He passed away on Thursday, Dec.
1, 2011, after a brief illness.
His family, especially Anne, his
wife of 60 years, were the great loves of his life. He is survived by Anne; four
children, Edward and wife, Lisa, Meriwether and husband, Glenn Palmer, Margie
and partner, Mark Walker, Daniel and wife, Tammy Matz; seven grandchildren,
Katie, Meriwether and Emily Millner, Lia and Callie Palmer, Justin Umscheid and
partner, Laura Germano, and Billie Anne Umscheid; one great-grandchild, Emma
Quinn Umscheid; a sister, Essie Dresser; as well as many nieces and nephews and
Secondary loves included biking, writing, kayaking, walking, swimming, painting,
learning to play the piano, cross-stitching, knitting, and spending time in
Bavon with friends and dog, Timmy.
He was an active member of the community. He served as President of the Newport
News Bar Association and was a leader in the movement to integrate the Bar. He
was a member and President of the Board of Trustees for Hampton Roads Academy
and Secretary of the Board of Visitors for Christopher Newport University. He
was serving as a Commissioner on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel
Commission. He served as a Substitute Judge for the General District Courts and
as the Vice-Mayor of the City. He was a catalyst in the development of Oyster
Point and downtown Newport News. As a member of the James River Country Club, he
encouraged membership to individuals of all races and religions and was proud
that these are no longer issues. The Virginia Conference for Community Justice
recognized him with the 2007 Humanitarian Award.
The family will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the
Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg. A
reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
The family requests that donations be given to the Williamsburg Community
Chapel; or the Lackey Free Clinic, 1620 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown, in lieu
of flowers. View and post condolences
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