Charles Howard (Chuck) Stump Jr. died on April 23, 2022 at Canyon Creek Memory Care Center in Billings surrounded by his family.
Chuck was born in Cody on September 23, 1936, to Cecil Howard and Mary E. (Gonion) Stump, joining his sister Patsy in the family home. He grew up in Cody and South Fork. While living at Barbee Ranch on Marquette Creek with Patsy and her younger siblings, Bill and Becky, he had Carter Mountain as his backyard and grew to appreciate and love the mountains. Chuck was a proud member of Cody High School’s graduating class of 1954.
Chuck met his soul mate, Esther Janice Malliot, in 1953. They married a year later in 1954, a marriage that lasted 68 years. They had four children: Cassandra Lee, Cecil Howard, Tara Louise and Laine Ray.
Unable to join the Army, Navy, or Air Force due to ill health, Chuck joined the Wyoming National Guard, where he served his country for nine years.
Chuck and Janice owned and operated S&S Auto Repair, a longtime fixture in Cody’s business community. One of the first 18 mechanics in the nation to be certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, Chuck was the premier mechanic in town for many years and was known for his ability to diagnose engine problems by ear. . His love for automobiles also extended to restoring vintage cars, specializing in those from the 1950s and circa 1950s. His favorite was a 1949 Ford Club Coupe, which he lovingly maintained.
Chuck has had many hobbies over the years, from “drift hunting” to woodworking to citizen band radios. He took flying lessons and obtained his private pilot’s license in 1981, although he still preferred to travel the mountains and foothills in a 4×4 vehicle.
A man of many talents, Chuck also built the house in which he and Janice lived. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting on the porch of this house with his coffee and a cigarette in hand, watching his beloved cats and the baby rabbits and deer that gathered in his yard.
Before Chuck in death was his daughter Tara Louise and grandson Brandyn Laine Stump.
He is survived by his wife Janice; his daughter Cassandra Stump Ando; sons Cecil and Laine Stump; two granddaughters Ezgi and Bahar Stump; six grandsons Chris and Bryan Ando, Charles (Grace) Stump and David, Thom and Tim Hodgson. Chuck’s sisters Pat (Lee) Ballinger and Becky Robinson and brother Bill Mcjunkin also survived.
A private memorial will take place.
Those who wish may donate to a charity of their choice in Chuck’s name.