WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the passing on Saturday, September 17 of Michael V. Omps, 60, of Clear Brook, Virginia. Mr. Omps competed on the Grand National circuit in several stints since the 1980s in Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks ("Green Machine" Ford).
Mr. Omps was the co-owner and operator of H.H. Omps Transportation, Inc. In addition to his competitive interest and mechanical prowess, he was an avid outdoorsman. Mr. Omps' brother Kenneth, a.k.a. Willie, also pulled in the pickup division ("Bits 'n Pieces," "Enforcer"). The two competed at the regional level as early as 1980, earning points in the Association's northeastern Region I in the 6,500-lb. Open, and each won a session at Lowville, New York in 1983. That same week, Mike won his first Grand National event in Syracuse. He finished second in Brandenburg, Kentucky in 2021 in what proved to be one of his last NTPA appearances.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marcella ("Beattle") in February 2021. In addition to Willie and his wife Lisa, Mr. Omps is survived by his daughter Kelsey (Matthew) Omps-Artrup, two grandchildren, sisters Jessie (Terry) Gulick and Martha (Wayne) Miller, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends of Mr. Omps is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Amherst Chapel at Omps Funeral Home, 1600 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601 (540.662.6633). His funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the chapel. It will be followed by a Celebration of Life at the Gore (Virginia) Fire Hall.
Please keep the Omps family in your thoughts.