May 13 2010

Remembering Victor, 1920-2010

Published by at 4:09 am under Family,Memorial,Remembrance

Here is Victor many years ago with Jared, who now is almost 22.

Here is Victor many years ago with Jared, who now is almost 22.

On May 13, we lost Linda and Deb’s dad, Victor Lumper, who passed while reading in his favorite chair and no doubt trying to disprove the validity of the Big Bang theory. I remember a long conversation with Victor at the dinner table Christmas 2009 in which he was determined to prove to me that the Big Bang theory of the universe’s creation was impossible. He said he was writing a book about it.

As you might imagine, Victor was a learned man, and his concepts often befuddled me. But he was always striving for knowledge, right up til the end. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, serving as a pilot in the Navy. Though he had a distinguished military career, Victor didn’t like to talk much about the things he saw when he served.

Here is the text of the obituary which ran in the Darien News:

Victor Z. Lumper

Victor in the classroom. Date unknown.

Victor in the classroom. Date unknown.

Victor Z. Lumper of Newtown, died unexpectedly at his home Thursday, May 13. He was 89, and a cancer survivor.

Born in Union, Ore., on Nov. 25, 1920, he was the son of the late John Harry and Ida (Greenwood) Lumper.

He lived in Darien for more than 20 years with his wife Doris Higgins and raised his family there. He later moved to Newtown, where he lived for more than 20 years.

He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in zoology and his master’s degree in education from Yale University. He was a decorated lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a pilot in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. While in the Navy, he also served as an instructor for NROTC and while stationed in Newport, R.I., he taught at Officer’s Candidate School.

He moved to Darien in 1960 and taught at Darien High School until 1992, when he retired from teaching. He also worked at PMS, Inc., based in Stamford, then in Darien, as a chemist, for many years.

He enjoyed spending time in his yard, tending to his garden, his animals and his bees. He was an avid reader, always trying to improve his own knowledge. He also enjoyed country western and ballroom dancing. He was a great dancer. He enjoyed telling interesting stories to his friends and neighbors about his life experiences.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Ide and her husband, Stephen, of Norton, Mass., and Linda Sisman and her husband, Warren Jr. (Tad), of Olive Branch, Miss.; one sister, Roberta Jean Lumper of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren, Jared and Rachel Ide of Norton and Erica and Lee Sisman of Olive Branch; many nieces and nephews; and Marjorie Costa, his long-time companion.

A future date will be set for immediate family to celebrate his life.

Memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society or a favorite charity of your choice.

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