Feb. 4, 1924 – July 28, 2011
Charles Nephi Shumway, Jr. died peacefully at the Utah Care Center in Vernal, Utah, on July 28, 2011. He was born in Lovell on Feb. 4, 1924, to Charles Nephi and Zitelle Hellstrom Shumway.
Charlie married his lifelong sweetheart Helen Asay on Oct. 2, 1943. They have five sons.
He was a member of the last horse riding cavalry unit of Wyoming. He was in bomber pilot training when World War II ended and returned home to Helen and to meet for the first time his six-month-old first born.
For several years he worked at the Lovell Chronicle as a typesetter and printer. In his late 20s and with two children, he entered the University of Utah where he earned his pharmacy degree and license. In 1955 he accepted employment at the Vernal Rexall Drug. In the early 1960s he opened his own store, Shumway Pharmacy. In 1974 he sold his store to the Skaggs/Osco drugstore chain and was hired as a pharmacy manager. He retired in 1986.
Along the way, Charley also served as a Vernal city councilman, on the board of the Uintah Care Center, as a member of the Utah Governor’s Water Pollution Board and as a member of the Vernal Rotary Club. He was dedicated to the improvement and development of Vernal and Utah.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved working in the temple. He and Helen have sent sons and grandsons on LDS missions throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
He is survived by his wife; sons Charley (Marijo) of Las Vegas, John (Connie) of Vernal, Jed (Cindy) of Cedar City Utah and Brad (Kelly) of Olathe, Kan.; 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Smith H. Shumway; a grandson, Jason Duaine Shumway and a great-grandson, Jeremy Shumway.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at the Vernal Third Ward LDS Chapel. A viewing was held the night before at Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and one hour prior to services at the church.
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors by the American Legion Posts 11 and 124 and the Utah Army National Guard under the direction of the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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