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Caleb Ulrichs

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Caleb Ulrichs, age 18, of Nashua, IA, died Sunday, January 13, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Nashua Plainfield High School Gymnasium; 612 Greeley St, Nashua, IA 50658. Interment will be held in St. John’s United Church of Christ - Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Nashua with Lukas Bucknell, Dylan Downing, Drew Moine, Elizabeth Fisher, Abby Poppe, Gabe Ulrichs, Natalie Ulrichs, and Jacob Kukral serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Griffin Stoughton, Megan Martin, Faith Franzen, Maddi Moorman and the class of 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards the family for a memorial that will be dedicated in Caleb’s honor. The family has requested friends and family attending to bring a photo of yourself and Caleb for the family to keep and cherish. Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Nashua Plainfield High School Gymnasium. Visitation continues and hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Nashua Plainfield High School Gymnasium. Arrangements are with the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Nashua. Caleb Rilee Ulrichs was born October 14, 2000, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Jeff and Victoria (Shannon) Ulrichs. Caleb attended school at Nashua Plainfield where he would have graduated in spring of 2019. A passion for music was planted in Caleb at an early age. When Caleb entered middle school he was eager to join the band. He played the French Horn in several honor bands, pep band, and the Nashua - Plainfield High School marching band. Caleb loved being a Husky. He could be seen at nearly every school event either helping or participating. Caleb was proud to be a Husky and call his hometown, Nashua. He was the first male cheerleader for Nashua - Plainfield High School and was a member of the 2016 State Cheerleading Championship Team. Caleb was extremely agile and nimble. It was an impressive feat that he could do a back flip. Caleb was active in National Honor Society, was a Gold Star recipient, a member of the Family Career Community Leaders of America, Third Degree Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do, participated in Dorian and multiple honor bands, was on the Husky Leadership team and was honored by his peers being chosen the 2018 Homecoming King. Caleb loved planning social events whether it was a get together with friends or being a part of the Over the Dam Days Committee. From these experiences, Caleb aspired to become an Event Planner. Caleb was an amazing son, brother, friend and all around person. His contagious smile and fun loving personality will be missed by all. Caleb is survived by his parents, Jeff (Tori) Ulrichs of Nashua, IA; brother, Keegan Ulrichs of Nashua, IA; grandparents, Ron (Jenice) Ulrichs of Nashua, IA, Terry (Vonnie) Shannon of New Hampton, IA; great-grandmothers, Jeanette Ulrichs of Nashua, IA, Laura Koeff of Denver, IA; cousins, Natalie and Gabe Ulrichs of Dyersville, IA; Griffin Stoughton of Colorado Springs, CO; aunts & uncles, John (Jeanne) Ulrichs of Dyersville, IA, Gina (Grant) Stoughton of Colorado Springs, CO. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Paul (Fran) Shannon, James (Rosie) Kramer; paternal great-grandfathers, Delvin Koeff and Albert Ulrichs.

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  1. May God give you strength and courage in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy, Ron and Jeanne Fuerstenberg

  2. I have been following the journey of Caleb so so sorry for your loss cannot find the right words deepest sympathy

  3. Our deepest sympathy to all of Caleb’s family. Our hearts were saddened to hear this latest report. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength, comfort, and peace!

  4. I had the pleasure of meeting Caleb during the 3 years I worked as a substance abuse prevention specialist in Chickasaw County. Part of my position was to get students involved in preventing underage drinking and Caleb was one who volunteered, and was the only male. In the very short time I knew Caleb, it was obvious that he was passionate about helping his fellow classmates reach their full potential. Standing up against dangerous/unhealthy behavior was not a popular thing and he joined in as if there was no other option. He was a model of integrity and bravery and made the world a better place. Many will never come close achieving these attributes. His family has my deepest sympathies. God Bless.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of Caleb. There aren’t any words that I can think of to say except I am thinking and praying for all of you.

  6. Tori & Family, My deepest sympathy to you all. May the memories you have shared with Caleb comfort & bring you peace during this difficult time. Karen (Bill) Heit & Family

  7. There are no words. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. You are an amazing family and have been an inspiration to our family. The Ginbeys

  8. I am so sorry to hear about Caleb. I also have an 18 year old son. I cannot imagine what you are going through. May God wrap his arms around you and hold your family close. Praying for your family always.

  9. I just read this and my heart sunk. Everyone prayed so hard for him. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son and brother.

  10. Dear Jeff, Tori & Families. So many Prayers have United for Caleb. My heart pours out for you & your Families.

  11. There are no words to express how sorry we are. Sending our deepest sympathy to all of Caleb’s family. Gary, Terry & Courtney Ball

  12. Jeff, Tori, Keegan: Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Caleb. You are in our thoughts. Galen and Sandy

  13. My thoughts and prayers to all the family. Reading from the very first time till now about Caleb shows just how much of a loving caring special son, brother, friend he was to all. He is a special angel and was taken too soon. May god guide you thru this difficult time and in the days ahead. Kim Miller

  14. Words can’t begin to express how sorry we are for the loss of your beloved Caleb. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Prayers for your family and our deepest sympathy.

    “Words can’t wipe away your tears. Hugs won’t ease your pain. But hold on to your memories. Forever they’ll remain.”

    Jason and Kelly Winter

  16. You have my deepest sympathy to all of your family. So very sorry for your loss; hugs and prayers.
    -Shana Rae (Buss) Seastrand

  17. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May you find the strength knowing that love surrounds you and faith with guide you. Many hugs and prayers.
    Bill & Denise Sinnwell Family

  18. We do not know you. We have never met Caleb. Yet we have heard so many loving stories of your family from our friends and neighbors. Please know you are thought of and loved by all that know you and those of us who don’t. Praying for you Ulrich family. Bev and Al Goodknight

  19. Tori, Jeff, and Keegan, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you have some comfort through all the memories and things he left behind for you.

    To the family, friends, and strangers who followed this young man’s journey. Lean on Caleb’s abundance of passion, courage and toughness to continue Caleb’s dreams, visions, and purpose. Embrace each other and reach out knowing you are surrounded with the love and strength everyone has shown over the past months.

    Caleb, some may say you were called too soon, but it’s only the steps in your earthly journey that have ended. As God welcomes you with open arms, a spiritual journey only we can imagine begins. Embrace it, for it is here you will understand your eternal purpose.

    Rest In Peace

  20. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Caleb’s family. Keep all memories of Caleb close to your heart. He is now at peace and will suffer no more, and is wrapped in God’s arms for eternity. God bless all of you and may He watch over you at this difficult time. Love you all.

  21. The Ulrich family along with the Shannon and Kramer families, our sympathy goes out to you all. May Caleb Rest in Peace.

  22. Jeff, Tori and Keegan
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Caleb was truly an inspiration and will be missed.

    Mike & Deb Stastny

  23. Jeff, Tori, Keegan and Families. Our thoughts and prayers. So young. Not fair. If you need anything, let us know.

  24. Tori, Jeff & Keegan and the rest of Caleb’s family – you have gone through so much on this journey and have leaned on each other for support, made new friends, have cried and have laughed. You are an inspiration to many of us. We are all here for you in the upcoming days. Keep the wonderful things that you shared with Caleb throughout the years in your thoughts and talks. Sending you many hugs to help. <3 Steve & Deb Fangman

  25. We are at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort. Our deepest condolences.. Doug, Lisa, Chase, and Easton Betsinger

  26. Jeff, Tori & Keegan – Thinking of you during this difficult time! Prayers are being sent for everyone! Brian & Angie

  27. So sorry for your loss, I did not know Caleb but I know so many of his extended family and just wanted to let everyone know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Jeff, Tori, Keegan…It’s hard to find the words in these unbelievably sad times. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Caleb was so young, it’s hard to grasp “why”. I’m sure you know that there are many who want to help you get through this. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cindy & Ron North

  29. Our deepest sympathy to Caleb’s family. Keep the wonderful memories shared with Caleb throughout the years in your thoughts and talks. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength, comfort, and peace.
    Rest in Peace Caleb
    Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  30. Our prayers are with all of Caleb’s family. May God continue to fill you in your emptiness. Bill & Anne Nielsen

  31. Jeff, Tori, Keegan, Ron and Jenice – Sending prayers, hugs and love……..our hearts are breaking…
    May God bring you peace and comfort.

  32. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Celebrate Caleb as he soars high under the wings of God. Always BLESSINGS 💖 NEVER LOSSES (((HUGS))) Jim, Margo, Spencer and Irelynn Bodensteiner

  33. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

  34. Deepest sympathy to the Ulrich family. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  35. I am so sorry for your loss Tori and family. Caleb willbe missed by many who loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with youand your family

  36. Tori and Family,

    Know of my sincere sympathy and compassion for all you are going through at this sad time. May God walk with you in your journey of grief. I will be praying for all of you.

  37. We are very sorry for your loss. You all fought this as hard as you could. God be with you at this difficult time.

  38. Jeff, Tori, and families, We are so sorry for your loss. God’s blessings on you all.

    Diane & LeeRoy Reuscher

  39. Jeff, Tori & Keegan, We are so very sorry for your loss. Caleb was a wonderful young man. Always smiling and happy. Joey loved learning from him in TaeKwondo class. He always made sure to include Joey in things and to help him out with forms, etc. We LOVE this picture of our boys together! Great memories! Love and hugs to you, Brenda, Neil & Joey

  40. Jeff, Tori, and Keegan; I am so very sorry for your loss of Caleb. He was such an amazing young man who was very positive and encouraging to those around him. I pray that God wrap his arms around you and bring you peace. You are a strong family and know that Caleb is in God’s embrace and healthy. He is cheering his way in heaven. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers!!! Hang in there!!!

  41. I am very, very sorry to hear of your loss! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Cherish all the wonderful memories!

  42. Jeff, Tori, and Keegan, from our family to yours, we are so sorry for the loss of your amazing son and brother! Please know, we will continue to pray for you all through the coming days and weeks.

  43. We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Prayers and hugs Deb (Ptacek) Meyer❤️

  44. We remember Caleb’s assistance at a Quilt of Valor presentation. Like his picture, he was smiling, strong and ready to help. Know that he is as this, in heaven, whole, free, healthy and smiling in God’s presence. The huge outpouring is a testament to the great young man, Caleb. Praying for you all to have strength, peace and knowing that you will meet again. Deepest sympathy to you all. David and Terry Utterback

  45. Caleb was one of the sweetest, most polite young man I ever met. His smile was contagious. Sending prayers, hugs, and love to you all. An amazing young man gone to soon.

  46. Caleb was one of the sweetest, most polite young man I ever met. His smile was contagious. Sending prayers, hugs, and love to you all. An amazing young man gone to soon.

  47. So very sorry for your loss! Caleb was an amazing kid that left an impact everywhere he went! You are all in our continued thoughts and prayers.

    Brad, Andie, Drew & Rylie Olson

  48. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. May God comfort you in the days ahead as Romans 15:5 says he supplies comfort and endurance. My deepest sympathies to the family of Caleb.

  49. Jeff, Tori & Keegan. From Our Family To Yours, We Are So Very Sorry For The Loss Of Your Amazing Son & Brother. Caleb Was An Awesome Young Man Who Had A Postive & Encouraging Attitude To Those Around Him. He Had Such A Profound Impact On The Lives That He Touched. You Are A Very Strong Family & We Know That Caleb Is In God’s Hands Now & Suffering No More. God Bless Your Family In Days Ahead & Cherish The Memories Of Caleb! Cheer Loud & Fly High Caleb.. Gary & LuAnn Eggers–Kaylee, Dakota & Kassidy

  50. We loved Caleb, and I personally am honored to have gotten to know him. He was my friend since 7 grade, actually one of the first ones to say hi to me. He was an amazing person and I am honored to have been able to call him my friend. ~ Desiree Diane

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