Rodney Leo Pumphrey, 71, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, with his family by his side after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Rod was born Jan. 18, 1942, in Denver, a son to Leo Nelman Pumphrey and Julia Edith Wallace Pumphrey.
He attended schools in Colorado and Portland, Ore., graduating in 1960 from Park Rose High School in Portland.
He worked in the plumbing industry starting at the age of 20 up until his retirement in August 2005. He held many positions over the years including contracts manager, superintendent, project manager, project engineer, design draftsman and journeyman plumber. During his career, he worked in many different locations all over the United States and also spent some time in Saudi Arabia.
He married Lilly Gladys Kilbrai on Dec. 28, 1985, in San Jose, Calif.
After retiring, Rod moved to Rigby in 2005, wanting to be close to the Idaho and Montana rivers and mountains. He had many hobbies; some of his favorites were fly fishing, cars, trains and antiquing.
His love for automobiles started when he was a young man and was unwavering -- he especially enjoyed working on race cars, hot rods and being involved with others who shared his passion. He also loved fishing and started off as a tournament bass fisherman, but found his true calling when he learned to fly fish during a trip to Ennis, Mont. He never touched a rod and reel again.
He was also very involved in whatever community he was a part of -- starting with church activities, men's ministries and Bible studies. He also became a supporter of local clubs and charitable organizations such as the Rigby Rotary Club, Strings for Kids, Racing for Smiles and Jack and Madelyn Scully Scholarship Fund, just to name a few.
He is survived by his wife, Lilly Pumphrey of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Christine Pumphrey; and a son, Jim (Tina) Pumphrey, both of Sacramento, Calif.; two stepsons, Gerry (Leslie) Guenther and Randy (Cathy) Guenther, both of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Joyce Christianson of Otter Rock, Ore.; three grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Roberts Community Center, with Pastor Steve Molsee officiating. The family will visit with friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Madison Valley Cemetery in Ennis, Mont.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.