Myron E. Ullman, 83

CINCINNATI – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at the Canfield Methodist Church for Myron E. Ullman, 83, formerly a longtime resident of Canfield, who passed away June 1, his 83rd birthday, at his residence.
He was born June 1, 1921 in Youngstown, a son of the late Helen S. and Myron E. Ullman.
A 1939 South High School graduate, Mr. Ullman enrolled in the Engineers College at Cornell University in 1939 and graduated from The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., in 1940. In October of 1942 he was inducted into the Army Corps of Engineers and attended the ASTP Program at Mississippi State University, prior to serving as a staff sergeant in Europe during WWII. Upon his discharge in January of 1946, he returned to Cornell with his wife, June Cunningham, formerly of Youngstown, and earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering the same year. He continued his studies at Cornell and earned his M.S. in engineering, industrial design in 1948 and was an instructor in accounting for the university’s Engineering College.
He and his wife returned to Youngstown in 1948, where he began his 50-year business career. Possessing a sharp and creative mind, he had a knack for finding practical design solutions to sometimes complex manufacturing problems. During the 1950s, he helped lead the dishwasher design team at the Youngstown Kitchens Division of Mullins Manufacturing. Many of his 10 patented designs are still in use on dishwashers today. Since that time, he had earned almost 40 other patents dealing with products as diverse as floor mats, boat trailers and bottle caps.
A 50-year Canfield resident, Mr. Ullman was active in many community and charitable endeavors. He served the village and city of Canfield for 17 years as the chairman of the Board of Public Affairs and of the Canfield Joint Recreation Board for six years. He was also a trustee of the Canfield United Methodist Church, the Mahoning County Correctional Board and the Oak Hill Cemetery Fund. In 1987, he was honored as Canfield’s “Man of the Year” by the Canfield Community Club.
Of his many civic endeavors, Rotary International was the one he loved the most. He joined the Canfield Rotary Club in 1963 and served the organization in many different capacities. In 1966, he initiated the Rotary Youth Exchange program with the Canfield Club and his family housed seven exchange students during the next decade. In addition to serving as the local club’s president from 1967 to 1968, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow and served as District Governor of District No. 665 from 1989 to 1990. In 2000, the Canfield Rotary Club named him its “Rotarian of the Century.” He was, however, most proud of his 37-year perfect attendance record, which began when he joined the club and ended when he and his wife moved to California.
Although he worked well into his 70s, he and his wife June spent much of the last 20 years traveling. The couple enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren, cruising with family and friends, as well as spending time at their cottage on Kahshe Lake in Ontario. Mr. Ullman also found great contentment at the bridge table, often playing three to four times a week.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, June C., of Cincinnati; seven children, Myron (Cathy) of Montrose, Colo., Carl (Kay) of Ridgefield, Conn., Chris (Paul) Stubbins of Cincinnati, Curtis (Paula) of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Gregory of West Chester, Gretchen (Mark) Tisone of Williamsburg, Va., and Deborah Shaw of Fairfield; 26 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Myron E. Ullman Educational Trust of the Canfield Rotary Club.
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