Ullstrom, Gene H. age 77 of Independence, MN. Born August 17, 1938, Lake of the Woods County, MN. Died May 16, 2016 at his home. Preceded in death by daughter Emily Ann Dau, and parents Ellen (Peterson) and Harold. Survived by wife Dolores; children: Joe (Sheila Monssen) and Susanne (Joe Tabery), five grandchildren, and siblings: John, Bill, and Dan and Mary. Gene graduated from Baudette High School 1958, University of MN, 1966 with a B.S. in Ag. Engineering. Served in the US Army 1962 – 1964. Gene endured late distal hereditary myopathy, a lifelong disabling disease. In spite of increasing limitations he remained peaceful, optimistic, patient and kind. His sense of humor never failed him. Rako, MN was Gene’s first home and remained close to his heart. Gene loved to tell stores, especially about his youth growing up in a northern, rural area. He was at home in the woods and during his lifetime planted thousands of trees. Gene never lost his faith in a loving, merciful God who sustained him to the end. Many people helped Dolores care for Gene over the years. We cannot thank them enough. Special thanks to Mary Hannus, Khongkham (Kay) Saengphachan, and the guys in the card club. Ridgeview Hospice provided helpful and kind support for 8 months. God bless you all. Memorial Service 11:00 AM Tuesday May with visitation 1 hour prior to service, all at Catholic Church of St. George, 133 N. Brown Rd. Long Lake. Plant a tree in Gene’s memory, or send memorials to Lake of the Woods Historical Society or Minnesota Conservation Volunteer in Gene’s memory. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Forest Lake, MN.