On this day, June 1, 2019, Charles Ernest Puff (Charley) passed away unexpectedly and is happily reunited with his eternal companion, Nancy. Charley was born March 6, 1936, in East Los Angeles, California. He attended Humphreys Avenue Grade School, Kern Avenue Junior High School and Mark Kepple High School in Los Angeles. He still has two life-long friends in Los Angeles: John Jeffreys and Joe Weaver. Charley moved to Tooele, Utah, in 1950 and attended Tooele High School. He was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1954. He then volunteered for the U.S. Army and served from 1954 to 1956.
Upon his return to the U.S., Charley attended Brigham Young University (BYU) and LDS Business College. He was sealed to Nancy Joyce Smith on Aug. 28, 1959, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Charley and Nancy were active members of the Church, holding many callings. They were called as temple ordinance workers in the Salt Lake City Temple in April 2000; Nancy served until 2004, and Charley until 2011.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He is survived by his children, Shannon Novak (Everett Bassett, Lars Rodseth), and Andrea Puff-Newberry (Lance); sisters, Christine Rawlings, and Janis Cannon; brother Richard (Cherye); grandchildren, Maeve Bassett, Jordan Newberry, McCall and Isabella White; sister-in-law, Sherry Burton; nephew, Ian Burton (Megan); and many other relatives.
A viewing will be held Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele. Funeral service is on Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m., with viewing prior from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at the Middle Canyon Ward, 1100 E. Skyline Drive, Tooele. Burial will be at the Tooele City Cemetery. Charlie’s classic car show family are encouraged to bring their cars for the procession to the cemetery.