William R. Pumphrey

william pumphrey

December 7, 1948 ~ July 27, 2004

Resided in: Pueblo West, CO

William R. 'Bill' Pumphrey, 55, passed away July 27, 2004, in Pueblo West, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Pumphrey. Survivors include his father, Paul (Karla) Pumphrey of Pueblo; children, Chelli (Shaun) Seaholm of Denver, Brian (Sarah) Pumphrey of Pueblo and Ashley Poelman of Pueblo West; siblings, Dr. Robert Pumphrey of Denver, John (Sue Ann) Pumphrey of Decatur, Alabama, Clinton Pumphrey, Kristin Pumphrey and Jaelee (Robert) Jones, all of Pueblo; granddaughter, Mila Rae Seaholm of Denver and several nieces and nephews. Bill was a native of Pueblo and graduated from Centennial High School in 1967 and Southern Colorado State College in 1971. He served in the United States Army for several years and was the Commanding Officer of the local Army Reserve Unit. He was a real estate broker with his company Prime Equities and was actively involved with other entities including PT's Wings and Ribs and Rock Canyon Waterslide in Pueblo and The Wild West Steak House in Cañon City. His dream was to develop several of his properties adjacent to the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project but his premature fight with melanoma has left his dream to others. His generous, warm and fun-loving spirit will be missed by all. A viewing will be held at Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home on Friday, July 30, 2004, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the Pueblo Convention Center with the Reverend Amy Piatt officiating. Those who desired may make memorials to the Lance Armstrong Foundation or to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I was so saddened to hear about Billy’s death. I have only wonderful memories of him. He was a very generous man and I am so pleased to have known him. My thoughts go out to all of his family.

    Carol Rooney

  2. My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family – I knew Bill through his cousin, Mark. Bill’s great spirit will live on through great memories of him.

  3. Dear Johnny, Sue Ann, Dorsey and Tormey, and the entire Pumphrey Family,

    Chris and Michelle join me in sending you our deepest condolences for the loss of Johnny’s brother, Billy. We all know it isn’t easy to lose someone you love. There is hope, though, in Christ. I know Billy was a Christian, as are we. So, you can rest assured that we will see him again in heaven. He left us with a lot to fill the void until then. I know, through our prayer chain at church, that Billy faced his passing like a man — brave and repentant. He was truly inspiring, and I know, a good man.

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend Billy’s celebration of his life service at the convention center. I was out of town, and hadn’t been reading the paper for a few days. I didn’t hear until Betty Marquez called me for the prayer chain last night, and I returned her call this morning. She mentioned that she was disappointed because she had missed Billy’s service at the convention center because she got the times mixed up. I’m sure the service was awesome.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Janette Stern, Michelle and Chris,
    Your old friends and neighbors

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy’s family and friends. Billy and I enjoyed a particular closeness during our school days. In later years when our paths would occasionally cross he was still the same person – smiling, caring and full of energy. He is at peace.

  5. Dear Paul, Karla, and family – Joe and I were so sorry to learn of Bill’s untimely death. There must be no more painful experience than to lose a child. Our sincere condolences.

  6. I knew Billy through his cousins, Charley and Mark. Whenever I was around him, he was always friendly and had that great smile. May he rest in peace.

  7. It has been a long time that I was last with Billy – I seem like a lifetime ago, and it was.
    Billy, my best to you for the great times that we shared together. Rest in peace my brother.
    We shared some wonderful times together. The Pumphrey’s let me into their family for a while back in the late sixties – early seventies, and in many ways, I had multiple families back then and loved them all.
    Along with his brothers, Bobby and John, and a few others, we partially owned the Monarch Ski Area when we were up there – oh, how I have missed that.
    We were also housemates together at the still infamous, and Pueblo’s most note worthy landmark “The Howard Hilton”. I still dream of being high up on a ladder with Billy and his brothers, painting, and painting, and painting. This simple home to us is still mentioned, from time to time even to this day and from people that I don’t even know, with much reverence and awe.
    To the Pumphrey family, my deepest and most sincere prayers and thoughts, for your loss – may God bless you and Billy with grace, hope, and trust.

    ~ Wayne J. Huber ~

  8. My and my family’s condolences go out to the family and friends of Billy Pumphrey. Growing up in Pueblo, I was lucky to share my early life with Billy and the rest of the Pumphrey clan. He was a good guy and I’m sure he’ll be missed by many. You are all in out thoughts.
    With love,

  9. To all of Billy’s family & friends-
    I share in the deep sense of saddenss at our loss. I knew Bill for many years—we go way back to the 1970s when our parents were friends. We later became good friends and ski buddies. Billy was so much fun to be with! We spent many crazy times particularly at Monarch and Breckenridge with a special groups of friends. He was also kind and generous. He really helped out once during a time of transition in my life by sharing his home with me. Although I lived away from Colorado for many years, I seemed to always run into Billy when I was in Pueblo visiting family. I am so grateful for having a chance to chat and catch up with him only last summer. I feel fortunate to have known and spent some memorable times with Billy. I will miss and never forget his warmth and smile! My prayers are for his peace and everlasting life beyond this earth.
    Prayers, love and deepest sympathy to all who loved this wonderful man.
    Bambi ‘Dawn’ Sullivan
    Denver, CO

  10. May God be a special comfort to you all in this time of loss.
    Mary and Chuck Highline and Dwain Witt

  11. To the entire Pumphrey Family: Billy was a great man and a wonderful friend. I loved him with all my heart and will miss him with all my heart. I counted on his infectious smile and positive attitude. I also would like to thank you for including me in everything the way you have. You have made me feel so loved and appreciated. After getting to know you all I realize I didn’tbb lose a friend, I gained a wonderful family that I love also. Thank you for everything. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Anne

  12. I have been blessed to become a part of the Pumphrey family thanks to Mark. I want to thank all the Pumphrey’s for taking me in as one of their own. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Stephanie Don Vito

  13. To all my beloved family,

    Billy “Willy Reed Pigfree” will always be remembered by me as a fighter. Through the tougher times in his business ventures to his bout with his latest foe… Billy was a winner. He truly embodied the manifestation of “Living like you are dying..” I will always cherish my cuz and his infectious smile. Rest in peace Billy.

  14. To the family of Bill, it is with deep sorrow I send my condolences. I am a friend of Jaylee Jones (Bill’s sister)and family. Even though I didn’t know Bill personally,I received a continual update of his condition through Jaylee. May God, bless and watch over you through this difficult time.
    Sincere sorrow

  15. We will always remember Billy’s great personality that went along with that big smile of his. He had the ability to make everyone feel like a dear friend.

  16. Dear Karla,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God guide you through this difficult time.


  17. Billy started out as my landlord (Baltimore Billy)and ended up being an incredible friend. He even taught this “Detroit girl” how to swing dance! I always admired his deep loyalty to his family and friends. Billy had a spirit that was forever young and a smile that was absolutely infectious….and that is how I will always remember him. My prayers go out to his family and all who loved him.

  18. We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Bill was a long time friend to us and he will be sadly missed. I am not in town to attend the services but our thoughts are with all of you.
    Jodean Guay and children

    Jodean Guay and children

  19. So very sorry to hear about Bill, He was a great landlord, He was our landlord for 24 years we will miss him.

  20. Dear Family,
    Our thought and prayers are with each of you. Words can’t describe what a privilege it has been to spend this time with all of you and our beloved Billy.
    Love, Rita and Dave

  21. I will miss Billy’s smile and powerful energy. He was blessed to be born into such a beautiful and dynamic family of Pumphries.

  22. Dear Uncle Paul, Chelli, Brian, Ashley, Jaelee, Bo, and Jo… and all the rest too. We are in Brighton, UK today and we were able to read the obit @ an internet cafe. We just want you to know that we are with you in our prayers and thoughts each day. We are very grateful for the family we have and the opportunities this journey with Billy provided for us in the past months. I know that these next days will be a real gift in the midst of our tears. We will see you all soon when we return. Love and Grace and Peace, Mark and Mary Kay.

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