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Obituary: Walter Martin Umbarger, Bargersville

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Walter Martin Umbarger

Walter Martin Umbarger, 92, of Bargersville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, with his family by his side.

Walter was born Dec. 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 was married more than 71 years ago on Jan. 18, 1942.

They had two sons, Roy Martin (Rowana) Umbarger and Thomas Dean (Vicky) Umbarger, both of Bargersville. Also surviving are two grandsons, Bradley Martin Umbarger and Jackson Martin (Carrie) Umbarger; and four great-grandchildren, Dustin, Emily, Carson and Kyndal.

He was a U.S. 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 at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, he graduated fifth out of a class of over 205 fellow sailors. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on Dec. 30, 1945.

After World War II, he returned to Bargersville and rejoined his father in running Roy Umbarger & Sons, 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 on 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, Veterans of Foreign Wars 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.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch, 1605 S. State Road 135. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Glenns Valley, Greenwood, with full military honors. A celebration of life will be held immediately following the graveside service at Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mount Auburn United Methodist Church building fund, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.

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