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Larry Robert Ulery, Jr., age 52, of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning of Saturday, May 25, 2019 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on May 2, 1967 to Larry Robert Ulery, Sr. of Peachtree City, Georgia and Marcia Stange Ulery of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Robert was the cherished husband of Twyla Fields-Ulery of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania for 23 years; and the deeply beloved father of Harrison Reed Robert Ulery, Laura Grace Wynelle Ulery, and Graham Robert Judge Ulery.
He is survived by his sister Janis Ulery Bunten of Jacksonville, Alabama; his nieces and nephews Sam, Emily, Joey, and Cate Bunten; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Payson and Lori Fields of Niangua, Missouri; his niece and nephew Joshua and Grace Fields; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jayson and Katy Fields of Kingston, Georgia; and his niece and nephews Spencer, Henry, and Frances Fields.
He is further survived by several aunts and uncles: Roger and Jean Ulery of Jacksonville, Florida; Carol Graham and the late Harry Graham of Kannapolis, North Carolina; Bobbi and Charlie Adcock of Jacksonville, Florida; Glenda and Dave Harris of Bluffton, South Carolina; and Debbie and Terry Knight of Jacksonville, Florida. Robert is also survived by several cousins.
Robert graduated from McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia in 1986, then earned his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating in the class of 1990. Robert began his career working for Shaw Industries as an industrial engineer. Robert held positions at several of the country’s leading third-party logistics firms including Exel Logistics, UPS, Ozburn Hessey Logistics, and Genco, Inc. Most recently, he held the role of Director of Solutions at Fortna, Inc. Robert maintained an active membership in the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) and served as a speaker at annual conferences and as a member of the executive board. During his career, Robert and his family lived in Columbus, Ohio; Milton Keynes, England; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and finally Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Robert was an avid road cyclist, covering the trails in Atlanta, Nashville, and Pittsburgh. He enjoyed coaching his children’s recreational basketball, flag football, and soccer teams. Robert served on the executive committee and as a Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 124. He also supported his children as a member of the Mt. Lebanon High School Band Builders and as a volunteer for the annual band festival. Robert was an enthusiastic fan of Formula One racing, never missing a Sunday grand prix (or a Saturday set of qualifying sessions) when he could help it. He drove a blue 1991 Mazda Miata for fun and as a track car, coordinating and hosting track days. He worked on cars with his father and grandfather in his youth, and he continued to maintain and enhance his Miata in his free time. Robert was a self-taught acoustic and electric guitarist, learning many of his favorites by ear.
Robert was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, most recently as a member of the congregation at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.
Throughout his life, Robert was a champion for others and a man of strong moral character. He valued honesty and integrity, encouraging all to treat others with respect and to always take a higher path. His determination led him to be a relentless problem solver, and his sharp wit brought life and humor to anyone with whom he crossed paths.
Please join us in celebrating the life of Rob Ulery on Sunday, June 2 at Christ United Methodist Church 44 Highland Road Bethel Park, PA 15102
There will be a memorial service in the sanctuary at 3:00 PM followed immediately by a reception for friends and family at 4:00 PM in the Community Square at Christ UMC.
To honor Robert, memorial donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org.
All are welcome to attend the service and reception.