Arlie and Sylva Umphrey celebrated 70 years of marriage in June 2012 with a barbecue at their son and daughter-in-laws home in Greenwood, Ind.
They were engaged in 1940, and Arlie enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941. While he was home on leave in June 1942, they were married in Boise, Idaho.
Arlie was discharged from the Marines in 1945, and the couple moved to La Grande, where he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and in logging. In September 1964 the Umphreys moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, where Arlie first worked in road construction and logging, and in 1973 went to work for the Ketchikan School District as a custodian. Sylva joined him as a custodian in 1975, and they retired from the school district in 1988.
The Umphreys moved to Hermiston, and then returned to La Grande in 2000, where they lived for 10 years. In 2010 they moved to Greenwood, Ind., to be near their son Butch and his wife Trudy.
Arlie and Sylva have six children: Arla Gordanier of Ketchikan, Alaska, Harry (Butch) Umphrey of Greenwood, Ind., Michael Umphrey of London, Ontario, Canada, Lynn Umphrey of Shelton, Wash., Betty McKelvy of Ketchikan, and John Umphrey of South Dakota. They also have 13 grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and three great-great-stepgrandchildren.
The Umphreys would love to hear from family and friends at their home at 1004 Sierra Madre Drive No. B, Greenwood, IN 46143.