The man, the husband, Dad, Grampa, Great Grampa also known as “Bubblegum” began his greatest adventure of all on Sunday, April 22, by going to his Heavenly home after a valiant fight with an illness. His love and support from his family and friends along with his incredible faith and trust in God, allowed him to start his journey very peacefully.
Bill was born October 15, 1944 in Temple, Texas to Hilma and Duane Brumagim. His passion for adventure and traveling began when he moved to Australia in high school, after which he returned to the states and joined the Air Force. His life truly started in Rapid City, South Dakota when he met the woman of his dreams. He proposed on their second date and was married for 53 years to his beautiful bride, “Carol Joy” who he loved and cherished with all his heart. The most important part of his life was family, traditions and building life-long memories.
Carol Joy blessed him with his pride and joys, his “Critters” Deborah Oakley, (Husband Brian,) Penny Russell, Teresa Brumagim, Michelle Brumagim, and Billie Jo Brumagim. From his Critters came, Kayla Bailey (Husband Coty), Matthew Oakley, Jacob Oakley, Austin Russell (Wife Karissa), Travis Glasco, Abigail Brumagim, Amanda Glasco, and Mattison Brumagim. The newest critters, the Great Grandbabies, Nevaeh, Castella, Flynn, Eden, Ava , Nugget, and the many more to come. He wasn’t just Dad or Grampa to his immediate family, he was a Father figure to an uncountable number of people that he invested himself into their lives as well by giving much support, advice, guidance, and unconditional love.
Bill, a Jack-of-all trades, was always looking out for people. He started out with Metropolitan Life Insurance, and went into Financial Planning and became the owner of his own Mortgage Company. He touched many lives as a motivational speaker, and he continued imparting knowledge and wisdom to those around him.
His sense of adventure showed in his love for flying, sailing, boating, fishing, camping, traveling, building, problem solving, fixing everything, and teaching others how to master different skills around the house.
Bill never left anyone out, loved giving out hugs, loved laughter, hearing stories, and had an incredible passion for serving his community. This translated into years of volunteer services that started with Jaycees, Wranglers, and Special Olympics.
His faith began with Greeley Foursquare Church and then Resurrection Fellowship where he was an active member for over 33 years where he ushered, was part of 6:33, The SWAT team, and blessed thousands of people through Christmas baskets.
He was all about the simple things in life which he never took for granted. He loved road trips, playing games, and having quality time together. He enjoyed the outdoors, mountains, the ocean, any bodies of water, history, war movies, and cooking.
Bill Bubblegum was a man of strong faith who believed in the power and strength of Christ’s love. He never liked saying goodbye, so we will say, “Thank you for your impact on our lives, you are so loved and will be forever missed, but you will live on in the hearts and memories of all the people you have touched.” As you would say, instead of goodbye, “Love you snookum, snookum, and have a blessed day!”
Memorial contributions can be made to Carol Brumagim in care of Chase Bank.