Richard Duane Umstead, the son of Sam and Nellie (McCutcheon) Umstead, was born on June 14, 1931, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Eagle Grove High School – where he was a wrestler – in 1949. Dick served in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed with the 97th Engineer Co. at Verdun, France with the refrigeration outfit, entering on May 23, 1952 and honorably discharged as Corporal on May 24, 1954.
On June 12, 1955, Dick was united in marriage with Delores Johnson, at the United Methodist Church in Eagle Grove, where they made their home together for 65 years. Many people and business’s will remember Dick as a painter – a very good and meticulous painter – who took great care and pride in his long-lasting paint jobs!! He also was a custodian and painter for the Eagle Grove School System, from 1961 to 1993.
Dick was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church in Eagle Grove. He was also a member of the Eagle Grove American Legion Post 304.
Dick enjoyed family vacations, fishing trips, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, putting the perfect finish on wood, reading and learning – especially about Geography. Dick is fondly remembered for his firm handshakes, knowing EVERYONE’S birthday, anniversaries, and enjoying time with his family. He will be greatly missed by everyone.
Dick passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the age of 89 years, at Rotary Senior Living. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy Umstead (Katherine), Robert Umstead (Rose), Paul Umstead (Maxine), Lyden Umstead and brother-in-law, Dale Zeigler; nephews, Larry Umstead and David Zeigler.
Survivors include his wife Delores; daughter, Diane Umthun (Steve) of Cedar Falls; son, Steve Umstead (Shelly) Humboldt; five grandchildren: Jennifer Weatherford (Eric), Brett Umthun (Megan), Kelsey Umthun, Jessica Harklau (Josh) and Jenna Kaufman (Dane); six great-grandchildren: Ava, Silas, Kyren, Brecken, Draven and Edison; sister, Maxine Zeigler of Garner; sister-in-law, Viola Umstead of Tucson, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Foust Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove.
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