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UMBACH, Kenneth Edward

October 17, 1954 – Lamont, Alberta
June 29, 2018 – Cascade Mountains, British Columbia

Ken Umbach, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and son, has taken his “final flight” alongside his good friend, Dr. Terry Stewart. Ken was a proud Calgarian, where he built a career as an accomplished geophysicist that took him around the world. Ken’s lifelong interest in airplanes reached new heights when he received his pilot’s license and acquired a Cessna 182. Flying was a thrill but the benefit he cherished most was the flying community and friends who became like family to him.

Ken often reminded those he loved that “family is everything”. His family is grateful for memories that will be forever cherished – memories full of Grandpa Ken’s laughter, jokes and his many interests and hobbies that he shared with us, such as astronomy, fishing, boating, computers, cooking, baking and all things science.

Ken will be dearly missed by his children Christy Jansma (Tony), Sandy Davis (Alan), and Lee Umbach (Tina); ten grandchildren; his mother Ericka Umbach and siblings Deborah Markowich (Brad), Allan Umbach (Brenda), and Kevin Umbach (Joanne), along with his nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his large extended family and the mother of his children, Elaine Czyz. Ken was predeceased by his father, Edward Umbach.

Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made directly to Hope Volunteer Search and Rescue Group (P.O. Box 1335 Hope, BC V0X 1L0; https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/hope-search-rescue-group/ or to your local search and rescue organization.

In living memory of Ken Umbach, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Geoff Connerton :

    To the family and friends of Ken Umbach: Rarely in my years have I met such an exceptional human being and all-round nice guy as Ken Umbach. Janet and I are still in shock and disbelief that this tragedy has occurred. There wasn’t a second when I was in his company whether it be boating, flying, dining or preparing a feast on the boat, that we weren’t joking, laughing and enjoying life. His sparkling wit, kind nature, technical competence and knowledge were a shining example of how people should live, treat others and strive to achieve greatness. We’ll miss you Ken. You’ve left a huge hole in my heart, and I’m sure, in the hearts of many, many more. God’s speed my dear friend!

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  2. Dory Glaser Watson :

    Our sincere condolences to you all. May it comfort you that we share in your grief. Ken was our friend and fellow “Ail Sailor”.
    Dr. Neil Watson and Mrs. Dory Glaser Watson on SV Bella Maria.

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  3. Greg and Rachel :

    Hello to the extended family that I never met. My name is Greg Bullock. We are two of the co owners of the illustrious BFB docked in Nanaimo. Rachel and I would like to extend our condolences to you all. Ken was a wonderful man, his presence will be really missed. I am comforted that he left this world doing what he thoroughly enjoyed. We had hoped to meet more of the family as time went on. He was a proficient Captain, and I know he was so looking forward to many more trips with his kids out to BC exploring our coast. I am sorry we are unable to come out to the service but we send our love via the air waves.

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  4. Mike Kosten :

    Ken will be missed by friends in our sailing community. Just a few weeks ago we all enjoyed Ken’s company on the Ail Sail’s 44th Voyage On BC’s Sunshine Coast. As the Commodore of Ail Sail, I know I will echo the thoughts of so many, who are shocked and saddened at the news of Ken’s untimely death. We will remember Ken as a friend with a beaming smile and a good heart. Rest in Peace, Friend.

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  5. Boris and Dianna Ganchev :

    Dear Lee, Christie and Sandy,
    Dianna and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my best friend, Ken, and Terry. As you know, we travelled extensively crisscrossing the continent and spent many weeks annually together in Mesa. One of the bedrooms was affectionately known as Ken’s room.
    Ken was a remarkable man who was deeply committed to his family and friends. We treasured his friendship and he will be missed by his professional colleagues and all the friends in his flying community, but especially by you and all the grandchildren who he was devoted to. Please feel free to let us know if we can be of any assistance at this difficult time.
    Boris and Dianna

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  6. Boris & Dianna Ganchev :

    Dear Lee, Christy and Sandy,
    Dianna and I are still in shock at the tragic passing of my best friend, Ken, and Terry Stewart. As you know, along with Scott, we crisscrossed the continent in our planes and we spent many weeks together every year in Mesa. One of the bedrooms was affectionately dubbed “Ken’s room”. Ken was deeply devoted to his family, especially the grandchildren, and very proud
    of all of you.
    Ken was highly respected by his professional colleagues and made many friends in the flying fraternity. He was a wonderful and loyal friend and will be sorely missed by all of us.
    If there is anything we can do to help at this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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  7. Dennis Hilkewich :

    Dear Umbach family, I am truly shocked to hear of Ken’s untimely death. Many years ago I worked closely with Ken in both Houston and Jakarta. He was a great friend that I was hoping to meet up with on one of my drives through Calgary. My sincere condolences on your loss and may you be blessed with strength and peace during this difficult time.

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  8. Paul VanderHooft :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss Christy, Tony and family. May you be granted peace as you recall many cherished memories.

    Sincerest condolences,
    Paul & Kelly Vanderhooft and family

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  9. Berny & Jan Rieckhoff and family :

    Dear Elaine, Sandy, Christie, and Lee,

    Jan and I were truly shocked to see Ken in the news. We always enjoyed his and your company when we lived closer together, and meant to visit the next time we passed through Calgary. I remember Ken as one of the good guys, the world was a better place with him in it. We are very sorry for your loss.

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  10. Faye Hilkewich :

    Umbach family,So very sorry to hear about Ken. Knew you all in the Houston/Jakarta days.He always had the biggest genuine smile.Take care.

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  11. Faye Hilkewich :

    Umbach family,So sorry to hear about Ken. I knew you all in the Houston/Jakarta days. He had the biggest genuine smile of anyone. Take care.

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  12. John and Sherry Hull :

    Dear Family, we are very saddened to learn of Ken’s passing.
    Even though our paths have diverged in the last years we will remember him as a friend and fine person. We pray that Gods grace will provide you with comfort through this difficult time.

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  13. Sheryl McNamara :

    Christy, Sandy, Lee and Elaine
    I am praying for peace, comfort and strength for all of you at this very sad time, as I reflect on happy memories of our shared past.
    I enjoyed chatting with Ken recently at Chinook when he enthusiastically told me how much he was enjoying spending time with his grandchildren, as well as flying.
    Unfortunately I am unable to attend the service as I will be out of town but I will be thinking of you.

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  14. Sheryl McNamara :

    Christy, Sandy, Lee and Elaine
    I am praying that you have peace, comfort and strength at this very sad time, as I reflect on happy memories from our shared past. Recently, I bumped into Ken at Chinook and enjoyed hearing about how much he was enjoying spending time with his grandchildren as well as flying.
    Unfortunately I am unable to attend the service as I will be out of town but I will be thinking of you.

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  15. Andrew and Lea :

    I had the good fortune to work with Ken for the past eight years at Canacol Energy. We joined the company a few months apart when it was a small start-up and formed the geophysics and geology partnership evaluating new business ventures as it grew into a sizeable oil and gas company in South America. Along the way we had an awful lot of fun and travelled together to many far flung destinations. After one particularly grueling multi-leg economy flight to Brazil sitting in the back seats next to the toilets, we ended the day having a drink on Copacabana beach, to which Ken raised his glass with a typical smile and a “life’s not too bad after all, is it?” remark. He was an incredibly humble man of many abilities and accomplishments; I never once heard him brag or take credit for any of the oil and gas discoveries that he had been involved in- he was simply excited about the fun he had in discovering something new. On any typical day I would pop next door to ask him a simple question and would spend the next hour or two captivated as he showed me his latest ideas; he would jump back in geological time to think about what the world looked like then, jump far out into space to talk about his latest astronomical thoughts, get sidetracked by an aeroplane story or two, then proudly give me the latest family updates. And probably be writing some new software at the same time. He was always a patient, wise and helpful colleague who never failed to put a smile on the face of anyone who made his acquaintance. Sometimes you don’t realize how lucky you are until you have lost something, but in the case of Ken I was aware every day that I was privileged to work with such a gentleman. He will be sorely missed. Lea and I send our sincere condolences to all of his family and friends.

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  16. Larry Lines :

    To the family and friends of Ken Umbach,
    Those of us who knew Ken as a friend and colleague are greatly saddened by this sudden and tragic loss of a warm and intelligent geophysicist. Ken and I started our careers at Amoco at about the same time in 1977. I was always impressed by Ken’s knowledge of science and his wonderful sense of humor. Following our Amoco careers, we would meet at conventions and share the latest industry news over a drink or two. He will certainly be missed as a person we were all happy to know.
    Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the funeral but my thoughts will be with you all.

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  17. Wil and Gail VanGestel :

    Our sincere condolences to you all, the Umbach Family. We were shocked and saddened at the news of Ken’s untimely death, which we received while Elaine was visiting with us in Nova Scotia. We will remember Ken, from our days in Jakarta, Houston and the visits to N.S., as a friend with a smile for everyone and a good heart. May it comfort you that we share in your grief. Our sincere condolences on your loss and may you be blessed with God’s help during this difficult time.

    We are sorry that we are unable to come out to the service, but know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

    God bless and may he Rest in Peace.

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  18. Dorothy Kershaw (Adam) & Marion Scott :

    Our condolences to the family at this time. We regret we will not be attending the service.

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  19. Christy and Family;
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad and grandpa! May all of the happy times you have spent with him, help a little as you try to cope with this tragedy.

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  20. Nichola, Jesse and Gregory Van Gestel :

    Dear Christy, Sandy and Lee,
    We were extremely sad to hear of Ken’s passing. We all had fond memories of Ken during our various visits together around the world. He always had a bright smile and kept us entertained as kids, as far back as Jakarta to us (Nichola and Jesse) staying with the family in Houston, camping in Alberta or taking Sampson for a walk.
    We are sorry for your loss and send our condolences.
    Nichola, Jesse and Gregory Van Gestel

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  21. Nichola, Jesse and Gregory VanGestel :

    Dear Christy, Sandy and Lee,
    We were extremely sad to hear of Ken’s passing. We all had fond memories of Ken during our various visits together around the world. He always had a bright smile and kept us entertained as kids, as far back as Jakarta to us (Nichola and Jesse) staying with the family in Houston, camping in Alberta or taking Sampson for a walk.
    We are sorry for your loss and send our condolences.
    Nichola, Jesse and Gregory Van Gestel

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  22. Roy &Vera Beals Nova Scotia :

    Christy,Sandy&Lee we are so very sorry to hear of your father’s tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Alan ,we are very sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts.

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  23. Roy & Vera Beals :

    Christy,Sandy&Lee we are so very sorry to hear of your father’s tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Alan we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

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  24. George & Crystal Burrell :

    Sending our deepest sympathy to Ken’s family. We enjoyed our visits with Ken when he came to N.S. to visit with my sister Gail & family. Praying for peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and long memories to forever hold in your heart.

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  25. Patricia Anderson :

    Elaine and Umbach family members, so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. May the Lord hug your hearts as you grieve through your loss. We will always have fond memories of our many times together at Bonavista. Blessings and love from the Anderson’s.

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  26. It is with sadness that I learned tonight of Ken’s passing. Christy, Sandy, Lee and Elaine take strength in the knowledge that God’s arms enfold you as you grieve the loss of Ken. I have fond memories of past times at Bonavista seeing Ken chair the Board of Elders, enjoying times in small group and sharing meals around the table. Abundant blessings to all of you.

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  27. I got to know Ken after he joined the Calgary Flying Club and spent many Saturday’s flying with him and the rest of the Saturday gang. After becoming more active in the Club, I had the privilege to work more closely with Ken and we became closer as I recognized all the qualities and contributions he made in not just flying but in all areas of his life. Ken came down to Bend, OR for a mini-vacation and had additional opportunities to get to know him on a more personal level learning about his family and especially his grand daughter whom he spoke of most fondly. I will miss Ken’s humor and casual and calm approach to things and will carry my fond memories of him always. Blue Skies & Tail Winds Ken. It was a privilege.

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  28. Michael & Heather Bewza :

    Dear Umbach family,
    Our sincerest condolences to you in the loss of Ken. May your memories of his wonderful adventures be of comfort to you.

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  29. Hello Sandy and all of Ken’s family
    Thinking of Ken on his birthday. I think he would have had a chuckle to know it was the same day as the legalization of pot, but likely not indulged himself.

    I’m getting together with some ex-Amoco colleagues on Monday to remember Ken and raise a glass in his name. He will not be forgotten.

    Warm regards
    Cathy

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