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Herman E. Ulsh

August 13, 1934 — March 13, 2024

formerly of Lykens, PA


Herman Eugene Ulsh, formerly of Lykens, PA, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed member of the musical community, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2024, at the age of 89, in Leesport, PA. 

Herman was born in Reinerton, PA, and was the son of the late Leah (Cooper) Scheib and Harold V. Ulsh. Herman's journey through life was underscored by his unwavering passion for music, which earned him the honor of playing clarinet in the PA All-State Band during high school. 

Following his graduation from Lykens High School, Herman served from 1952 to 1956 as a member of the United States Air Force Band. Throughout his life and into his eighties, Herman lent his musical talents on clarinet and saxophone to various bands, including the Lykens Liberty Hose Company Band, Die Froehliche Wanderer German Band, and the Pine Grove Community Band. He was a co-founder of the After Hours Big Band. He sang in the choir of the Lykens United Methodist Church. Herman was known for his sense of humor and masterful joke-telling abilities. He played a pivotal role in founding the Lykens Minstrel Association, showcasing his versatility in music and comedy sketches. 

His greatest love story was the one he shared with Kathryn (Hoffman) Ulsh, his wife of 66 years. Their bond was unbreakable, strengthened by their mutual affection, shared interests, and love of family. 

Professionally, Herman helped to manage the family business, the Lykens Valley Shop N Play. He took great pride in the quality of their homemade foods and meats, which were enjoyed throughout the valley. He was an avid Penn State football fan, the alma mater of all his children, several grandchildren, and a sister. 

Herman's legacy lives on through his cherished family: his wife, Kathryn (Hoffman) of Leesport; his loving children, Laurie K. McCloskey, wife of George of Sinking Spring, Steven E. Ulsh, companion of Ladonna of Elizabethville, Daniel R. Ulsh, husband of Patti of Wiconisco, Timothy D. Ulsh, husband of Bernis of Elizabethtown, and Michael D. Ulsh, husband of Christine of Fleetwood; grandchildren, Michael, Nathan, Matthew, Madison, Nathaniel, Rebecca, Rachel, Hannah, Vivian, Carolyn, Julia, and Wyatt; a great-grandson, Jonah; and his sister, Jane Branchick. He is predeceased by his sister, Betty Wonica.  

Herman will be deeply missed, but his melodies will continue to echo in the hearts of all who knew him, a testament to a life lived with passion and purpose. The family will hold a celebration of Herman's life at a later date. Private interment will take place at Calvary Cemetary, Wiconisco. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Reading Musical Foundation or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at  

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