Wayne was born in Earlton on Nov. 24, 1918, the son of Winnie G. and Flossie Miller Umbarger. He graduated from Thayer High School in 1936, Chanute Junior College in 1940, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in 1948.
Wayne worked at Beech Aircraft in Wichita until being drafted into the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Wayne was united in marriage to Betty O’Dell Braden on March 21, 1942 at the First Methodist Church in Chanute. She preceded in him death on Feb. 15, 2002.
After his discharge from the Navy Wayne worked at the First National Bank in Chanute for 11 years, then at the Bank of Commerce, retiring as Executive Vice President after 38 years of dedicated service.
Wayne also served as treasurer of the City of Chanute. He was also treasurer of the Chanute School Board for years and served as the first President, with three consecutive terms as President, of the NCCC Endowment Foundation, which he helped form. He was the recipient of the NCCC Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Chanute, a lifetime member of the Cecil J. Meeker Post 1654, V.F.W. and the Masonic Lodge #103 in Chanute.
Besides his dedication to his job and community, Wayne enjoyed playing golf and fishing.
Wayne is survived by a son, Donald Umbarger and his wife, Bonnie, Chanute; a daughter, Carol Glidewell and her husband, Glen, Sedalia, Mo.; grandchildren, Scott A. Muths, Shane Muths, Eric Glidewell, Doug Umbarger, Rebecca Morgan, and Marc Umbarger; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Irvin Umbarger and his wife, Bernice, Thayer, and Gerald Umbarger and his wife, Eleanor, Chanute.
Along with his wife Betty, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Fern, and brothers, Vernie, Raymond, Leo, Myrle and Chester.
Funeral was 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at the First Christian Church in Chanute. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family received friends Monday 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church.
Memorials in his name may be made to the First Christian Church or Horizon Hospice and may be left with the funeral home.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.PenwellGabelChanute.com.