|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1897|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 1931|
Geoffrey Paul Umphrey was the youngest child born to Thomas J. Umphrey (1850-1925) and Mary Belle (Copeland) Umphrey (1858-1908).
His siblings were James Garland Umphrey (1878-1950), Dayton William Umphreys, who added an "s" to the family name (1881-1957), Eber Gaylord Umphrey (born 1884), Hazel Irene (Umphrey) Schwob (1887-1980), Willa A. (Umphrey) Wolfe (1892-1960), and Lorinda Fern "Loie" (Umphrey) Houtz (1895-1953).
Early in the 20th century, Geoffrey and his future wife, Maude Mae Walker (1897-1970), were both students at the one room schoolhouse known as Midway School, near Newport, Iowa. They were married October 14, 1916, at the Parsonage of the First M. E. Church in Wapello, the county seat of Louisa County, Iowa. They lived in several locations in eastern Iowa, including Crawfordsville in Washington County, Davenport in Scott County, and New London in Henry County.
Their marriage produced two girls and two boys. First born was Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde (1917-2012), followed by Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey (1920-1953). Thomas Samuel "Tom" (or "Tommy" as he was often known) was the first son (1922-1996), and their last child was Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey (Sr.) (1924-2007).
Geoffrey was living in New London, and working in West Burlington, Iowa at "the shops" for the CB&Q railroad, in 1931 when he needed an operation, which resulted in his death. He died at Memorial Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on March 9.
The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 2, March 11, 1931; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa:
G. P. Umphrey Dies Suddenly
New London Resident Dies Following Operation at Mt. Pleasant
Special to the Hawk-Eye
New London (IA), March 10 -- G. P. Umphrey, a resident of this community, passed away at the Memorial Hospital in Mt. Pleasant Monday evening at 9:45 (March 9, 1931) following an operation. He was the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary Umphrey and was born December 5, 1897, on a farm in Louisa county.
October 16, 1916, he was married to Miss Maude Mae Walker. For the past eight years Mr. Umphrey had been employed at the West Burlington shops and during his residence in New London has made many friends.
He is survived by his wife, four children, Thelma, Margretta, Thomas and Paul Eugene; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Schwob of Wapello, Mrs. Archie Wolfe of Morning Sun, Mrs. George Houtz of Burlington; three brothers, James and Eber Umphrey of Wapello, Dayton Umphrey of Independence, Missouri.
Short services will be held at 11 o'clock Thursday morning in the house followed by services at the M. E. church in Morning Sun Sunday at 2 p.m. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.
The Burlington Hawk-Eye, Page 3, March 11, 1931:
Morning Sun (IA), March 10. -- The following relatives from this vicinity were called to the hospital at Mt. Pleasant by the death of Geoffrey Umphrey of New London which occurred at 10:30 Monday night (March 9, 1931): Mrs. Archie Wolf and son, Atlee, and James Umphrey northwest of town, and Sam Walker and sons, Sammie and Clifford north of town. Mrs. Hazel Schwob of Wapello, a sister, also went over. Mr. Umphrey had passed thru a operation at the hospital last Friday.
The Burlington Hawk-Eye, Page 3, March 12, 1931:
Wapello (IA), March 11. -- Mrs. Henry Schwob and Mrs. Archie Wolfe and James Umphrey were called to Mt. Pleasant Monday by the critical illness of their brother, Geoffrey Umphrey, who passed away at the Memorial hospital Monday evening at 9:45 (March 9, 1931). Short services will be held at 11 a.m. at the home following which rites will be held at the M. E. church at Morning Sun. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 2, March 13, 1931:
G. P. UMPHREY FUNERAL HELD
Short Services Held at New London -- Interment Made At Morning Sun
Special To The Hawk-Eye.
New London (IA), March 12. -- Short funeral services for G. P. Umphrey were held from ihe family home on Pine Street Thursday morning at 11 (March 12, 1931), Reverend C. B. Rayhill, pastor of the M. E. church, officiated. The remains were then taken to Morning Sun, where services were held at the M. E. church at 2 o'clock. Interment in Elmwood cemetery.
An unknown southeast Iowa newspaper, likely The Wapello Republican:
Funeral services for G. P. Umphrey, a former resident of the Morning Sun vicinity, were held in the local Methodist church Thursday afternoon (March 12, 1931) upon the arrival of the funeral party from New London where short services had been held from the home.
The services were conducted by the Reverend W. G. Barr. A quartet, Miss Helen Jamison and Lowery Wilson with Miss Allen Hunt at the piano, sang "In the Sweet, Bye and Bye," and "Face to Face." The pallbearers were Orin Pierce, Francis Matson and Jack Ogden of Burlington, and Mike Bildenburg and Mr. McCleary of New London. Burial was in Elm Grove [sic: Elmwood] cemetery.
Among those from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John Frizzell, Mrs. Ella Frizzell and son Charles of Garden Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walker and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker, Crawfordsville; Mr. and Mrs. E. Moyers from north of Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. David Dotson and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dotson, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwob and daughter Mary, of Wapello, and a number of others from Burlington, New London and the Wapello vicinities.
The Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, March 19, 1931; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa:
Funeral of Geoffrey Umphrey
The funeral services of Geoffrey P. Umphrey, who passed away at Memorial hospital at Mt. Pleasant, March 9th, were held from the Methodist church in Morning Sun, Thursday afternoon last (March 12, 1931), conducted by Reverend W. G. Barr. The interment was at Elmwood cemetery. Relatives were present from Mt. Pleasant, New London, Burlington, Wapello and other near points.
Card of Thanks. -- We wish to thank the friends and others for their many expressions of sympathy and kindness during the sickness and at the death of the late G. P Umphrey.
Mrs. Geoffrey Umphrey and Family.
Iowa Marriage Records, Family Search:
Name: Geoffrey P. Umphrey; Event Date: 14 October 1916; Event Place: Louisa, Iowa; Age: 18; Father: Thomas J. Umphrey; Mother: Mary Copeland; Spouse: Maude M. Walker; Spouse's Age: 18; Spouse's Father: Samuel Walker; Spouse's Mother: Hattie Moyers; Film Number: 1870162; Digital Folder Number: 004322391; Image Number: 00731
Thomas J Umphrey (1850 - 1925)
Mary Belle Copeland Umphrey (1858 - 1908)
Maude Mae Walker Fortner (1897 - 1907)
Thelma Verlee Umphrey Bearde (1917 - 2012)*
Margretta Mae Umphrey Howey (1920 - 1953)*
Paul Eugene Umphrey (1924 - 2007)*
Created by: DW Brumm
Record added: Nov 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100257158