2011-04-07 / Obituaries

Harold Umlor

Harold Umlor, 83, Houghton Lake, died April 8, 2011, at his home with his family at his side.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at St. John Lutheran Church, with the Rev. William Winter officiating. Interment will be in Roscommon Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Umlor’s memory to St. John Lutheran Church. 

Mr. Umlor was born June 30, 1927, in East Jordan to the late Peter and Ellen (Nevin) Umlor. He served in the Navy during the final years of World War II.  He and the former Esther A. Penfold were united in marriage June 10, 1950, in Boyne City. His wife preceded him in death in 2004. The couple moved to Houghton Lake from Freeland more than 36 years ago.  

Mr. Umlor was a sales manager for Oven Fresh Bakery for many years. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. He was an avid golfer, Tigers and Lions fan and an excellent bridge player. He will be remembered as an excellent father who had a warm and gentle spirit which attracted young people to him for nurturing and advice. He enjoyed working with young people.  

Preceding him in death besides his wife, Esther, were his parents; sisters, Dorothy VanEpps and Ethel Smith; and brothers, Lester, Eugene and Carl.

Surviving Mr. Umlor are one son, Steve (Gretchen) Umlor of Colleyville, TX; two daughters, Sandra (Rick) VanAntwerp of Grand Rapids and Deborah Umlor of Grayling; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Gothro of East Jordan, Sue Agar of Ossineke, and Alice Schneeberger of Diamondale; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Marilyn Hammond.


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