Norma Ulledahl, and his sister Dolores Diffley. He is survived by: brother Orville Ulledahl (Loretta), sister Florence Schumacher, daughter Rhonda Hanke, son Darwin Ulledahl (Chan), daughter Sheryl Reynolds (Chris), grandson Daniel Ulledahl (Sarah), grandson David Ulledahl, granddaughter Kindra Hanke, granddaughter Skie Pearson (Nick), granddaughter Kelsey Johnson (Nash), granddaughter Jennifer Bristow (Michael), grandson Joseph Canzonere (April) and many great grandchildren and countless extended family.

He will forever be remembered for his acts of service to others, his deep love for his family, his generosity, kindness, true grit, and the quiet passion with which he lived his life. To quote Vern’s hero and to hopefully elicit a chuckle from him in the afterlife, “I would like to be remembered, well … the Mexicans have a phrase, “Feo, fuerte y formal”. Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity.” ― John Wayne.

Memorial Contributions

In remembrance of Vernon’s life, the family asks that you perform a random act of kindness in his honor. Call a loved one, give an extra generous tip the next time you are out to eat, spare some change for the person in need, or make a contribution to the American Stroke Foundation.


  1. Sarah Schumacher on December 8, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Vernon is the youngest brother of my mother, Florence. My earliest memory of Uncle Vernon was when he came to visit our family in Sioux Falls, bringing Rhonda and Darwin with him. He took Rhonda, Darwin, my sister Sandy and I to see “101 Dalmations” and after the movie we went swimming at the neighborhood swimming pool. Uncle Vernon was playful, kind, attentive, and always smiling and laughing. I thought he was the best uncle ever!
    Condolences to Vernon’s family and friends. I know he will be greatly missed. Love to you all.

  2. David Diffely on December 2, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Condolences to the family. He was a special uncle. I haven’t seen him in years. I remember him being very kind man. I would really like it if at some point family could meet somewhere sometime just to get together. I think it would be fun to do.

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