August 27, 1922 ~ February 1, 2000
William Charles Pumphrey
August 27, 1922 - February 1, 2000
William 'Bill' Charles Pumphrey died at St. Mary Corwin Hospital on Tuesday
February 1st after a nearly 4-year battle with lung disease. Bill was born August 27,
1922, in Bellingham, Washington to Paul A. and Opal Pumphrey. He spent the first 9
years of life there and moved to Colorado Springs with his family around 1930. He
attended schools in Colorado Springs and graduated in 1940 from what is now Palmer
Bill then attended Colorado A&M (CSU). In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air
Corps and began his military service as a pilot. He was stationed at Ft. Morgan,
Colorado, Lubbock, Texas, Ft. Campbell Kentucky and was serving as an instructor at the
Army Air Corps Base for Glider Pilots in Alliance, Nebraska when the Allied Invasion
took place. Six weeks later he was involved in the battle for Europe and was flying out of
Abbeville, France. During his military career he landed over 500 gliders. For the
remainder of his military career he co-piloted C-47's where he delivered gas to the front
After the war he returned to Colorado Springs where he met a beautiful young
schoolteacher from Iowa named Patricia Anderson. They married June 6, 1947, at First
Christian Church in Colorado Springs. They moved to Pueblo where Bill and his brother
Paul had founded the Cleaver Carpet Cleaning Business in 1946.
Bill was a very active member of his beloved Pueblo community. He was
committed member of the Pueblo YMCA. He helped to build numerous buildings at
what is now Camp Jackson. He was an active Mason, Shiner and Elk. He and his family
were members at Park Hill Christian from 1947 until 1957. In 1957 the family joined
Central Christian Church where Bill served in numerous roles from Sunday School
teacher to Elder.
Later in life if Bill was not fishing his favorite activity was volunteering at the
Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center where he proudly wore his button that
said, 'Hi My Name is Bill, let me tell you where to go!'
Bill is survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Mark (Mary Kay) and Charles; daughter,
Rita Maquez (David); grandchildren, Nathan (Kristina), Amy (fiancé, Christian Piatt),
Andy, Matt (Melanie), Michael and Jed; three step-grandchildren, Stephanie, Faith and
Regie; five great-grand children. His brother and friend, Paul (Karla) Pumphrey and
numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death in 1979 by his youngest son,
Don who was killed in an automobile accident.
Services for Bill will be at Saturday, February 5, 2000, 10:00 a.m. at Central
Christian Church, 1902 North Hudson, with Dr. David Chambers presiding and Dr. Mark
William Pumphrey assisting. Anyone wishing to make memorial gifts can make them to
the Don and William Pumphrey Ministerial Scholarship at Phillips Theological Seminary
in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the funeral home serving as custodian. Please feel free to give
to the charity of your choice in Bill's name.