BENJAMIN ULSTROM

B. Ulstrom webphotoBenjamin 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

21 guestbook entries for BENJAMIN ULSTROM

  1. Kristen Lindblom March 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Much love from the Lindblom’s. May love over shadow your pain and may you feel Ben’s spirit surrounding you with each breath you take. Our love, Barb, John and Kris Lindblom

  2. Rhonda Olson March 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Benji and Ginger, Tom and I were just shocked to hear the news about you Grandson. We met him last fall when we picked apples. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Remember all the good times with him. Rhonda and Tom Olson

  3. Marc & Marilee Jensen March 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. May you find peace and strength in the memories you hold dear in your hearts.

  4. Sue and Tony March 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    We have so many good memories in our lives as a couple and with friends and family, we can’t tell you how much a part of those good memories Ben has been and will always be. We will never stop missing him, we will always think of him as an outstanding person and friend. Thanks for the memories Ben. We pray God comforts you, his family, in this sorrow of an irreplaceable, amazing person.

    Tony and Sue Hallin

  5. Tippy Sullwold March 3, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Ben was an incredible person with those infectious dimples and smile he would flash. I remember meeting Kim and Ben at Anoka Ramsey when he was just 4 years old or so. All the sports teams knew who Ben was and all ” Loved that kid.” I will always remember Ben and what an uplifting wonderful person he was. Benji, Ginger, Kim, and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tippy, Mike, Seth, and Julia.

  6. Merlin and Marilyn Smith March 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    We did not know Ben but he sounds like someone I would have loved to have known. We know his Grandparents Benji and Ginger and David and Shirley.. I can’t imagine how horrible this loss is to the whole family. We are so sorry you have to go through this and i know there is nothing we can say to make it easier,.but please know that everyone is praying for your families to find some kind of comfort as you go through this sad journey. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Merlin and Marilyn Smith

  7. Donna Doty March 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I was very shocked to hear about Ben.
    I had just met him this past summer at a BBQ @ Benji and Ginger’s They had graciously invited my son Dylan to their home for swimming and fun while he was with his uncle Don Doty. I remember Ben had the lawn mower sitting there and getting rocks out of the yard. Everyone was so nice to us. I know why Don likes you all so much. God bless everyone through these difficult times. Ben is now one of Gods DJ’S. I know he is entertaining everyone up in heaven. Thoughts and prayers to you Donna Doty and Dylan.

  8. Mona & Ron Kramer March 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Kim, Jeff, and family and Benji and Ginger; our hearts are heavy with the pain we feel for your loss. Ben was one of a kind and there is no one that would light up the room like he did! We hope that you are comforted by the many pictures, messages, and memories that are shared with you by those that shared your love of Ben. Hold on to your memories and know that you will be together again. Mona and Ron Kramer

  9. JUDI Longworth March 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Kim and Jeff, Ginger and Benji and families,
    I was so sorry to hear about Ben. Obviously I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him,but as I know your families I know he was deeply loved. Please accept my condolences and prayers . I know you will always cherish the memories.
    JUDI

  10. David & Christy Fischer and family March 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    What a wonderful summary of Ben’s life. He was such a special guy, who always was very kind and warm to our family. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Although you are apart, we know that Ben will forever live in your heart.

    With all our love, the Fischers

  11. Kris Elliot March 4, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Kim, Jeff, Jenny, Claire and Lydia

    Ben’s upbeat fun personality was contagious and made everyone smile!
    I too remember Ben while attending Anoka Ramsey. Where there was Kim, there was Ben right by her side! We have so many great memories! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

    Kris, John, Katie, and Jeff

  12. Jim Abbas March 4, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Jim, Kelly, Maddy and Sammy.

  13. Cecilia Trcka March 4, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I am still in shocked by this sad news and reading this beautiful summary bring back memories of the times I get to know Ben.He was always happy and full of energy and I really admire his personality.He will be missed but he will always be in our hearts.My sincere sympathy goes to everyone in the family.

  14. Jolayne March 4, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Ben is a person we have and will think of often. I did take a ride with him! 4 wheeling at Ginger and Benji’s. Returned absolutely cover in mud. I remember when he and Don slid a row boat across the ice. Phil had to slide out on oars to toss them a roap. Claire said “Look! the Plumber the Lawyer and the DJ.” So many memories. Regarding Ben’s family, if I had to sum them up in one word I would say strong. Stay strong knowing that the world is a better place because of Ben.

  15. Jesse Janson March 4, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Ben, but he sounds like a fun and outgoing guy. If he was anything like his father, I could definitely see why he touched so many people. My deepest sympathies to his family. May God bless them and help them through this difficult time.

    “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind you when you go”
    -Randy Travis

    It sounds like Ben left a life full of great memories and family that loved him greatly.

  16. Gwen Scheibe March 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    My daughter and I have known Ben for many years. He played softball with us for a time and was full of life and laughter. He was the DJ at my wedding and a year later was the DJ at my daughter’s wedding. He could light up a room just by being in it and always could make me smile. It is a shame that we will no longer have him in our lives. Our prayers are with his entire family at this time.

  17. Mark and Diane Anway March 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Ben was indeed a special man. I’ve known him for just only a few years and will miss his contagious smile and incredible voice. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends at this sad time.
    Diane and Mark Anway

  18. Kathy Longworth Case March 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Kim Jeff and Family
    I am so sorry. Ben must have been very special the smile is wonderful…Keep the good locked in your heart…I will keep the whole family in my prayers.

    Kathy Longworth Case

  19. Pam Ziemann March 6, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    As I write this, I still cannot believe Ben is gone. He always had a smile on his face and greeted me with a hug whenever I saw him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My family & I send our condolences.
    Scott, Pam, Danny and Kimberly Ziemann

  20. Jessica view March 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I knew Ben in college, we met in 1999 at a party he was DJing. He had one the brightest smiles and was a lovable guy. He was always laughing and making me laugh! I cant believe he is gone. I’m so very sorry for your loss, way too soon. Peace be with you and with Ben. His smile will live on my memories forever.

  21. Ted and Lisa Troan April 22, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    I just now learned of Benjamin’s death. Please accept our deepest condolances for your loss. My husband Ted worked with Dave Ulstrom. Although we did not know Benjamin personally, we know Dave and Shirley, and we know how much this affects an entire family and community. Our sympathies to your family at this very sad time. The Bible’s promise of a time when we can see our loved ones again, is sure, and is one that helps us through difficult times like this. John 5:28, 29

    We are thinking of your family at this time.

    Ted and Lisa Troan
    Puerto Morelos, Mexico (formerly from Mora)

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