Benjamin Ulstrom, of Mora, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 33 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Douglas Larson officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4-6 pm on Tuesday at the church.
Benjamin Paul Ulstrom, age 33, passed away February 28, 2014 in Mora, Minnesota.
Ben was born on May 20, 1980 to Paul Ulstrom and Kimberly (Krawiecki) Gonsales in Mora, Minnesota. As a young child Ben was a complete delight, and kept everyone on the run from the start. He attended school in Brooklyn Park, and graduated while spending his senior year in Richfield with his father Paul, his stepmother Andrea, and brother Jackson. He spent many weekends with his grandparents playing on the lake with his Jet Ski and jet boat. Ben also enjoyed riding his dirt bike while terrorizing the neighbors and occasionally entertaining the local law enforcement.
At the age of 18, Ben started Twin Cities DJs. He fulfilled his dream of having his own business, and becoming his own boss like his Grandpa Benji. He loved electronics and music. With his larger-than-life personality, booming voice, and charming smile, becoming a DJ was a natural fit for him. In 2004, after seeing a cool new toy on the internet, Ben quickly became a self-taught sign designer, and Sign Solutions was born.
In 2005, he bought the home next-door to his mom Kim, stepfather Jeff, and his younger sisters Jennifer, Claire, and Lydia. He had a great love of the outdoors, and living there was a source of great joy for Ben. He enjoyed activities such as hunting, cutting wood, and maintaining his yard. Ben took pride in his yard, and it was beautiful. His truck may have been a mess at times, but his lawn looked like it was part of a private golf course. Ben spent many fun evenings with friends and family doing things like listening to music, chatting, and laughing around a warm fire.
In 2009 Ben married his long time love Jamie Antonson. They were later divorced in 2012.
Ben was a general enthusiast. He enjoyed… everything! Supercross, snowboarding, boating, volleyball, softball, darts, fishing, bowling, shooting, waterskiing, golfing, cards, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, 4- Wheeling, and much, much more. If you were ever offered a “ride” with Ben, I hope you took it. It would have been one of the most exhilarating moments of your life.
Out of all of Ben’s qualities, the most notable one was his huge heart. We will miss his firm hugs and whiskery kisses forever. Ben had “big feelings”. He touched so many people’s lives. This young man could truly shine. It is hard to find a person that knew him who didn’t have a fond story about Ben.
Through his family and friends, Ben leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and adventure, as well as a beautiful silver Weimaraner. We would all be lucky to have a little more “Ben” in our hearts. He has truly enriched our lives, and we are honored to have been part of his short life.
Ben is survived by his father, Paul (Andrea) Ulstrom of Shakopee; mother, Kim (Jeff) Gonsales of Cedar; brother, Jackson Ulstrom of Shakopee; sisters, Jennifer (Mike) McGarry of Hanford, CA; Claire Gonsales and Lydia Gonsales of Cedar; grandparents, David and Shirley Ulstrom of Mora, Benji and Ginger Krawiecki of Mora, Gene and Shirley Gonsales of Marion, IA, and Alma Rollins of Minneapolis; former spouse, Jamie Ulstrom of Andover; also many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Doug Larson officiating. Music was provided by Alexia Santele-Fox, Betty Smith, and Paul Ulstrom. Honorary Urn Bearers were Jackson Ulstrom, Mark Antonson, Don Doty, Ty Graves, Bobby Granger, Patrick Rounds, Tim Butler, Mark Butler, Jon Arneson, Andy Browne, Michael McGarry, and Samuel Wellman. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com