Roger William Umbenhower
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February 4, 1935 - October 10, 2013
Roger William Umbenhower Born February 4th, 1935 during The Great Depression in Wallace Nebraska to Cora Ellen and Frank Umbenhower. In the year of 1936 when Roger was one year old, they loaded up their few possessions into an old jalopy truck and headed for Oregon.
Roger attended Silverton High School and graduated in 1954 winning several accolades in football, basketball, and baseball. In February 1955 Roger enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served through February 1959.The same year, in 1955, he married Betty Hitt and together they raised 5 rambunctious boys.
In 1969 they moved from Portland to Hubbard and built a home on 7th street which housed the family of 7 and seemingly much of the neighborhood. During these years in Hubbard, Roger coached his boys in basketball, football, and especially baseball. Rarely did he ever miss a sporting event his boys participated in, regardless of distance.
Roger worked as a commercial welder for FMC, Canron, and Atlas Iron Works where he made iron trusses for several high rise buildings in Portland. He retired at the age of 62 after 30 years of welding.
Roger is survived by two sisters, Beverly Dennison and Judy Umbenhower, his five boys, Ron , Rob , Dave, Dan, and Tim, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday October 18th at 1:00 with an optional viewing from 12:00-1:00 at Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn, OR. A gravesite ceremony will follow the service at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Silverton. A celebration of life will be held at the Umbenhower's following the gravesite ceremony with food, beverages, and bon fire.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Roger's granddaughter Megan Umbenhower and her husband Jon, who is courageously fighting Kidney Cancer, to the "Jon Apgar Family Donation Fund" at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Cornwell Colonial Chapel
390 N 2nd St
Woodburn, OR 97071
Published in StatesmanJournal from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, 2013