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Obituary: Reuel Thomas Call

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Reuel Thomas Call, age 94, died September 24, 2002.

He was born Jan 29, 1908 in Afton, WY. He is the founder of the Callair Airplane Factory in Afton and the founder of Maverik Coun-try Stores, a chain of convenience stores/gasoline outlets located throughout the mountain west. He is also the founder of the Trailside convenience store chain, which he began in 1978. From about 1960 to 1975 he built and operated two small oil refineries: the "Caribou Refinery" in Woods Cross, UT and a refinery located near Farmington, NM. Reuel was a pioneer in the development of small aircraft designed for flying in mountainous areas. The "Callair" was noted for its performance on short, high altitude runways. It was manufactured in both a passenger and a spray-plane configuration. It was equipped with both wheels and skis for summer and winter flying. Reuel also developed and manufactured a "snowcar" that was powered by an aircraft engine with a propeller that pushed the machine forward. This forerunner to the current snow machine was used for cross-country travel in the mountains of Western Wyoming. He was also a pioneer in the marketing of self-service "independent" gasoline. His were some of the first self-service gasoline stations in the mountain west area. He first used the name "Maverik" as a brand for self-service gasoline in 1964. In addition to retailing gasoline direct to motorists, he wholesaled millions of gallons of gasoline to other retailers over a period of 40 years. A highly talented salesman, he operated a fleet of 50 tanker trucks that delivered gasoline to other independent marketers located throughout the west from California to Montana. Reuel was married to Lily Stocks in 1928. He was later divorced and married Verna Anson in 1932 with whom he lived for nearly 70 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna; and daughter, Cherie Johnson. He is survived by his children, Larry Call, Val Call, Bill Call, Tomie Loy Schreiber; descendents include 25 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchil-dren; and three great great-grand-children.

Services will be Wed. Oct 2, 2002, 12 noon, Bountiful Tabernacle, 51 S. Main St, Bountiful, UT. Friends may call Tues. 6-8 p.m., Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main and Wed. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment, Afton, WY. Online guest book and direction map at www.russonmortuary.com.