August 27, 1922 ~ February 1, 2000


Resided in: Pueblo, CO

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 High School. 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 lines. 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.

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  1. My condolences to the family on your great loss. Charley spoke very highly of his father and spoke of him often. It is obvious that he was vey loved.

  2. Wish we could be with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all. Memories are comforting and God’s time is the Healer.

  3. I’ll miss him. My guess is he’ll a copy of this guestbook. Then, when the rest of us join him in heaven, we’ll have to sit down with him and go over all the names.
    I’m looking forward it.
    He was one fine man.

  4. We’ll miss you Uncle Bill. I don’t know what I’ll do without all of your e-mail jokes! My thoughts are with those of you who were so close to him. Love, Chelli

  5. My tremendous sympathy to the family. Though I never had the opportunity to know Bill, I often felt that I did through the obvious love Charley so often showed for him. I know he will be missed by you all terribly, but the legacy he passes on with his wonderful children and the continuing generations is a great testimony to a life well-lived. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. I wish I could be there with you at this sad time. Have fond memories of the times spent with Bill and my Aunt Pat.

  7. We’ll miss you Uncle Bill. I’ll always remember the summer evenings on the patio and especially the rainy ones.
    God bless you. You’ve left a wonderful legacy. Love you, Sue Ann and Johnny

  8. I was very fortunate to have Bill Pumphrey as another “dad” when I was growing up. He cared for me and I am a better person for that. Rest in Peace Bill.

  9. MY GRANDPA IS MY HERO!
    I COULD ONLY HOPE TO BE HALF THE MAN
    HE WAS.
    I NAMED MY FIRST BORN AFTER HIM AND
    I WILL BE SURE THAT HE IS RAISED IN YOUR HONOR
    I LOVE YOU GRANDPA!
    I OWE YOU SO MUCH.
    I WILL MISS FISHING WITH YOU THE MOST.
    YOU ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL LIKE A PRIORITY
    IN YOUR LIFE. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A PRIORITY IN MINE

    REST IN PEACE!
    GOD BLESS!
    I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU GRANDPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOUR ELDEST GRANDSON,
    NATE

  10. Where it says “Country” above I wanted to write “The one he helped preserve FREE!. My camarade in arms, I will miss you. You can fly now to your heart’s content. DOM

  11. Longtime neighbors and friends. We raised our
    families together in joys and sorrows and we had
    many pleasant shared events together. Bill, give
    our son Tommy a hug when you see him.

  12. Longtime neighbors and friends. We raised our
    families together in joys and sorrows and we had
    many pleasant shared events together. Bill, give
    our son Tommy a hug when you see him.

  13. Dear Bill,
    There are so many things I have learned about you since your passing. I don’t know if you ever realized what an impact you had on Nate and me. For that I am truly grateful and honored to be married to a man that regards you as his hero. Learning more about your life in these last few days has made me realize the role you have played in molding the man I consider my friend, my lover, my confidante. The adoration you not only felt but expressed to your beautiful wife, children, grandchildren and many others around you is so moving, and I know the example you have set has had a lasting effect on Nate. And then there’s me. What a blessing to become a part of your family. I am truly honored and proud to be a Pumphrey. And I thank you for the eight years of having a grandpa again. I know my grandpas in Heaven were proud to know I considered you in the ranks with them. You made me feel as if I was your own flesh and blood. And then there’s William Tyler. I am so proud that he carries your name but even more proud that he carries your blood. Please find comfort in knowing that you live on in all of us.
    With love and admiration,
    Kristina

  14. Our prayers are with you at this time and the days to come. From the families of Bob Thurston, Bill Thurston, Rick Thurston, Jim Martin and Bill Cowin, God Bless You All

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