Aug 17,1942---May 10,2022

Karen Williams Umscheid
(August 17, 1942- May 10, 2022)
Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Karen was born and lived most of her life in Wichita, Kansas. She married her high school sweetheart, Bob Umscheid, in 1959 and they have four children: Vincent, Julie, Marcia, and Brenda. They have nine grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.

Karen worked outside in several jewelry stores and then for Beech Aircraft before returning to college. She earned her B.S. from Wichita State University in 1987 and went to work at KSNW television. Her volunteer work with Wichita Community Theatre prepared her well for her duties as Community Service Director with the station. In this role she was responsible for everything from entertaining visiting celebrities, to creating and directing Public Service Announcements, to organizing and running the Treasure Island event at the Wichita River Festival, which she did for ten years.

Karen was known in the community as the person to turn to when you had a seemingly impossible task: build a parade float, locate blue ribbons for an anti-drug campaign, shoot a video of zoo animals and set it to music, or find a working dunk tank and the celebrities to sit in it. She closed her professional career with a two-year stint as director of the Wichita branch of the National Head Injury Association raising money and awareness of the issues associated with this common trauma long before our current focus on concussions from sports.

Karen helped care for numerous relatives throughout the years. She lived and understood the difficulty faced by women who are caregivers caught between the needs of her children, grandchildren, and elderly parents. Her vibrant personality, love for nature and fun, and her devotion to her family are the precious legacy she has left behind for all who knew and loved her.

A private family service will be held at a later date

The family requests no flowers please.


Pauletta Shutts May 11 ,2022

friend ,Wylie ,Texas

How I loved her! Such a wonderful friend. Hugs to Bob & the kids!

Sandra Rule May 12 ,2022

Neighbor and good friend ,OLATHE ,Kansas

Dear Ones! I'm sooo sorry to lose this good friend! I knew that when I would leave my little Gracie (Bichon) with Karen and Bob, that she'd have a good time, be taking care of as if she was their own. Karen loved her cuddle time with Gracie, as did Gracie with Karen. Gracie and Lucy went to grooming together after they moved here, and it was a great relationship for them as well! I will miss our spur-of-the-moment chats on the sidewalk, and sit-downs in the sun room! Prayers for the days ahead, love and hugs, Sandy Rule

Kelly Circle May 12 ,2022

family friend ,Indianapolis ,Indiana

Karen was such a life force and the matriarch of a loving family. I'm so grateful she and Bob welcomed us into their hearts and I treasure the memories of many family/life occasions celebrating life together. I'm glad she is not in pain anymore but will miss her dearly. Our prayers are with everyone.

Ken and Linda Lamb May 12 ,2022

Friend ,Santa Rosa ,California

Sending our love to all of you and share in your sadness having to say goodbye to Mom. We hope you can find some peace knowing what great gifts she gave in raising such a wonderful family with her Bob. Praying your angels wrap you in their wings and surround you with love and light.

Leslie Scott Bolte May 13 ,2022

Friend ,Valley Center ,Kansas

Sorry for your loss. I know if Mom and Dad (Betty and OW Scott) were still here they would want to send their condolences so I thought I’d do it for them.

Tess Levin May 16 ,2022

Friend of Brenda ,Maize ,Kansas

Dear Brenda and family—I pray for God’s grace to be upon each of you at this sad time. May your wonderful memories of your mother, grandmother and great- grandmother and your love for each other give you comfort. Tess

Danielle Culver May 16 ,2022 ,Hermosa Beach ,California

Our condolences to Karen's family during this most difficult time. We have many fond memories of Bob and Karen. I remember her smile and her laugh the most. We spend a lot of time hanging out at her house in Pony Meadows with Brenda. May you rest in peace, Karen and may your loved ones find comfort in your memory.