Robert James Pumpelly

May 23, 1919January 15, 2013
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Robert James Pumpelly, 93, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Augusta, Kansas, May 23, 1919. He graduated from high school in Oklahoma City in 1936. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Force during WWII for 3 ½ years and has been a pilot for over 50 years. He served as past Chairman of the Board of Pumpelly Oil, LLC and Pumpelly Tire, LLC. He also served as past president of Boy’s Village, YMCA, Lake Charles Credit Bureau, Calcasieu Area Safety Counsel, Calcasieu Area of Boy Scouts of America, Calcasieu Area American Heart, La. Oil Marketers, Inc. He was past board member of Calcasieu Area Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, Crime Stoppers, La. Saving & Loan, Samaritan Counseling Center, Downtown Rotary Club, Gideon’s International, Fourth Ave. Church of God, Foreman Reynaud YMCA, Mid America Christian University, Calcasieu Cameron Association for Persons with Orthopedic Disabilities, Advisory Board Calcasieu Community of Clinic. He was the past President and board member for 45 years of Mid-American Christian University. He was a member of the American Legion, served as Sunday School Superintendent, teacher and board member of Christ Community Church. He was currently attending Emmanuel Baptist Church. Awards include Foreman Reynaud YMCA Man of the Year, 1982; Chamber of Commerce Civic Service Award, 1981; Rotarian of the year, Downtown Club, 1960; Beta Gamma Sigma Recognition Award, McNeese 1992; Lake Charles East Rotary, Jack Harris Award 1988; Angel Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield, 1997; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mid America Christian University Oklahoma City, OK in 1981; Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award 1975; Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award 1990; Della Krause Thielen Foundation Citizen of Year and Founders Circle Award 1998; Honored by the Lake Charles Optimist Club at Annual Golf Tournament, 1998; YMBC Club Citizen of the Year 1982. He was married to Vida Vincent in 1941 that preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Ruth Pumpelly; children Jane Brumby and Glenn Pumpelly; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Pumpelly of Houston, Texas; 3 sisters, Marie Arnett of Westlake, Lois Hoyler of Lake Charles and Sylvia Dunn of Lake Charles. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18 at 11:00am at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Reverend Cliff Sanders and Reverend Francis LaRocque will officiate. Pallbearers are Turner Brumby, Gray Pumpelly, Steven Hooks, James R. Snow, Ray Yerkey and Paul Fetzer. Burial will be at Prien Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday 4pm – 8pm and Friday from 8am until service time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gideons International, Mid-America Christian University or the McNeese Foundation. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2013

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January 21, 2013

This was a good man. I enjoyed working for him when I stayed with Mrs. Marie.

Brenda Redburn

January 19, 2013

Mr. Glenn, I was so sorry of hearing of your dads passing. You probably don't remember me but, I started working for your company in your westlake store. Your family always treated their employees as family. I have fond memories of your father. He was a great man. I live in Arkansas now so this is the only way that I can show my respect. My prayers are with you and your family.
Brenda Redburn

Martha Black

January 19, 2013

I am so thankful I was on the Board of Trustees with Bob at Mid-America Christian University. It was a pleasure knowing him. I pray God will comfort all your hearts.

January 19, 2013

George and Suzanne Q Caldwell Sonnier
So sorry Jane, wish I could have been there. My health prohibited me from attending.

Much love to your Family, Suzanne Q Caldwell Sonnier

January 18, 2013

Jane, I just returned home from babysitting in Shreveport and read about your father's death. Please know that our prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely, Susan and Darrell Morris

January 17, 2013

Christian-Business Man-Pilot-Humanitarian

A person whose broad intellectual interest & Expertise Span different subject areas is defined as "Renaissance"
Thanks Bob for your interest 60 years ago in a bunch of Boys who love you for what you for us. We will Never Forget Our "Renaissance Guy"
Kernell Miller
Boys Village 1951-1955

Randy & Susan Frost

January 17, 2013

Bob and Vida, see you in Heaven where I will finally buy your meal since I owe you so many. Thanks for showing me what a "REAL" Christian Man is like.

January 17, 2013

Glenn, Sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in my prayers! Les Lowery

T.A. and Doris Roberts

January 17, 2013

We knew Bob for many years. Never have we known a man with such a big heart and who epitomized the meaning of integrity so well. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our prayers go out to all of you.

January 17, 2013

Jane and Glenn - I'm sorry to hear of your father's death. Incredible gentleman who was a great Civic leader. If ya'll need anything just call at any time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.
Scott Moffett