It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Neil Anton Urlacher, of Okotoks, AB. Neil passed away peacefully on August 7, 2023 at Foothills Country Hospice surrounded by family at the age of 86 years.
Neil was born on April 20, 1937 in Macklin, SK to Anton and Felicia Urlacher (nee Schmidt). Neil was the youngest of 15 children (six brothers and nine sisters). He grew up on the family farm near Denzil, SK.
In 1955, Neil went on to St. Thomas College in North Battleford where he played many sports. In 1959, Neil moved to Neilburg, Saskatchewan where he married Doris Wagner. They went on to raise 4 children while starting a successful gravel construction business. Neil played both hockey and baseball with the Neilburg Monarchs. Neil played 16 seasons with the Neilburg Monarchs in the North Saskatchewan Baseball League and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021. After his retirement from competitive sports, Neil gave back to his community by coaching many minor hockey teams in Neilburg. He also coached the Neilburg Monarchs senior men's hockey club for 4 seasons from 1989 to 1993 where they won back to back championships during this time.
Neil is survived by: his daughter, Cindy LeBlanc (husband Luc); son, Darwin Urlacher (wife Diahann and son’s Connor and Colby); son, Regan Urlacher; and son, Carson Urlacher (wife Simone and son’s Colton and Kiefer).
Neil is predeceased by: his wife, Doris Urlacher (nee Wagner); father, Anton Urlacher; and mother, Felicia Urlacher.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 29th at Neilburg Community Hall, Neilburg, SK at 11:00 AM.
Donations may be made to Neilburg Recreation Board, Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, Foothills Country Hospice or donor's charity of choice.
Neil's memorial card can be viewed or downloaded from the link below.