R. Dale Umphrey

Jan 23, 1930 - Feb 22, 2018

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Anchorage, AK - Rev. R. Dale Umphrey passed on Feb. 22, 2018, at home in Anchorage, AK, after a long illness. He was born on January 23, 1930, in Washburn, Maine, to Fred Forest and Annie (Fox) Umphrey. He graduated from Washburn schools and the University of Maine. After college, he was a partner of Bud, Don, and Dale Farms of Washburn, an affiliate of Taterstate Frozen Foods and Aroostook Potato Growers.
Active in his church for many years, he changed careers in the early 1960s, becoming a minister with the Assemblies of God. Relocating to Fort Yukon, AK, he worked as pastor to the Gwitchin people serving Ft. Yukon and surrounding villages. While residing in Ft. Yukon he served under then Mayor, Congressman Don Young as City Clerk and Treasurer.
Continuing his work in the ministry, Dale moved his family to Fairbanks and constructed a church for Native Alaskans also supervising mission activities in villages across northern Alaska.
During construction of the Alaska pipeline he was employed by NC Caterpillar in Fairbanks as expediter, assisting construction companies across the state, in addition to serving his church full time.
Dale relocated to Palmer, establishing and constructing Matanuska A/G Church and school. He was active in Kiwanis, other community activities and Chaired the Board of Alaska Teen Challenge. He and his wife Mary established Shalom Books and Gifts in Wasilla which operated for many years. After retirement he moved to Anchorage where he was assistant pastor at Calvary A/G Church. During this time, he traveled extensively to Thailand, raising funds and constructing two orphanages and several churches. This grew into establishing an Asian ministry at Muldoon Christian Assembly in Anchorage where he continued to mentor. He also participated in missions and church construction in villages in Alaska as well as Chetah, Siberia, Russia.
Dale will be remembered for his good nature, love of family, friends and abiding faith in God. He never met a stranger or turned down a good cup of coffee.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his twin brothers, Arthur and Wilmot Umphrey, his brother, Philip, his older brother and best friend, Glen, and younger brother, Neil. He is survived by his wife, Mary Price Umphrey of Anchorage, son, Robert Umphrey and his wife, Donna, of Presque Isle, Maine, daughter, Vicki Jorgensen of Anchorage, two granddaughters, Esa Jorgensen and Kevin Croy of Seattle, and Annie Umphrey Collins and husband, Tyler, of Bangor, Maine, and great-grandson, Duncan. Surviving are his sisters, June Pohl of Sun City, Florida, and Lois Nickerson of Dade City, Florida, sisters-in-law Myrtle Butterfield of Brewer, Maine, Patsy Jardine of Anchorage, and Jane Umphrey of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, in addition to numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services at Muldoon Community Assembly in Anchorage, AK, on Wednesday, February 28. Interment at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
Donations in Dale's memory may be made to the Aroostook House of Comfort, P.O. Box 867, Presque Isle, ME 04769.
Published on  February 28, 2018
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