Charles Odell Pumphrey

charles pumphrey

March 4, 1953 ~ February 20, 2023

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Charles Odell Pumphrey, 69, was born to Pat and Bill Pumphrey on March 4, 1953, and passed away on Feb. 20, 2023, in Pueblo, Colo.

He is survived by three sons, Nathan (Kristina) of Edmond Okla., Andrew of Pullman, Wash., and Michael of Pullman, Wash.; three grandsons, Tyler, Reed, and Zaine; and siblings, Mark Pumphrey of Arvada and Rita Marquez of Pueblo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and younger brother, Don, who died in an auto accident in 1979.

Charley graduated from Pueblo East High in 1971 and USC in 1999. He was gifted in so many areas—whether it be mechanical, technological, or horticultural. He could fix or install almost anything. Charley was a spectacular skier, lover of nature, and fisherman, and was gifted with a sense of humor that was both kind and cutting.

In 2008 he was in an accident that began a downhill spiral with disability and pain. His life became more and more challenging, but he was determined to have a positive attitude and his spark and zest for life remained.

Cremation by Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A celebration of his life will be scheduled for later this year. We will do our best to share the time and place with those of you who knew and loved Charley. Online condolences at


Complete arrangements to be announced later:

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  1. Sorry to hear of Charlies passing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
    Many great memories of Charlie at East High.
    Alex Glen

  2. My condolences to Charlie’s family. I am George Byrd’s sister Marilyn. It was good to read his obituary to get the total image of the man I knew. George and I grew up with the Pumphreys around the block. I have fond memories of Mark and Rita. Unfortunately, I was Charlie in his latter years at George’s. He was suffering then. May he rest in peace. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

  3. Let me try this again:

    I met Charlie back in the ‘Golden Age’ of my youth in Belmont.
    We attended junior and senior high together.
    We played different levels of football during this time and hung out early on.
    I vividly remember being invited to attend an East football game in Colorado Springs by Charlie and his folks.
    This memory stands out clearly all these years because it was a time in my life when I was meeting new people and making new friends. Those who grew up at this time understand my endearment and fondness.
    Anyway, that Autumn evening in Springs was perfect. We stopped at Shakey’s before the game, ate pizza like no tomorrow and then headed to Gerry Berry stadium where the Eagles defeated Wasson. The Pumpfrey’s wouldn’t let me pay for anything that night…
    Eventually we went our own ways and found our own niche, graduated, and moved on.
    It is a rather sad time in my life, as I experience family and friends passing to the next life.
    I feel my own mortality creeping in when my childhood friends and acquaintances move on.

    My condolences to the Pumpfrey family.
    Know that Charlie walks thru the ‘Fields’ at Peace and Free of Pain…
    Thanks for the memories, Chuck!!

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