On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Jeffrey Leo Urlacher died suddenly of heart failure at the age of 63.
Jeff was born on April 21, 1955 in Bismarck, ND to Leo and Eleanor (Madler) Urlacher. He graduated from Senior High School in Billings in 1973 and worked beside his father Leo, learning the family business and working as an explosives engineer. After Leo’s retirement, Jeff took over as President of Precision Drilling and Blasting.
On Feb 14, 2004, he married his best friend and soulmate Eva Marie Cobetto.
Jeff and Eva brought out the adventurous spirit in each other, whether on his Harley, or their travels to foreign lands.
Jeff loved to fish, and one of his fondest memories was of an Urlacher boys trip to Alaska where he won bragging rights, not for the biggest fish, but for the brother with the strongest sea-legs. He also loved to hunt, whether it be for wild game or buried artifacts and arrowheads. Hiking, golf, and especially the Buffalo Bills were other favorite pass-times, as was evident on Sunday afternoons when he could be heard yelling at the TV while watching a football game. He was an avid reader and loved learning about history. He could be heard saying “Life’s too short to drink cheap whisky.”
Jeff had a passion for people, he was happiest when he was helping others. Family and friends were one and the same. Jeff’s extraordinary spirit and love of life will remain forever in the hearts of those he loved.
Jeff had a unique sense of humor and was known for his antics. He would deliver a joke with a straight face leaving you wondering if he was teasing or telling the truth. But when he did have something to say, Jeff didn’t waste words.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Leo. He is survived by his wife Eva, his mother Eleanor, brothers Mark, Scott and Joe, sisters Victoria, Tracy and Faye, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was deeply loved, and he loved deeply. Jeff will be missed but never forgotten.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at the Heights Family Funeral Home at 733 Wicks Lane at 11 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.