The Utley Brothers community was saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Carl Yurich.
A friend to all, Carl was a giver. He was involved. Quick to smile. Quick to say hello. Always one to share a picture from his past, from his grandchildren or just a young friend. Carl was a lover of people and of life.
As a lifetime member of the Lions Club, Carl was always outselling the next guy to raise money for one of the Lion’s charities. As a veteran of WWII, Carl was proudly involved with his old mates in the Navy; making many annual reunions across the country. He loved his wife, Florence, with whom he had been married since 1945. Carl was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Carl joined our team at Utley Brothers in 1994. At the time, we were trying to attract new clients in a certain area of Metro-Detroit. Unfortunately for us, few of the potential clients were interested in working with us. They kept bringing up this guy named, Carl. These prospective clients who weren’t necessarily loyal to our competitor as much as they were loyal to their driver, Carl. They said if you hire Carl, we’ll start working with you. Finally one day we ran into Carl and began courting him like free-agent and eventually “signing” him at the age of 72. Within days, those prospective clients turned into customers. And for the next 15 years they have remained as customers to us and friends to Carl; often calling and checking on him when he was out with a sickness.
Once on board, then President of Utley Brothers, Bob Utley and Carl realized they served together 50 years earlier in the Pacific during WWII; Carl with the Navy and Bob with the Marines. During conversations over the next decade they realized they were active on the same islands in the Pacific, with Carl’s LST group delivering Bob’s 4th Marine Division to islands like Iwo Jima, Saipan and Tinian.
In the 15 years Carl worked with Utley Brothers, he became an important part of our company fabric; a father figure to some, a grandfather to others but a friend to all.
His place in our company and the local community will not soon be forgotten. He was after all, Carl.
Carl Yurich | November 8, 1922 – October 25, 2011