Dean Ulferts was born on December 7, 1969 to Daryl and Valoree Ulferts. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. In elementary and Junior High School he enjoyed playing BAA sports, especially soccer. High school was highlighted by marching band and concert band, going on trips to the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Florida Festival of States, and Mexico.
After graduation he went to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to pursue flying. Dean enjoyed the UND-Minnesota hockey rivalry and eventually pro hockey as well. While in college, he enlisted in the Air National Guard and was eventually activated for Desert Storm. After his release from Air National Guard Duty, he moved to Crestview, Florida. He was hired by a machining company and quickly learned to program the machines. While in Florida he became a NASCAR fan. He would have the stats on drivers and owners team.
From Florida, he moved back to Minnesota mainly to improved the types of machines he was working on. Dean did not like the long cold winters. When he reconnected with an old high school friend in South Carolina, he moved to Greenville, South Carolina. Shortly after his move he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He was placed on several different chemo treatments. Some would work for a while but never a remission. Dean was scheduled for another bone marrow transplant in December 2020, however, his doctor feared he would not be able to endure the treatment. He was placed on a different chemo treatment that did show some improvement, but his health declined rapidly.
Dean passed away February 6, 2021 in Easley, South Carolina. He is survived by his mother, Valoree Ulferts; nephews Dylan and Dawson Ulferts; niece Asia Ulferts; many friends and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Daryl Ulferts and brother, Darren Ulferts.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, and his great big bear hugs.
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