Walter Martin Umbarger
92, of Bargersville, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014 with his family by his side. Walter was born on December 16, 1921 in Stones Crossing, Johnson County, a son of Roy L. and Cecile K. (Thompson) Umbarger. He was a lifelong resident of Johnson County. He graduated from Whiteland High School Class of 1941 and was Class President.
Walter is survived by his wife, Marjorie J. (Jackie) Umbarger, to whom he married over 71 years ago on January 18, 1942. They had two sons, Roy Martin Umbarger (Rowana) and Thomas Dean Umbarger (Vicky) both couples reside in Bargersville. Also surviving are two grandsons, Bradley Martin Umbarger and Jackson Martin Umbarger (Carrie) and four great grandchildren, Dustin, Emily, Carson, and Kyndal.
He was a Navy Combat Veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater. His ship, the USS Lowndes, a troop transport ship, was part of the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a seaman 2nd Class radio telegraph operator (Morse-code). During his Navy communication training at Northwestern University, Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago, Illinois, he graduated 5th out of a class of over 205 fellow sailors. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on December 30, 1945. After WW II he returned to Bargersville and rejoined his father in running Roy Umbarger & Son, a family agricultural business expanding into grain, fertilizer, farm chemicals, and seed business. The company will celebrate its 75th anniversary of business this year.
He was also active in his local community, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Bargersville Building & Loan and First Community Bank and Trust for many years located in Bargersville. He served for many years in the Bargersville Zoning and Appeals Boards. He was a member and past Master (1954) of the Bargersville Masonic Lodge No. 679, The Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and Johnson County Shrine Club. He was a longtime member of American Legion, V.F.W. and Indiana Grain and Feed Association. Walter and his wife Marjorie (Jackie) were lifelong members of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church located in Stones Crossing.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 13 in G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch, 1605 S. State Road 135 and from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home. A Masonic Memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14 at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, with full military honors.
A celebration of life will be held immediately following the gravesite service at Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Mount Auburn United Methodist Church Building Fund at 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at: http://www.ghherrmann.com