INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Roland O. Gumprecht, 88, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Friday Oct. 26. Roland was born May 31, 1919, in Helena to the late Frank O. and Mary Florence DeBree Gumprecht.
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He graduated from Montana State College in Chemical Engineering. While attending Montana State College, he met his future wife Dare, and they married just before he was shipped overseas for three years.
He served as a chemical warfare officer in the Army Air Corp during World War II and was stationed in Africa and Italy.
After returning from war, he attended graduate school at the University of Michigan where he earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
He and Dare moved to Richland, Wash., where they raised their three lively daughters and where he worked on several classified projects for the Department of Energy as a nuclear physicist. Later, Roland took a job transfer and worked for the Sargent and Lundy Engineering firm in Chicago, Ill.
Roland was a terrific dancer, and Dare often said she married him because he could dance.
He and Dare were founding members of the Prairie Shufflers Dancers in Richland. He also was the family champion bowler and badminton player! He was also not too bad at playing Canasta.
The first time he rode in an airplane, he flew the plane. Roland loved a good joke and was always a practical joker.
Roland and Dare were married 61 years before her passing in 2004.
Roland is survived by his daughters, Linda D. (Doug) Head, Virginia Gumprecht and Nancy K. (Stuart) Yeager; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald M. Gumprecht; and uncle, Jean DeBree.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Zionsville Ward, 10710 Shelborne Rd., Carmel, IN 46032, of which he was a member and High Priest. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center in Carmel.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 27, 2007