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Raymond Shorty Umbarger

Raymond "Shorty" Umbarger was born October 15, 1924 to Bishop Walter Umbarger and Letha (Poe) Umbarger in Fairfax, Missouri. In his younger years he enjoyed spending time with his horses on the farm. Shorty attended and graduated from the Irish Grove Country School in Fairfax, Missouri.

In 1945, Shorty was united in marriage to Helen Fern Rinehart. In 1951 Shorty and Helen moved to a farm near Mt. Ayr. They lived in Mt. Ayr until 1976, when they purchased a feed store in Syracuse, Nebraska. Shorty served as the mayor of Syracuse for many years. They owned and operated the feed store until they retired in 2008.

Shorty passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Clearview Home in Mt.Ayr. He was preceeded in death by his parents; three children, Diana Farrell, Michael Ray and Dawn Marie both in infancy; brother and sister in-law, B.W. (Marge) Umbarger. Left to cherish Shorty's memory is his wife, Helen of Mt. Ayr; son, David (Linda) Umbarger of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter, Patty (Mick) Still of Mt. Ayr; son in-law, Bill Farrell of Clarinda; brother, Bill (Marge) Umbarger of Fairfax, Missouri; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in his name.

  • Family Will Be Present

    April 30, 2016
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Memorial Service

    April 30, 2016
    11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday April 30 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Helen, and family:
our whole family express our sincere sympathy to you all, Ray was our friend and former feed dealer at Syracuse, when our family still was in the SPF Hog business, He and Helen were such good dancers and we enjoyed playing many a card game with them when they lived in Nebraska. He will be missed by our whole family and fondly remembered. Sincerely, Irma Kreifels and family.

Posted by irma kreifels - Dunbar,, NE - Friend   April 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Short''s passing. When I was growing up I looked up to Shorty and Bw. The Umbarger dinners were quite a treat. They could put more food on a plate and then cover it with whip cream.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My mother was Anna Umbarger.

Robert and Pat McCartneyNUnQgN

Posted by Robert L McCartney - Bella Vista, AR - Family   April 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dave, Patty, & family

There are so many fond memories of your Dad to pick and choose from to share but all are of him with his laughter, that infectious smile and the twinkle in his eyes. I adored him for his joys and admired him for his badge of courage he wore within his brave heart.

With sympathy and in love our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Connie and Dwayne

Posted by Connie Hall - ALTUS, 73521, OK - Family   April 27, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dave and Patti, Shorty . was a wonderful man, He was my 4-H leader.He told me a
couple years ago that we might not have learned a lot but we sure had a lot of fun.That is what life is all about. Sure have good memories

Posted by Raymond Hensley - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   April 27, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dave, Patty and Family Members -
Sorry to hear of your Dad''s passing. He was such a nice man. I remember his smile and great personality!

Posted by Vickie Butler Pierce - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   April 26, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ray was a great Mayor of Syracuse I worked for him 8 years ! He will be missed
Sending Prayers for the Family ! Julie Slafter

Posted by Julie Slafter - Syracuse, NE - Friend   April 26, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Julie and Family,

Sorry to hear about your Grandfather''s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Thinking of you.

Take care,
Joan Crum and Family

Posted by Joan Crum - Omaha, NE - Coworker   April 26, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Patty, Dave, and the rest of the Umbargers,

So many of us will feel the loss, having never known a world without Shorty in it.
To me he was the original "fun uncle" that every family needs to be complete.
We carry on and remember.


Posted by Bently Umbarger - CA - Family   April 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

From a Rinehart cousin--Enjoyed Shorty at the Rinehart gatherings. He had a good sense of humor and seemed to enjoy every minute. What a nice memory to leave. God''s blessing.

Posted by Mary Ury - Blythedale, MO - Family   April 24, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Shorty''s children and grandchildren,
I am one of Shorty''s Cousins. My mother, Carol Underwood and Shorty''s mother were sisters. Even so my mother (born in 1922) and Shorty were near the same age. I loved hearing the stories of their childhood and listening to them reminisce when they were together. No matter, if family reunion or just a drop by visit, there was always a lot of laughter when Shorty was around. You could always count on Shorty to bring a covered dish to a family dinner. The dish would be empty, but it would be covered. His infectious laugh, his love and concern will be so missed.

Posted by Virginia Vernon - Fairfax, MO - Family   April 24, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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