Rev. Robert Dale Umphrey (1930 - 2018)

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Rev. R. Dale Umphrey passed on Feb. 22, 2018, at home in Anchorage, Alaska, after a long illness. He was born on Jan. 23, 1930, in Washburn, Maine, to Fred Forest and Annie (Fox) Umphrey. He graduated from Washburn schools and the University of Maine. After college, he managed a successful potato farming operation in Washburn.
Active in his church for many years, he changed careers in the early 1960s, becoming a minister with the Assemblies of God. Relocating to Fort Yukon, Alaska, he worked as pastor to the Gwitchin people serving Ft. Yukon and surrounding villages. While residing in Ft. Yukon he served under then-Mayor, Congressman Don Young as City Clerk and Treasurer.
Continuing his work in the ministry, Dale moved his family to Fairbanks, Alaska, and constructed a church for Native Alaskans, also supervising mission activities in villages across northern Alaska. During construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline he was employed by NC Caterpillar in Fairbanks as expediter, assisting construction companies across the state, in addition to serving his church full time.
Dale relocated to Palmer, Alaska, establishing and constructing Matanuska A/G Church and school. He was active in Kiwanis, other community activities and chaired the Board of Alaska Teen Challenge. He and his wife Mary established Shalom Books and Gifts in Wasilla, Alaska, which operated for many years. After retirement he moved to Anchorage where he was assistant pastor at Calvary A/G Church. During this time, he traveled extensively to Thailand, raising funds and constructing two orphanages and several churches. This grew into establishing an Asian ministry at Muldoon Christian Assembly in Anchorage where he continued to mentor. He also participated in missions and church construction in villages in Alaska as well as Chetah, Siberia, Russia.
Dale will be remembered for his good nature, love of family, friends and abiding faith in God. He never met a stranger or turned down a good cup of coffee.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his twin brothers, Arthur and Wilmot Umphrey; his brother, Philip; his older brother and best friend, Glen; and younger brother, Neil. He is survived by his wife, Mary Price Umphrey of Anchorage; son, Robert Umphrey and his wife Donna of Presque Isle, Maine; daughter, Vicki Jorgensen of Anchorage; two granddaughters, Esa Jorgensen and Kevin Croy of Seattle and Annie Umphrey Collins and husband Tyler of Bangor, Maine; and great-grandson, Duncan. Surviving are his sisters, June Pohl of Sun City, Fla., and Lois Nickerson of Dade City, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Myrtle Butterfield of Brewer, Maine, Patsy Jardine of Anchorage and Jane Umphrey of Shrewsbury, Mass.; in addition to numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Muldoon Community Assembly, 7041 DeBarr Road in Anchorage, at 12 p.m., followed by service at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Interment will be at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Services by Janssen Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missions Programs at Muldoon Community Assembly, 7041 DeBarr Road, Anchorage, AK 99504.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 27, 2018