Harvey Anton Ulijohn
February 11, 1936 – May 29, 2018
Harvey Anton Ulijohn was born on February 11th, 1936 in Bozeman Montana, and passed away on May 29th, 2018 in Lincoln California.
He is survived by Karen, his devoted wife of 52 years, and their daughter Dawn Jensen, his son-in-law Dirk, his beloved grandchildren Claire and Cole, and his sister, Hilma Bloomsburg.
Originally, Harvey – enamored of the sea – intended to join the Navy but instead ended up with the 116th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Washington Air National Guard which was part of the 141st Air Defense Group, 25th Air Division of the 5th Air Force. He was transferred to the Air Force Reserve based in Denver to complete his service and earned a promotion to Staff Sergeant, but since he had so little time left was honorably discharged in 1962 as Airman First Class.
Harvey embodied the Rotary Motto of “service above self.” As a young man he served on the Advisory Board for Youth for Christ in the Pacific Northwest, and later as Fremont(Niles) Rotary President. As President of Lincoln Rotary (twice) he sponsored the inaugural Lincoln Wine Fest, and helped maintain the partnership with the Lincoln Community Garden. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor.
An avid Ham Radio operator, Harvey’s call sign was KD6LND. He joined the local amateur radio clubs in Fremont and in Lincoln, and combed the Bay Area flea markets to find his prized Hallicrafters receivers and constructed his own antennas, some of which worked better than others. He loved to build models – airplanes, helicopters, boats – and expanded this love to rebuild a 14’ boat and then a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine which he drove with pride in the Fremont Fourth of July Parade.
Professionally, Harvey had a storied career that took him from repairing typewriters to the cutting-edge world of computer technology, specifically data collection, storage, encryption and retrieval. Harvey was given the opportunity to go to London, England to set up European distribution channels for Tally Corporation products. From there, Harvey created his own Manufacturer’s Rep company – Pragma Associates - and an extensive network across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He met Karen in London, and together they spent 23 years living there and exploring Europe.
Harvey adored his wife Karen; nothing gave him greater pride or pleasure than listening to her sing or play the piano. He and Dawn spent countless hours in cold cathedrals while Karen performed Handel’s Messiah or Elgar’s Sea Pictures. He was her biggest fan. He treasured his daughter, Dawn, and honored her by calling her his friend as well as his kid. He taught her sarcasm and then bemoaned that the student had outstripped the master. He greatly admired and respected his son-in-law, Dirk, and was gratified to have someone who would have his back when Karen and Dawn would team up against him. He delighted in “Grampa Wednesdays” where he’d pick up Claire and Cole once a week and take them to parks and museums and every ice cream store within a 5 mile radius. They fondly reminisce about “whippawhompa sticks” and the Lion park and looking at construction site holes to figure out what they were building and how Grampa made every outing seem an adventure.
In his own words, “I have no regrets. I made the decisions I did for the reasons I did, and the end result has been a colorful, interesting, and wonderful life. I am extremely proud of what I accomplished on my own. I provided rather generously for my family, performed well for my employers, built a business of my own, gained a significant professional reputation, met hundreds of interesting people and did hundreds of interesting things. I have been in all 50 states, 36 countries, and circled the world. I’ve been to famous places and talked to famous people and had marvelous experiences in dozens of countries.” We will miss him with all our hearts for the rest of our lives, but we are grateful for the time we had with him and for all we learned from him. The world was richer for his presence in it.
A celebration of life will be held at Lincoln Hills Community Church, located on Joiner Parkway, on Saturday, June 16th at 2pm with a reception to follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lincoln Rotary Foundation ( https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3063 ).
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Harvey Anton Ulijohn
June 13, 2021
Harvey was best man at my wedding in Spokane WA. No finer man has graced the world. Harvey was selfless. The story was always about others.
Harveys life story was about honoring Karen and the gift from God of Dawn. By example Harvey wrote the book about family and enjoying life to its fullest. Music to this guy was the voice of Karen.
September 21, 2019
I worked for Harvey at a company called Tally, he was a perfect gentleman and I enjoyed being his secretary. My heart goes out to Karen x
June 11, 2018
Harvey always had a smile, a hug and something good to say. He and I didn’t always see eye to eye but I held him with the the deepest, loving respect. I often looked to him for the look, the funny comment or just the gentle smile. Rest In Peace Harvey Ulijohn, you were and are a master at “Service Above Self.”
June 11, 2018
We met Harvey when he joined the Niles(Fremont) Rotary Club over 30 years ago. During the 20 years Harvey and Karen lived in Fremont, a group of friends started to get together for coffee (Ulijohn, Highbaugh, Pantages, Parhiala) - all Rotarians - and called ourselves the "North Fremont Irregulars". This lead to many gourmet dinners and traveling together. Because we were such a talented singing group, songs were always part of the dessert, like "El Paso"!
Our travels took us to Yosemite, Monterey and wine country. One of the special events was the Bracebridge Dinner at Christmas in Yosemite.
Harvey was a very special person and will be missed by all who knew him.
Paul and Sue Parhiala
June 9, 2018
Harvey was my Man ! We joked about knowing important people, and every time he saw me, he would introduce me to someone holding office in the club or the City.
I got to say, I loved the guy, and will miss him.
June 7, 2018
We have so many fond memories of Harvey from his time in Fremont and in Niles Rotary - lots of good times! Loved Harvey's wit and sense of humor; in his Niles Rotary presidential articles he always used an arcane word that sent readers to the dictionary. His Niles Rotary demotion was hilarious - in the mode of the Yosemite Bracebridge dinner, and poking fun at Harvey's love of cheap wine, among other things. Harvey was a gift to our Rotary club and to our community and is missed. Our hearts and love go out to Karen and family.
Sandi & Dick Pantages