Jack Gulick May 13, 1945 - November 16, 2022
Last updated 11/29/2022 at Noon
Our beloved father, husband, and friend, Jack Gulick, passed away on November 16, after a courageous battle against several illnesses over the past several years. Jack passed peacefully at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, surrounded by his many loved ones.
Jack was born in Portland on May 13, 1945, to parents Willora (Nelson) and Joseph Kassebaum. After his father’s death in the Pacific Theater in World War II, Jack’s mom remarried George Gulick and they started a new adventure together building a new family with his brother and sister, Frances (Randall) and Jim Gulick (deceased).
After graduating high school in 1963, and always a bit restless, Jack went off to college at University of Oregon, but due to illness had to disenroll. Being the courageous man he was, he then joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1966, and served as an avionics technician until his honorable discharge in November 1971.During that time, Jack married M. Elizabeth Allen in 1966, and the two brought into the world Jack’s first son, Stephen, in 1967. Jack remarried in 1975 to Laura (Roney) Gulick, and continued his family with the births of his next two sons, Mark (1976) and Christopher (1978).
Laura and Jack enjoyed an amazing life together for 47 years! They created many wonderful memories in various locations: Los Angeles; Redding, California; Chicago; Fairfield, California; Chico, California, and most recently Sisters. Jack is survived by his wife, Laura; three sons, Stephen, Mark, and Chris; six grandchildren: Katie, Zack, Austin, Faith, Joe, and Vivian; and one great-grandchild, Sophie; along with his sister, Frances, and her family.
Following his military service Jack led a successful professional life using his generous and friendly nature to successfully manage sales teams across the Unites States for Cannon Office Automation and Panasonic Office Systems, until finally retiring from his career as regional sales manager for NEC Office Systems.
Jack loved the outdoors, and spent countless days camping, hunting, fishing, and numerous activities with his family, including many trips with his close friend and brother-in-law, Randy Randall. Many grand (and hilarious) stories begin with, “One time when I was with Randy…” Jack also enjoyed a host of other hobbies, including flying as a private pilot, wood working, and many different sports such as golf, tennis, and racquetball.
Following Jack’s cremation, the family is planning to have a small private ceremony after the New Year, adhering to Jack’s desire to have his ashes spread in the wilderness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a charitable donation to the National Park Foundation, or your favorite wildlife organization.