Richard Herman Uptmor, 84 passed away on August 3, 2020 at home of natural causes. He had Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Richard (Dick) was born August 13, 1935 to William (Bill) and Irene Ann Uptmor in “Our Lady of Consultation” hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho, He lived with his family near Keuterville, Idaho. He and his family attended the Keuterville Church, which was built in 1885. His elementary schooling was on Moughmer Point in a tiny one room schoolhouse, Pineview. He attended high school at St. Gertrude’s Academy in Cottonwood, Idaho. He graduated in 1953. He had 22 classmates. In the fall of 1953, he extended his education in Los Angeles, California excelling in Diesel and Automotive Mechanics. He worked many part-time jobs helping to pay for his education.
After graduation he returned to Cottonwood. For several years he worked for George Crea operating a bulldozer and doing mechanical work. He worked for Sound Construction Company helping build the Radar Station for the United States Military on the Cottonwood Butte. He helped dig the trench for the Cottonwood Water Department up to the Butte for city water.
In 1958, he was drafted into the United States Army. During his service time he spent most of his career in Korea, which was not yet considered peace time. In 1960 he returned to Cottonwood and married Betty Jo Schaff. He was employed at Home Implements, (now Hometown Auto), for approximately one year. He was then drafted back into the service during the Berlin-Cubin Crisis for another year of service as a Specialist 4th class.
In 1962, he moved to Orland, California for 30 years. He and his wife raised four children. During that time, he was employed as a full-time journeyman Diesel Mechanic and a part-time 18-wheeler truck driver traveling throughout 8 western states and into Mexico. He soon ventured into his own successful business “Dick’s Diesel Repair” for over 13 years and hired several employees. He continued his business for four more years at which time he spent 3 times in an Alcoholic Treatment Center, accomplishing his way to recovery while working for a large farm in Orland, California as a Diesel Mechanic for 8 years, He also worked at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska in 1986-1987 for the Oil Industries.
In September he would have celebrated 33 years of sobriety. He returned to Cottonwood in 1992. He was employed by Seubert Excavators, Inc, for 6 years. He ventured into his own business again in 1998 and retired in 2001. He married MaryLou Stillman-Couch in 1996. They had previously dated in the late 1950’s. He has four stepchildren.
Richard enjoyed watching the Lawrence Welk Show, but was a country western music fan. This music was ignited during his recovery days seeing as many western artists as he could in Reno.
He truly loved camping and riding ATV’s. He and MaryLou spent five winters in Yuma, Arizona. They camped in many states and enjoyed camping at the Joe Wilson properties around Adam’s Camp.
He loved to talk with many friends and never met a stranger
He is survived by his wife MaryLou Uptmor, Cottonwood, Idaho, his daughter Laurie Uptmor, Red Bluff, CA. His two sons Jerry Uptmor, Anchorage, Alaska and Doug (Becca) Uptmor, Campbell, CA. Four grandchildren, Zoe and Zak Davin, and Audrey and Elliott Uptmor. Four stepchildren; Rick, Mona, Adam, Sheri and their children and grandchildren. His 5 sisters; Evelyn (Morgan) Durant, Tuscon, Arizona, Marti Abrahamson, Spokane, Washington, Judy (Steve) Kranz, Boise, Idaho, Marge Eisele, Lewiston, Idaho, Dorean Nuxoll of Lewiston. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, an uncle, and an aunt.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Eileen Davin. His father William (Bill) Uptmor, his mother Irene Hatke Uptmor, brother Robert Uptmor, brothers-in-law Ernie Nuxoll, Bud Eisele, and Jim Abrahamson. Sister-in-law Leone Uptmor.
A rosary will be recited Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with mass of Christian burial to follow at 11:00 am. Inurnment will take place at Keuterville Cemetery with military honors. There will be no gathering afterwards due to Coronavirus. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.