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WERC Mourns the Loss of Dedicated Member Robert Ulery

Monday, September 23, 2019   (0 Comments)

WERC recently learned of the passing of longtime member and organization supporter Larry Robert Ulery Jr. in May at age 52, after a two-year battle against pancreatic cancer. A WERC member since April 2013, Robert was a dedicated volunteer—serving on WERC’s Conference Committee and presenting at numerous Annual Conference events over the years.

After earning a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech), Robert began his career with Shaw Industries as an industrial engineer. He subsequently held positions at several of the country’s leading third-party logistics firms including Exel Logistics, UPS, Ozburn Hessey Logistics, and Genco, Inc.

His obituary noted, “Throughout his life, Robert was a champion for others and a man of strong moral character. He valued honesty and integrity, encouraging all to treat others with respect and to always take a higher path. His determination led him to be a relentless problem solver, and his sharp wit brought life and humor to anyone with whom he crossed paths.”

“Through his volunteer efforts on behalf of WERC, Robert supported the professional development of hundreds of our members,” said Michael Mikitka, WERC CEO. “Robert always served our organization with passion. He never approached WERC asking ‘how can WERC support me?’ Instead, he always asked, ‘how can I support WERC?’ Everyone throughout our organization—from staff to members—enjoyed working with him. He made a lasting impression on us all and is missed.”

Robert is survived by his wife Twyla Fields-Ulery, three children—Harrison, Laura, and Graham—and numerous friends and family members. WERC has made a donation in his honor to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

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